Hot 97 Program Director Addresses Nicki Minaj Summer Jam Controversy

Program Director Ebro Darden responds to Nicki Minaj's last minute cancelation, stating, "So what?"

After Nicki Minaj pulled out of Hot 97's Summer Jam 2012 at the last minute over Peter Rosenberg's comments against "Starships," Program Director Ebro Darden hopped on the mic to share his opinion on the matter. He revealed that the problems between the Young Money camp and Hot 97 date back years, and that he couldn't care less that the rapstress decided not to perform.

"She could be that mad, but I think it's deeper than that. And it's not with her. Many years ago, me and Wayne had our differences here at Hot 97. We got our look in Tha Carter I," he said. "Look, was Nicki happy about what happened? No. But when I heard the threat that she may have an issue coming that night, you know, look. Summer Jam doesn't ever have a headliner. Summer Jam is the headliner."

Asked to share his feelings on her pulling out of the show, he responded, "So what? Because I love Nicki, I've been riding with her since she put out the wrong singles like 'Massive Attack.' ... We support the records people don't like, but we support them sometimes because she's from Queens. Our job at Hot 97 is to support New York Hip Hop and help these artists create careers for themselves."

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45 Comments

  • Anonymous

    wow I cant believe he just said there job is to support new york rappers. 95% of the hot rappers today is not from New York. Young Money, Maybach Music and Good music along with Jet Life. As of now New York only have the older rappers like Jay Z and Nas and there on their way to retirement or should be retiring

  • 98supra

    Wow, they just openly admitted they are bias towards Rappers from NYC, smdh. I hate radio stations like that.

  • amirhossssein

    even though reading all these hateful comments against YMCM is one of the most entertaining things about this site but we all should stop commenting on YMCM's shitful articles ! lets all of us ban everything about YMCM ! its ridicules how every YM article gets 5 or 6 comment pages even though 95% of these comments are hatered against YM (and that 5% being yessir)but it gives Yessir (and every other YM dickrider) the right to say that YMCM is hot because they are getting all the attention but we should stop it ! let us all ban YMCM and by ban i mean not a single comment or even click on their articles ! if you want to hear their songs and be disgusted its your choice and after you heard that shitty song and gave it a 1 rating do not comment on that song! maybe just one comment saying "true hiphop fans have banned this crap music label" look, your hate comments on this site can not change anyones mind cause 99% of HHDX's users already hate ymcm and by sending hate comments you are just encouraging DX's writers to write more about this whorehouse because they know it "will" get lots of comments and it will keep commenting section hot! lets jus stoooooop it! for the love of god ! for your own sake!

    • nickrazor2000

      My Freind, I couldnt agree more. I have figured out that the dickriders are not the YESSIR's and the so icy boi's but it is the hip hop DX staff themselves. without them posting every time weezy or nikki takes a shit the trolls would have no reason to comment. So with that said, I will comment no more about the horrible young money. TRUE HIP HOP FANS HAVE BANNED THIS CRAP MUSIC LABEL

  • That's all it took

    HA HA support new york hip hop, I never thought I'd miss the days when puffy and bad boy ran the air waves on hot 97 .... this is sad and one of the many reason why I dont listen to the radio. now anytime you get on a hip hop website it's over flooded with non stories like this. I wish a hiphopdx writer would diss nikki so ymcm would pull all their songs off the site and I wouldn't have to skip thur multiple page to hear the songs I wanna hear

  • bewitness

    Are there any adults that work at that fucking radio station? It doesn't matter if they personally liked her or not, she is your headliner treat her with some respect, If I was Lil Wayne I would have pulled her too.

    • michigan

      hahah nicki wasnt the headliner. you saw what he said summer jam was the headliner. Nicki's garbage now her 15 min of fame is up. get over it and move on.

  • YESSIR

    YOU KNOW WHAT? FUCK EBRO AND ALL THRE STATIONS HE RUNS

  • WTF

    HOT 97 is trash! They have some real cornballs working for them. All around...

