Hot 97 Summer Jam, the annual 10-hour-plus East Coast hip hop extravaganza was not only deprived of one of its most popular headliners, but of the superstar studded collaborative performance Nicki Minaj had planned for the crowd of over 50,000.
Lil Wayne pulled his YMCMB peeps out of the show after an on-air comment earlier in day from Hot 97 on-air personality Peter Rosenberg.
Rosenberg criticized Minaj’s authenticity and recent lunges towards pop, "I know there's some chicks here waiting to sing 'Starships' later, I'm not talking to y'all right now. F--- that bullsh--. I'm here to talk about real hip-hop…"
Lil’ Wayne took offense to the diss to his lil’ boo and tweeted the short and sweet proclamation:
@LilTunechi: Young Money ain't doing summer jam.
Minaj, not willing to bite the hand that feeds dutifully obeyed, social media style:
@NICKIMINAJ: I go above and beyond for my fans. But won't ever go against wayne's word. What he says, goes.
Along with Nicki’s colorful absence, fans were also denied watching her share the stage with the stylings of Drake, Tyga, Beenie Man, 2 Chainz, and Foxy Brown who were scheduled to perform with her.
Though surely a crowd downer, there were plenty of others on hand to take the mic. Young Jeezy, Mase, French Montana, 2 Chainz, Pusha T were all scheduled guests, while Nas, Lauryn Hill, Mase and T. I. were some surprise additions.
Other Cash Money affliates were backstage at the show -- DJ Khaled and Busta Rhymes -- but refused to take the stage what MTV called “a show of solidarity.”
The hip-hop might have been “more real” sans Nick, but it was probably a lot less fun. Let’s hope Rosenberg got the message, what Wayne mumbles through his busted grill, goes.