Nicki Minaj walks out on radio gig
Annual concerts are common for many of the major American radio stations: KROQ has the Weenie Roast, KIIS has Wango Tango, and New York hip hop station Hot 97 has the Summer Jam.
Generally, the Hot 97 Summer Jam goes off without a hitch. But what happens when you have a crowd of 50,000, your headline act is Nicki Minaj, and one of your announcers goes on stage prior to her set and bags her music to the crowd?
It was unlikely to end well, and it didn't.
Hot 97 announcer Peter Rosenberg (pictured) told the crowd on a sidestage “We’re all about that real hip-hop, I know there are some chicks in here waiting to sing along with ‘Starships’ later. I’m not talking to y’all right now. Fuck that bullshit”.
After hearing the comments made by the station announcer, Rapper Lil Wayne, who is the owner of the label that Minaj is on, pulled all of his artists, including Minaj, from the show and said they would not support Summer Jam anymore.
So what did the station announcer think of what his comments caused? He later tweeted “Last night I said nothing different than I have ever said, it was not a personal dis. It was starships is shit. WHICH WE ALL KNOW IS TRUE”
Alexandra Cameron, the general manager of Hot 97 commented that the station would not be providing refunds “It’s about more than one act,” she wrote. “It always has been and always will be.”