By Carter Maness
The biggest running story in hip-hop remains Nicki Minaj and Young Money’s last-minute cancellation at Summer Jam last weekend. After Hot 97 DJ Peter Rosenberg criticized her single “Starships,” YMCMB boss Lil Wayne pulled his crew out of the event, setting off a war of words that has pulled in everyone from Nas and Lauryn Hill to station mainstay Funkmaster Flex.
Yesterday, on an episode of “RapFix Live,” storied DJ and former host of Yo! MTV Raps Ed Lover weighed in on the beef. Pointing out that a big part of rap music is connecting with fans and making songs that can be embraced, Lover went against people like Rosenberg trying to define hip-hop by what they consider “real.”
“If Nicki Minaj ain’t real hip-hop, then Public Enemy wasn’t real hip-hop, then Run-DMC wasn’t real hip-hop, then Eminem ain’t real hip-hop,” he said to host Sway Calloway.
For Lover, getting a pop audience to embrace your work is a blessing, and that success shouldn’t be criticized. “The point is to sell records,” he said. “Once a pop audience starts to buy, God bless you.”
Rosenberg, for his part, has stood by his comments about Minaj’s song but clarified that she is also hip-hop. “Nicki Minaj is ABSOLUTELY hip hop,” he tweeted as the interview with Lover aired. “She is inherently hip hop… just dissed a pop song… Nicki is pretty fffing dope as an MC.”