  • Anonymous

    Natasha: Hot 97 was completely unprofessional. Their dj insulted someone that was performing at their event. That was ignorant & unprofessional and anyone who supports that decision has no business sense. Thinking that YMCMB should perform after that is obnoxious and rude. ^ No young lady, it's you who do not understand business. The BOSS in charge has said they have rode with Miss Minaj even when they were presented with weak songs to add to the playlist. End of the day, it's SUMMER JAM. Nicki can make HER OWN TOUR FOR HER FANS. Summer Jam has been around BEFORE her, and will be around AFTER her. Now if you want to take it there, she RENEGED on her signed agreement to PERFORM. Who was REALLY "unprofessional" here?

  • Yao

    Niccas got they ALL CAPS button in action tonight, I see.

  • -_-

    man Im so glad somebody with a voice in the industry said this shit! Rosenberg said what essentially every hip hop fans isnt even allowed to have anymore, and thats an opinion! which is insane! You young cats get to have an opinion about some of the stupidest shit alive and you either dickride with it or your a hater, no grey area! well ENOUGH! Rakim is my personal GOAT and he got songs & albums I dont like, dont mean I HATE him! its music! thats how it goes and its ok! I think this new generation is too hung up on cliques and feeling like if your not young and on this new idealism your somehow old broke or a hater or all three! which is complete bullshit! The way nikki started reaching for excuses to hide behind was cheap and shallow! word you sold out in london? word you sold more than anybody on that stage? word you buy $5000 plates of food? word you get money? word you doin this for the females yet yout got songs like stupid hoe and always talkin about bum rap bitches, word nikki? all of that and you couldnt take 1 mans opinion? all of that and people STILL dont got overwhelming respect for you? I wonder why. shorty was talkin like shes mona lisa or somebody smh you still a rap chick signed to another nigga thats signed to another nigga...now thats bad luck -_-

    • WTF

      Ok but say you paid to have Rakim come perform at a club for your b-day or something. You get on the mic to introduce him and say you dont like all his songs or feel all his albums but here he is in the flesh. What part of the game is that? Thats disrespectful bottom fucking line.I know he didn't say it directly before she got on but you catch my drift. You dont have to like Nicki to recognize that if the shit was done to you, then you wouldn't rock with it either. I'm tired of you FAKE ASS niggas and bitches takin up for Hot 97 like they didnt come at her. I want to see someone straight up come at one of you alls necks and see if you react as if they didn't.

  • IDAHO

    Who cares? People put Nicki on some sort of pedestal like she makes dope music. I would've cared less if I was there bc the other artists were worth it.

  • d-nucks

    And further more....she doesen't even make GOOD POP SONGS by pop standards....they sound very generic.......DON'T BECOME A JACK OF ALL TRADES AND MASTER OF NONE!!

  • d-nucks

    All this debacle is a result of what I said a long time ago...NICKI WENT POP TO EARLY IN HER CAREER. She has not solidified her spot in HIP HOP YET...You do not crossover that hard on your sophmore album. That was a mistake...and now she is getting back lash for it rather right or wrong. Maybe her 3rd album...she could have went left field..but it is just too early for that shit. All of those mixtapes and rap shit ..she did to garnish buzz....HIP HOP GOT HER ON...and as soon as she gets big SHE GOES AS POP AS THAT STARSHIP SONG? This is the result....rather she wants to admit it or not...her second album is a dissapointment sales wise.... She needs to drop a DAMN NEAR CLASSIC HIP HOP ALBUM FIRST.....then fuck around with that pop techno BULL SHIT. lmao!!!!!!!!!

    • ashdsajk

      oh oh oh drake said that too oh nvm

    • michigan

      i agree with you 100% Lil Wayne did the same thing but hes already established in the rap game. Nicki fucked up. I remember when she said her 2nd album wasn't gonna have any features and she had a feature on damn near every song. hahahah

  • hassa

    PEOPLE ARE GOING TO ALWAYS TALK. WHO CARES WHAT PEOPLE SAY ABOUT NIKKI IF ITS THE TRUTH!!. THE TRUTH SOMETIMES HURTS O WELL LIFE GOES ON. STOP BEING SO SENSITIVE MEDIA IS MEDIA. NIKKI CROSSED OVER AND THATS THE PRICE SHE WILL HAVE TO PAY SHES NOT A LAUREN HILL.

