(Nicki Minaj’s Summer Jam set)
Nas and Cam’ron onstage sharing the same set. The return of Lauryn Hill. Fox boogie and Minaj together? Lil Tunechi touches down in the tri-state area. This was the night New York City hip-hop queen Nicki Minaj had in store for her hometown. But one word from Young Money boss Lil Wayne and the plug was pulled on one of the greatest shows that never happened. Could it all be so simple?
Earlier in the day during the Hot 97 festival that attracted more underground hip-hop acts such as Kendrick Lamar and Schoolboy Q, radio personality Peter Rosenberg angered Wayne after he referred to Nicki’s “Starships” track as “bulls–t.” Shortly after, word got back to Weezy who made it clear that “Young Money ain’t doing Summer Jam.” But that was just the beginning of the drama that would unfold for the remainder of the evening.
“Now before I get to the real hip-hop s–t of the day, ’cause I see the real hip-hop heads sprinkled in here, I see ‘em” said Rosenberg. “I know theres some chicks here waiting to see the “Starships” later but I’m not talking to them right now. F–k that bulls–t. I’m here to talk about real hip-hop s–t.”
Once word was sent that Nicki and the entire YMCMB camp would not be performing at Summer Jam 2012 Funkmaster Flex put Hot 97′s position against the Nickster on full blast declaring war on the Queens native.
“We ain’t fu–in with commercial rappers no more” Flex declared during intermission. “If you lost the fu–in streets, its your fault! If you don’t go gold, its your fault! I’m dedicated to tearing you down! F–k with me! We gon show you mama, you think you didn’t sell any records this time?”
For the most part of the night Rosenberg remained silent as his Twitter timeline took off like the second installment of “The Avengers” at the box office with users split down the middle, some chastising the radio jock for his “unprofessionalism” and others agreeing with him.
Not far from the vicinity of the Met Life stadium Nicki took her show on the road partying at a disclosed location joined by some of her guest appearances including Foxy Brown, Cam’ron, Beenie Man and more.
Back at MetLife as thousands of fans exited the stadium walking by a pink makeshift stage that got its moment, the house lights went on inside following Rick Ross and his Maybach Music Group’s dominating set. DJ Khaled was slated next to follow Ross after his set but Lil Wayne’s “no performance” directive stretched across the entire YMCMB roster. Cash Money artist Busta Rhymes was also present at the show but never hit the stage showing allegiance to his new family.