June 4, 2012


Nicki Minaj Tells DJ Funkmaster Flex Her Side of Summer Jam Story

Kevin Winter / Astrid Stawiarz
Kevin Winter / Astrid Stawiarz

On Sunday night (June 3) we brought you the story of Lil Wayne pulling Nicki Minaj and the rest of Young Money out of Hot 97's Summer Jam after one of the radio station's DJs called Nicki Minaj's single "Starships" "bulls**t," and tonight Nicki Minaj called into the station's marquee DJ to explain her side of the story.

The conversation went, in the words of Nicki, "in circles," and at one point it got so testy that Minaj threatened to get off the phone if Funkmaster Flex didn't stop talking over her. We've highlighted the important parts.

Funkmaster Flex, that DJ, introduced the interview by saying, "Me and this girl been on the phone, arguing, for an hour," before Minaj launched right into her side. According to Billboard, she said, "My fans did not appreciate [DJ Peter Rosenberg's] comment... When you disrespect Nicki Minaj, you're disrespecting my fans. I don't have a problem with anyone saying what they have to say to me. But don't make ['Starship' fans] feel inferior in any way for their personal taste in music."

We completely agree: Mocking someone else's taste in music is totally asinine.

Minaj went on, "You know what? I wouldn't come on your stage when it's about us uniting people to come and see a show, I wouldn't say something to my fans, negative, leading up to that concert. Everyone is grown enough to keep opinions to themselves."

We agree with that too. Nicki went on to say that Lil Wayne and their management made her pull out, and that basically, it wasn't her personal choice: "I am not a quitter. I don't back down from anything, including a show where someone's talking about me. Wayne gave me a valuable lesson last night on knowing my worth… He tweeted before he called me."

Minaj also called out Funkmaster Flex himself, who called her out on stage during the show, mentioning her supposedly lackluster sales figures. She said, "Yesterday, you made a lot of disrespectful comments about me. This is the real reason why I called you: You said something about my record sales. I want you to pull up your roster from yesterday and I want you to listen to these statistics," and then she talked about how many millions of albums she'd sold.

She also promised to do a free show over the summer to make this up to her fans.

So what do you think? Is Minaj right about walking off, or should she have just ignored what Rosenberg said? Let us know in the comments!