Hot 97's Angie Martinez Address Nicki Minaj Summer Jam Scandal

Angie Martinez weighs in on situation surrounding Nicki Minaj's cancelled set at Summer Jam.

It's been two days since Hot 97 hosted its annual Summer Jam concert, and the Hip Hop world is still reacting to controversy surrounding Nicki Minaj cancelling her headlining performance after on-air personality Peter Rosenberg trashed her single "Starships." Now, amidst the turmoil, one of Hot 97's senior DJs Angie Martinez weighs in on the situation.

Angie explained that her fellow Hot 97 DJ Funkmaster Flex perfectly summed up the scenario when he said that, "We are at fault too and you guys are at fault too...egos were involved. Not just my ego. Your ego, [Lil] Wayne’s ego, Ebro [Darden, program director]’s ego...everybody’s wrong here." She even added that while she felt Rosenberg's comment wasn't appropriate given the circumstance, Nicki and the whole YMCMB's response was blown out of proportion.

"When [Flex] said that last night, I was like, 'And good night!' Grand opening, grand closing," she joked. "At some point, somebody could've stopped this. Behind the scenes, things happen all the time - it's the truth. Labels argue with the station, we argue with the artists, we kiss, we make up. We all are just trying to do our jobs…and provide for the listeners, the artists are trying to make music - we're trying to work together. Sometimes, we have disagreements. Most of the time, they get resolved; this did not get resolved. It happened in the middle of Summer Jam when Ebro is dealing with a hundred artists [and] a million backstage passes."

She continued, "I'm sure Nicki felt [disrespected] about [what Rosenberg said]…[Rosenberg] probably didn't realize it was going to be such a big deal, I think he was just in the zone. In my personal opinion, maybe not the best time to have said that when she's coming to the building…but I still think they should have performed. It wasn't that serious, and honestly, they probably would've resolved it if everybody had just calmed down."

Check out the full commentary over at Angie's website.

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43 Comments

  • killah_casp

    well it had to be said i seem to recall there being a time when people in the hip hop industry were respected for "being real" so whats up with people trashing rosenburg for doing so this is further proof that the hip hop industry is become soft and too many casual fans are listening to are music spaceships IS garbage lyrics make no sense and the beat is gay sounding this is not hip hop music so why do people defend nikki minaj if you use hip hop as a gateway to pull some bitch shit the hip hop community IS gunna bite so the best option is to stick where your sad pop fans go and keep away from actually fans of hip hop because if that upset you there your get a lot worse from the dudes on the street like myself further i would like to add you aint about make music that you care for your about making music that makes money so like every other thing minaj does this was a huge publicity stunt and minaj is hoping people who know her life is as real as her ass would think her some sort artist with soul

  • nb

    First of all, Nicki Minaj is NOT a rapper. She USED to be. She's a pop artist, and obviously a diva. People get dissed as Summer Jam all the time. You can't sit here and be mad at Hot 97, when they book artists that beef, all the time. YM got butthurt, and sensitive...and that's a shock to all of you? Please.

  • Sensaye252

    These fuckin' rappers these days got so many yes-men and co-signers around them that if anyone expresses an opinion that is not of their liking, they throw a tantrum and pull out of the concert. You're only hurting yourself by not doing the concert. If someone tells you you didn't do a good job today at work, are you gonna not go to work the next day? Sensitive ass rappers. Fuck 'em.

  • Anonymous

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  • c.o.Jones

    at the end of the day the fans lost out.

  • Anonymous

    Wayne got butt hurt haha.. that's really what happened here

  • papitoRAIN

    YA PEPS THAT SAY SHE SHOULD HAVE CONFRONTED ROSEN BUGER ON STAG DONT REMEMBER WHAT HAPPEND TO 2 PAC & BIGGIE SMALLS WHEN THE MEDIA BLOW UP THEY SHIT , THERS PEPS OUT THERE TRYIN 2 DESTROY US SHE & HER FAM CAME CORRECT LEARN FROM HISTORY YA IGNAT SONS . PEACE.

  • BLACK

    CORRECTION, ANG --- ARTISTS ARE JUST TRYING TO MAKE MONEY, NOT MUSIC...

  • papitoRAIN

    YA PEPS THAT SAY SHE SHOULD HAVE CONFRONTED ROSEN BUGER ON STAG DONT REMEMBER WHAT HAPPEND TO 2 PAC & BIGGIE SMALLS WHEN THE MEDIA BLOW UP THEY SHIT , THERS PEPS OUT THERE TRYIN 2 DESTROY US SHE & HER FAM CAME CORRECT LEARN FROM HISTORY YA IGNAT SONS . PEACE

  • Anonymous

    Wayne just show show much of a clown he is when it comes to being general, and how foolish his squad is. The fans come first ,first and foremost. Wayne as a man and adult, should have allowed his squad to perform, as he is committed for his fans there waiting for his squad. then after the show is done may be say fuck so and so we did this for yall and not them. if his squad had any balls they would have done the same thing too. their fans are bigger than their squad, and they pay their bills. they're all foolish gimmicks never the less.

