Nicki Minaj Addresses Hot 97 Summer Jam 2012 Controversy

The Young Money star defends her decision to pull out from the show during a heated interview with Funkmaster Flex.

Posted: 06/05/2012 05:08 AM EDT

After boycotting Hot 97’s Summer Jam 2012 concert on Sunday [June 3], Nicki Minaj called the New York radio station last night to discuss the controversy.


During a very intense interview with radio personality Funkmaster Flex, Minaj broke down the decision to forgo her performance following some rather disparaging comments Hot 97 employee Peter Rosenberg made about her music.


Asked by Flex why she went along with Lil Wayne’s executive decision to pull all Young Money artists from the show, the Queens MC said it was a matter of respect and loyalty.


“I just want to apologize to my fans for what happened last night, and like I said on Twitter, I’m going to make it up to them with a free concert,” Minaj said. “When you want our team to come to your show, treat us with respect. And that’s all we’re asking. We’re not asking for any special treatment. Just respect. And I’m very proud of my team, and the way they stood behind me — and I’m very happy to show my female fans in that audience, and even my gay fans in that audience, when I’m coming to your home, respect me. It’s no longer comedy. Wayne doesn’t take me as a joke.”


Minaj credited Weezy with teaching her an invaluable lesson in self worth by not attending the show. She also took Flex to task for his comments during the show where he suggested the internationl star was scared to perform in fear that her pop-infused hits would not connect with many in the audience.


“Do you see the kind of places I’ve gone to? Did you see how many people we were with yesterday? We were two-hundred deep. Let’s not go there,” Minaj warned. “There isn’t a b---- alive—and when I say b----, I include men, because you’re a b---- when you act like that — that could scare me from performing a show. I get money. I get money."


She also called out the overexcited DJ for his misleading comments about the low sales of her sophomore album, Pink Friday: Roman’s Revenge.


“My first album sold 375,000 copies in its first week. My first album has gone on to sell 3.5 million records. My second album is at 900,000 worldwide, plus a three million selling single. If you don’t know, call Matt Voss at Universal, Flex, do the math, m-a-t-h, that’s one-point-two-million on my second album. Even without the single, I’ve sold. Three. Point. Five. Million. Albums. In Two Years. I want you... before you ever open your mouth — it’s so misleading, when I saw Foxy Brown, she said, Nic, ‘why are they saying things about your sales when you’ve gone number one in four countries?’ You know who the last one to do that was, Flex? The person previous to me was Eminem in 2010.”


While both sides were expecting an apology from the other no one issued a mea culpa, instead they agreed that they will go forward from here and continue to work on mending the relationship between YMCMB and Hot 97. Minaj parted with a message to her fans.


“I want my fans to know, nothing, no radio station, no one can alter our relationship,” Minaj said. “I have a very personal relationship with my fans, and I’m truly sorry that people’s nights were ruined. You guys have no idea, I’ve gone through hell and back. I’m not a quitter. I show up and perform. I went with my team’s decision, and I made history, and the next time I come out, people won’t disrespect me. And for once, I feel like I’ve really shown the world, I love and respect myself, and people aren’t gonna go there any more.”


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