Hip-hop icon Lauryn Hill has jumped to the defense of Nicki Minaj in her controversy with Hot 97 Summer Jam concert.
On Sunday, Nicki Minaj pulled out of the concert she headlined following a diss from Hot 97 radio personality Peter Rosenberg.
“We’re all about that real hip-hop, not ‘Starships,’” Rosenberg said, referring to Minaj’s single.
The comment has since sparked a heated debate on what real hip-hop is and what’s not.
According to Lauryn Hill, we can’t take artists contribution for granted.
Read her full statement below.
No disrespect to Nicki, but I need to clear up an inaccuracy. I was not scheduled to be a special guest on her set at Summer Jam, I was invited by Nas to perform with him. I don’t have details on exactly what transpired between the station and the artists, but I do support artists standing by their beliefs, and walking with integrity. We have to find a better way to commercially exploit music, while giving artists their proper respect. This cannot be done while taking their contributions for granted, or trying to control the scope of their growth and power through threats and fear tactics. We can do better than this, there is a better way, or else ‘we’ (the proverbial we) find ourselves in danger of being hypocrites!!!
Ms. Lauryn Hill
Nicki Minaj showed her gratitude on Twitter after reading Hill’s comment.
“Thank u Lauryn. Nas was coming out on my set, u were coming out 2 perform w/him. That was within my set that was going 2 continue w/foxy,” Nicki tweeted.
“Coming from Lauryn it means the world. No one deserves this treatment. We’re all out here working. Have respect for your guests,” Nicki added.