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  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: