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For Nicki Minaj, the hip-hop show does not have to go on

Nicki Minaj pulls out of Hot 97's Summer Jam festival after critical comments by station personality Peter Rosenberg about her single, 'Starships.'

June 05, 2012|By Gerrick D. Kennedy, Los Angeles Times

Ebro Darden, Hot 97's vice president of programming, wouldn't comment on the controversy but did said "as always Hot 97's Summer Jam was legendary and historic."

Wayne's decision also kept DJ Khaled and Busta Rhymes, who recently inked a deal with Wayne, from the stage. Veteran rapper Nas filled in for Minaj and surprised the crowd with one of hip-hop's most revered femcees, Lauryn Hill. Both were supposed to appear during Minaj's set alongside Foxy Brown, Cam'ron, 2 Chainz, Beenie Man and more, according to a pre-show tweet from Minaj.

"I do support artists standing by their beliefs, and walking with integrity," read a statement from the notoriously reclusive Hill on Monday. "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!!!"

Fans can still catch Minaj this summer as the rapper embarks on her first headlining tour, which stops in L.A. on Aug. 5.

gerrick.kennedy@latimes.com

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