    • bkstylz

      @yessir - nigga are you serious? an album with no beats? not that you had any credibility with all the YM nut hugging you do, but now I am absolutely positive you don't know shit about good music.

    • YESSIR

      YOU RIGHT NICKI WILL NEVER MAKE A ALBUM WITH NO BEATS LIKE MISS HILL DID. YOU ASK SOMEBODY TO YOUR EVENT AS THE HEADLINER YOU SHOULD TREAT THEM WITH RESPECT

  • YESSIR

    I LIKE TO PRETEND I WORK FOR CA$H MONEY

  • YESSIR

    I'M OVA HERE IN MY MOMMA'S BASEMENT PRETENDING WORK IN THE ENTERTAINMENT BUSINESS YMCMB OVO HOMO MMG

  • Anonymous

    still going on about starships omg, that shit is poo! just stfu and get over it maan you nigers r crazy

  • Anonymous

    lol! Man, wayne must be feeling like the kid picked on at the playground. dissed at basketball games, overrated, people pulling out his card.

  • jc

    Random memory: I remember listening to HOT 97 back in the days and Gangstarr's "MASS APEAL" was the number one song on thier play list.. Followed by Jeru the damja "come clean" .. and Snoop's "Doggy dog world"... wow how things have changed..

  • Natasha

    Hot 97 was completely unprofessional. Their dj insulted someone that was performing at their event. That was ignorant & unprofessional and anyone who supports that decision has no business sense. Thinking that YMCMB should perform after that is obnoxious and rude.

  • Anonymous

    Hot 97 clearly doesnt care if Nick and YM are mad. The lineup for Summer Jam was superb and the show went on without a hitch. End of the day, YM will still get played on the radio because other stations need the ratings, no matter Jo wack the music is and artist will still rely on Hot 97 to break their records for the public to hear. Like em or not, Hot 97 been around many many years before YMCMB was even a thought, when Cash Money was only local in New Orleans

  • playboy model lexxie ryan

    Hot 97 fucked up for shitting on an artist they are trying to make money off of. im against minaj and ym in general, but i know hundreds of tickets were bought just to see her. im sitting overhere waiting on oaklands summerjam, and even with the weaker lineup (trey songs, nikki and jeezy>tyga clyde carson and some new rnbchick) 106 never says a fucking negative thing about any of them and wont stop blasting their singles. Get ur head out of ur ass with that ego shit. first flex now this?? Follow a playboy model @lexxieryanpbliv yessir..... whats ur purpose for posting every few hours? what does this do to your social life??? Get some help buddy

    • Anonymous

      106 is for younger generations and need ratings. Flex and Peter Rosenberg been around for a long time so their not worried about those things. They come from a different era of music. I don't agree with the timing of the comments but what was said was the truth

  • Anonymous

    Wow, please sit down Hot 97. YOU ARE NOT the artist. Fade to back where you belong PD.

  • danny

    "continue to play records people don't like" He said it not me

  • YESSIR

    BABY JUST BLEW A GALLON IN MY ASSHOLE BECAUSE HE IS SO ANGRY ABOUT THIS BULLSHIT!! STINGS A LITTLE BUT IT SMELLS LIKE MARSHMALLOW SO I'M GOOD.

  • YESSIR

    THESE LAMES AT HOT 97 CONTINUE WITH THE DISRESPECT AND THEY WONDER WHY POWER 105 KILLS THEM IN THE RATINGS. NOBODY TRYING TO HEAR YOUR JOCKEYS TALK SHIT ALL DAY ON THE PEOPLES MUSIC YOU ARE PLAYING 97. ONKY PERSON PEOPLE MESS WITH AT 97 NOW IS ANGIE

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