When I first heard Nicki Minaj’s hit single “Stupid Hoe” I knew it was the beginning of the end. Although I was never really a fan, I respected the Queens emcee’s hustle and even enjoyed her appearance on a few tracks (Kanye’s ‘Monster’ comes to mind). But hearing her uncomplicated rhymes calling her competitors “stupid hoes” more times than I can count in a span of three minutes and I knew her reign was on it’s way to an end.
While Minaj’s album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded debuted at number on of the charts and will surely garner the Trini beauty another platinum plaque (if it hasn’t already), her subsequent Twitter battles with her fans, beefs with YouTube when her video wasn’t uploaded on time, and now her very public departure from this past weekend’s Hot 97 Summer Jam have many wondering if Nicki’s charms are finally wearing off.
After Hot 97 on-air personality Peter Rosenberg basically called Minaj’s song ‘Starship’ wack (umm…was he lying?), the Young Money rapper got offended and her boss, Lil Wayne, pulled her from the storied show. Despite criticism from many of her fans, Minaj says she wasn’t going to let anyone diss her.
Minaj took to the airwaves this morning to explain:
“I’m going to show you by what I don’t do, and what I don’t do is perform in a place that people don’t respect me. If the fans say one thing, let the fans say it, but you don’t interject that thought into people’s minds before I come on stage,” she told Power 105.1’s the Breakfast Club.
Although artists have every right to stick up for themselves, Nicki’s refusal to perform for her fans because of a questionable comment from a DJ seems quite childish. As any emcee knows, everyone won’t love your work, but what’s better than taking the stage anyway and making the offending critic eat his words? Instead of showing Rosenberg and her critics that she could rock her hometown crowd, she came off looking spoiled and overly sensitive.
Perhaps sensing that she’d made a big mistake, Minaj will reportedly give a free concert in New York City to make up for not performing at Summer Jam. But is it too late to fix her rep?
What do you think? Will Nicki’s antics hurt her career or are we in for many more Pink Fridays?