    • papitoRAIN

      YA DONT REMMEBER WHAT HAPPEN TO 2 PAC & BIGIE SMALLS WHEN THE MEDIA BLOW UP THEY SHIT NICKI AN HER FAM CAME CORRECT . REMMEBER HISTORY THEYS PEPS OUT THERE TRYIN TO DESTROY OUR HOOD A QWEEN IS ALWAYS TO POSE TO BE TRATED LIKE A LADY SONS. PEACE.

  • Fuck 97

    All of these radio dj's are not stars....The hiphop community shouldn't even know their names. Hot 97 has been killing hiphop for years now...This goes way beyond the Nicki thing. They think they play a bigger role then they actually do and some dj's over there, (i.e Angie, Rosenberg) actually want to be artists themselves. I think all hiphop fans should boycott that station...Not because of one artist, but because of all of the BS this station has done over the years.

  • Jazzlen Breeze

    Nicki Minaj did the right thing by not performingYou gonna Dis a person in front of the audience and then expect them to perform..Get tha fuck outta hereThats part of whats wrong with radio today, DJs thinking they are more important than the music and saying reckless shitShe said shes gonna make it up to he NY fans with a free concert thats good enough for meNicki you did the right thing by rolling with Lil Waynes decision.Like Michael told Fredo, Never Take Sides Against The Family!!!!! and Who tha' fuck is Rosenberg to judge somebody's talent's,what is his talent's...? playing records..?(not to mention the fact that they are records someone tells him to play) like that takes any talent...cmon son, any idiot can do that. and he has enough idiodicy in hem to qualify for the job...like he know's what real Hip Hop is...knock it of will ya"....

    • RIP7

      First of let's be clear. DJ's are the music. If it was'nt for the DJ the rapper would not be here. This is why Hip Hop is so fuck up now ppl have it backward's. I agree has far as Peter should not have gone that route. But still the DJ is the most important aspect in Hip Hop.

  • amirhossein

    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! let their dickriders say what ever they want

  • michigan

    Nicki should have came out and dissed peter rosenberg then she should have cut into one of her rap songs. To me young money bitched up! If you can't take a opinion then get your soft asses out of the rap game. fucking cry babies! lmao

  • Anonymous

    Weak. Hot 97 was WAY out of line.

  • 4 real

    that guy "YESSIR" needs to hang himself ASAP! You sound just as pathetic as these guys if not more!! no matter whats said you got a retort defending them YM niggas!! like you on the payroll or somethin!! Dont try and talk that get alife or get money shit either cause you been responding to niggas comments all night it looks like...poser...talkin bout some shout to big sean lol like he readin this nigga get out mommas basement your waaay to into this defending fuck shit and bitch ass funny style niggas

  • SCHWARZ

    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 ++++++++++++++++++ AND SHE SAID ALL, ALL WERE OUT THERE WIT THERE CHESTS PUFFED OUT AND WRONG SOMEONE ON HERE SAID THE OTHER DAY NICKI SHOULDA HIT DA STAGE & SAID "FCUK PETE ROSENBERG" BUT THESE N!GGAS TOOK THEY BALL AND WENT HOME KEEP IT 100 WAYNE PUT OUT A WACK DISS SONG, CRYING ABOUT BBALL TICKETS, PULLIN ARTISTS OFF MAJOR PROMO SHOWS WHAT HE ON? REAL RECOGNIZE REAL INFORM US YMCMB FLAGWAVER 'CAUSE WAYNE IS MELTING

    • Burmy

      All these YMCMB folk need to wise up like Juvenile & BG did ten years ago (and Fresh did seven years ago) FREE BG FREE TURK REJUVENATION COMING JUNE 19!

    • HUH

      SHUT THE FUCK UP YOUNG MONEY EMPLOYEE!

    • YESSIR

      NOPE NICKI LISTEN TO HER BOSS THATS WHAT SHE IS SUPPOSE TO DO. WAYNE SAID YMCMB IS NOT TOUCHING THE STAGE SO WAYNE NICKI DJ KHALED BUST MOVADO ACE HOOD ALL DID NOT PERFORM YMCMB IS A MOVEMENT THAT MAKE BOSS MOVES. YOU SEE HOT 97 IS STILL PLAYING YMCMB TOO. THEY CANT BAN YMCMB FROM THER STATION CUS THEM NIGGAS RATING ARE ALREADY LOW. WAYNE IS MAKING MORE MONEY THAN EVER NOBODY IS CHECKING FOR MALICE LITTLE BROTHER. SHOUT OUT TO BIG SEAN FOR BEING ON THE SINGLE. THEY SHOOTING THE VIDEO SOON

  • Acesun

    No matter what was said, those kids owe it to their teeny-boppers fans who buy their shit. Alot of those kids purchased tickets just to see the tight pants crew and then they Flake and don't show up over words?? Really?? maybe if every DJ personality stating the obvious would that make them put the MIC down?? They need to just be happy in the space that their in and just go hard on the POP scene and leave the Hip Hop scene since they don't like people expressing their opinions.

