After Peter Rosenberg called her single “Starships” “bullshit,” Nicki Minaj abruptly cancelled her performance at Hot 97’s Summer Jam 2012. The Young Money rapstress explained that she wanted to make a point that you cannot disrespect her by slamming her music after asking her to perform, and has only spoken on it briefly before.
During an interview with Tim Westwood, the Harajuku Barbie said that she has no ill will towards Hot 97 and that “it’s all love.” “That’s the only people I felt bad for, my Barbz, my babies. And even if they don’t consider themselves Barbz, but they paid for tickets to come and see. But I feel like it happened and there’s no animosity,” she said. “I still love them over there at the station. They’ve helped me a lot as well, so it’s not like we’re walking around being angry. We just wanted to prove that one point and that was that. It’s all love.”
She also pointed out that Lil Wayne previously performed “How to Love” at Summer Jam, but he wasn’t criticized for delivering a pop hit at the event. She chalked it up to men treating women differently, and how even if there are different expectations, she should be respected.
“I think the guys do treat the guys different and maybe they feel Nicki Minaj is something to be played with, but when an artist is coming there to perform, you should keep it to yourself, just for one day. I want to let people know that I’m not even getting on your stage if you don’t have your mind right. That’s the point. See, if you get on the stage, you’re saying, next time you can do it again and we’ll have this exchange. No.”
Watch the full interviews below.