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Nicki Minaj plans free NYC concert
Nicki Minaj is planning a free concert in New York this summer to make up for withdrawing from Hot 97’s Summer Jam Sunday night after she was disrespected by one of the station’s personalities at the concert.
Minaj announced the show on her Twitter account and during a long, heated interview with Funkmaster Flex on Hot 97 late Monday night.
“There’s nothing worse than going home, and feeling like you’re not appreciated,” Minaj, who grew up in Queens, told Flex. “I’m gonna make this up to my fans. I felt hurt that I couldn’t be on that stage in my hometown.”
Minaj said she was considering taking the stage even after Hot 97 DJ Peter Rosenberg described her song “Starships” with a string of expletives and dismissing her fans as not fans of “real hip-hop.”
However, Lil Wayne, head of the Young Money Cash Money Billionaires label talked her out of it, ordering her and everyone else on the label, including Busta Rhymes and DJ Khaled, not to perform.
“He taught me something about myself, about my self-worth,” she said. “Enough is enough. When I’m coming to your home . . . respect me. It’s no longer comedy. It’s no longer a joke.”
Flex tried to make peace with Minaj, asking her if she would play Summer Jam next year. She declined to commit to work with the station until she could be sure that she would be treated with respect.
Today, Minaj went on Party 105’s morning show, which competes with the Hot 97 show that Rosenberg is on, to also discuss the planned free concert, adding that she would let her decisions speak for themselves.
“What I don’t do is perform in a place where people don’t respect me,” she said.