  • Anonymous

    "starships" is clearly marketed as a pop song to be played in clubs, why is everyone treating it like that's not what it is. It's the mainstream and that shit sells. You don't have to like it but the artists want money and they probably enjoy making songs like that, making music in general and doing what they want with the amount of creative control they have. Obviously the music has to be marketable for the label to drop it and push it onto us and get their money. It's business. You listeners seem to forget that though. If you want real music about a persons personal hardship, you have to go find it because it's not in the mainstream. Nowadays these so called "rappers" have to put trashy songs on their albums because people will buy that stuff, back in the days rappers didn't do that because people bought their albums for their lyrical content and illegal downloads weren't quite so popular so it was easier to sell music. Nowadays music is hard to sell so they try and target everybody's tastes so that everybody will buy their album, they're trying to appeal to wider audiences because so many people download their albums for free that they're not making as much money as they'd like out of it. Money is everyone's motive really and they're just trying to make money. I feel like i'm the only person to visit this website who can get this idea through their fucking head.

    • YoYup

      Acesum, how the fuck does that affect ur life? (That's if u have any btw). You niggaz need to get off YMCM's dick and start listening to what the fuck y'all like. Your lives must be so sad.

    • truthurts

      @Acesum Truth!

    • Acesun

      Yo anonymoous, No body is doubting their success with the POP music or is ignorant to the fact that, that's BS moves units. The problem we have is when, that GENRE of music gets labeled as Hip Hop or Rap, because if you remember that's what they started their Journey as, RAPPERS, not fukin POP stars, even though that lane has opened up for them. In the words of Ghostface, "If you going to play that role, then play it then." Don't expect respect from the Hip Hop community because you getting POP money..Go be POP, don't claim Hip Hop, and you've got to be an asshole not to see that the corporate HQ's is trying to merge the GENRE, this is something that we are ALL up in arms about, not the fact that Starships is BS, it's the fact that these kids get grouped as 'Rappers' even thoough they in the Rock Star, POP lane. GET IT?? Besides, like Pusha said, dem Niggaz aint dieing for you.

    • Burmy

      I thought you Democrats believed business was evil?

  • Acesun

    Problem with Young Money is that they have no identity, first they want to rap about hardcore streets topics that they obviously are not into then the next minute they want to be Rock Stars, you can't jump back and forth with your identity, if you going to Rap, Spit your Raps, but don't try to downplay the success they have on the POP scene and try to Rep both. Hip Hop is a culture, some rappers really live that life that they breath on the MIC and others are obviously fake, don't get mad when people state the obvious and get your feelings hurt, then you cut off your nose to spite your face. WHO did they hurt not showing up to summers jams? Their teeny-bopper crowd that listens to Starships BS. NObody in the metro area fuks with that BS and they would have gotten BOOED at Summer Jams anyways. Their 15 minutes is up.

    • anonymous

      I agree with Acesun and his agruement that young money has no identity. Lil Wayne is all over the place (one minute and rapper, the next a Rock star, however with his past work he might be able to pull it off. But, that Minaj chick, her music is pure garbage. The song "Starship" sounds more like a pop song than a rap. Her material is repetitive and weak. It's garbage if you ask me, so if she can't take people's criticism then, she might as well quit now because not everyone will like what you do and Hot 97-Rosenberg has a right to his opinion. Furthermore, the trouble with Nicky Minaj is that she is not a rapper, so unless someone with knowledge of the rap game puts the words in her mouth, her material will continue to sound like garbabe. Hint, Hint!

    • YESSIR

      MASNNY FRESH AINT MAKE SHIT THAT NIGGA IS A WORKER SLIM IS A BOSS. SLIM MADE CMB

    • Burmy

      ^GOOD Music showed up...the man who MADE Cash Money is down with GOOD Music now-YMCMB is dying. RIP YMCMB (2004-2012)...

    • YESSIR

      THEY WOULD HAVE GOT BOOED? WHY DIDNT THEY BOO WAYNE LAST YEAR WHEN HE WAS THE HEADLINE? IF THEY DONT LIKE NICKI THEN DONT BOOK HER PERIOD.

  • Burmy

    Angie Martinez should REALLY get back to rapping...her two albums were dope and the femcee game NEEDS her!

  • Anonymous

    peter rosenberg is my new hero for this shit, i just put 'starships' and you cant tell me this song isnt some kiddie bubble gum pop BULLSHIT for people with no taste

    • michigan

      yessir sounds lame as hell. you don't know hip hop stop acting like you do cuz your making yourself look stupid. lmao kids these days smh

    • Anonymous

      ^^^^ If Your hero is a 29 year old black guy who kisses his "Daddy" on the mouth and dresses like a 13 year old girl, you should consider suicide

    • YESSIR

      IF YOUR HERO IS A 5'5 JEW RADIO PERSONALITY YOU NEED TO THINK ABOUT YOUR LIFE AND THE CHANGES YOU NEED TO MAKE

  • Anonymous

    Thats the biggest point here, if Wayne hadnt thrown a temper tantrum nobody would have even reported about Rosenburgs comment, he made that statement to a small section of the crowd that probably already felt that way anyway. They turned a mole hill into a mountain because there sensitive lil girls with fragile ego's.

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