Peter Rosenberg Reveals Nicki Minaj Feud Backstory

Peter Rosenberg recalls the 2012 beef he had with Nicki Minaj in a recent radio interview.

In 2012, Hot 97 radio host Peter Rosenberg called Nicki Minaj's chart-topping hit "Starships," "one of the most sellout songs in Hip Hop history." His 2012 Summer Jam rant, in which he referred to "Starships" as "bullshit," was followed by Nicki Minaj canceling her performance at the event.

Recently sitting down with Radiolab, Rosenberg relived the infamous beef with Nicki Minaj and said that he would always hold her to a high standard because of his fondness for her rapping talent.

“I thought she was really good, in fact I though she was the total package,” Rosenberg said when recalling the beef. “The year before it all happened, I pulled her aside at Summer Jam [2011] and I said, ’Hey, I think you could be the greatest female artist of all time, the greatest female rapper of all time. And I just want you to know in thinking that, I’m going hold you to a high standard so I probably will say things about you.’”

Rosenberg also spoke about "Starships" and why he disliked it, especially since Nicki made it.

"Starships is a blatant pop song so I didn't like the song," he said. "In the moment it felt like, you're a Hip Hop star, why would you do this? This is not for us. When core Hip Hop artists make pop songs it upsets me because it can be a moment that blurs and messes up Hip Hop."

Listen to the full interview below:

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37 Comments

  • Greg Valentine

    Nicki is Iggy Azelea adjace. Awful. Worst rapper of the centch, possibly millen? That is a disgusting act. Though the beef is fun. Would you guys describe this beef as majour, maj or maj-adjace-esque? Lots of cheap heat in this beef, I think Rosenberg is trying to turn baby face on us all. Nicki is for peckerheads and humanoids.

  • glospot.biz

    he could of expressed his opinion nicer he was right. Nicki is a lyricist and starships (even though i like it) is a watered down pop song. it doesn't show any of her ability as an mc... and Rosenberg is a radio personality... his job is to give his opinion.

  • Anonymous

    Rosenberg. Culture. Vulture.

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  • Jg

    Missy was just as talented as Nicki, if not more (since she produced a lot of great projects as well) the only thing she was missing is that she had no sex appeal. I'm not a Nick fan but I like watching her just cuz she flashes a lot of ass in her videos.

  • drake runs rap

    nicki is the greatest female rapper of all time its guarantied most sold and richest female rapper.

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  • Anonymous

    Fuck both Rodentberg and Nicki Menage

  • Streets iz mean

    It's gay as fuck to call this bullshit "beef" or a "feud". Niki is a bitch not some kinda tough guy who's gonna give Peter Rosenberg a beatdown,lol.

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  • Anonymous

    if nikki can be the greatest female hiphop artist then the rap game for females is weak as hell cause she is pop she do make some hits and when she do go hard its on somebody else track im not hating she doing her thing but come on she sings more than she raps lol

    • Anonymous

      @umm this is what i hate about rap fans. your opinion isnt facts. u said Eve one decent album and singles? singles? fuck that mean? and ur opinion isnt facts. if you wanna talk popularity and the whole nine nicki is up there, otherwise nope. cuz none of those claims are based on actual skills and catalouge, all its based on are criterias and popularity. hits? do u know what a hit truly is? a hit isnt good/wack song u do know that right? a hit depends on how popular YOUR BRAND is. Nicki could release air and it would be a "hit" a few years ago due to the popularity of her brand. Same with any artist. Cuz popularity helps TV & RADIO earn money from advertizers. So when u say hit what do u mean? Cuz no one is banging her "hits" now are they? Shows how illogcal ur point was. This is why i hate most fans. They swear theyre so knowledgable.

    • Anonymous

      yeah they saying her whipped boyfriend who has 3 tattoos of her on his body write for her

    • t

      If only that were true that were true that Nicki writes her own shit. She bad but let's not get it twisted.

    • umm

      Right, but that's a reflexive response cause we all hate on her. but in reality Lil Kim didn't write her own rhymes Foxy didn't write her own rhymes Missy was not the best lyricist, but wrote great songs Remy too street. Eve made one dent album with great singles and has since only put out out a handul of semi decent singles. Lauryn Hill never dropped a solo album that was even 50% rap, and has since gone crazy. Jean Grae too underground. And so Nikki. She writes her own shit, can actually rap, has a distinctive style, knows how to make hits, happens to be fly (hey, it helps) And still hasn't lived up to her potential. Rosenberg's right.

  • Anonymous

    Rosenturd is humag dogshit

  • Lord Jamar

    The irony of a white person calling something "not Hip-Hop".

    • Anonymous

      rugby-england england-white? lol...someone has some reading to do. Get a library card and actually go to a library. Don't just google your info.

    • Anonymous

      basketball invented in Canada by a Canadian lol...

    • Anonymous

      He gets paid to talk Hip Hop and has a following to do so.... and your on here making comments... lol..

    • FridgeTurner

      >basketball invented to condition football players in winter >football invented to be like rugby >rubgy=england >england=white you just went full retard

    • chris

      man u the new amanda bynes ... dying for some attention. hating on the side when u go home. u aint got no place in this shit cus when u die aint no 1 guna remember who the fuck lord jamar is. lmao come on now.

    • Lord Jamar

      And keep in mind basketball was based on some other shit non-white people created.

    • Lord Jamar

      Yeah I might as well tell 'em that since they all just a bunch of house negros begging the white men for some dollars

    • chris

      tell all the black ball players to stop trying to tell me how to play basketball then. we created it. See how dumb that mindset is? Fuck you lord jamar you racist piece of shit. You hold black people back.

    • Anonymous

      being born black doesnt make you a creator just because the creators happened to be black. nicki didn't create shit.

    • Lord Jamar

      Fuck outta here, culture vulture, let the creators speak.

    • Anonymous

      black skin doesn't make you more hip-hop than white skin. I would bet Rosenberg has more knowledge about the history and appreciates hip-hop more than the average black hip-hop listener.

  • Anonymous

    his mistake is that nicki minaj never has and never will be a "core hip-hop artist" lmao

    • Anonymous

      He's paid to do so, and has a following... who cares about skin color..

    • adda

      Its the same thing as white saying something is not soulful, hip hop originated from oppression. The same way negro spirituals originated from slavery, hip hop was birthed from jim crow and poverty, so yes its ironic a white man is speaking on core hip hop.

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