By now you are aware that Nicki Minaj did not perform at Hot 97’s Summer Jam concert. She felt dissed by radio host Peter Rosenberg, who said her song, “Starships” is pure trash, a view that I happen to agree with. Those comments were relayed to Lil Wayne, YMCMB head honcho, who then decided that YMCMB would no longer bless the Summer Jam stage (even though Tyga did perform,but it’s Tyga, so who really cares?).This was some total bullshit on the part of Wayne and YMCMB and it’s a part of a larger scale problem with the 21st century rapper. They don’t know what to do when their asses ain’t being kissed; they can’t handle criticism and that’s killing the music.
Someone who wasn’t even on the main stage at the time disses your song and you decide that it’s not worth it to perform in front of your fans, who paid good money to see you, in these trying economic times. And you want us to feel bad for you? Get all the way the fuck outta here!! In what reality is it acceptable to walk out on a crowd of thousands, because you feel disrespected by the host? Who the hell does that? I’ll tell you who, insecure, bitchy, whiny, little children, posing as adults, that’s who.
So what Rosenberg has been dissing your music, so what he said your shit is wack, you were to headline the fucking show!!! Instead of saying,”I’ll show him,” and trying to put on the greatest performance ever, you get your shit and leave. Then she hides behind the “president.” Yeah, that’s Hip-Hop all right.
Minaj and YMCBM took the ball and went home; it was a big FUCK YOU to her fans and now they want to blame Rosenberg because he had the temerity to PUBLICLY diss her song. But I put the blame squarely on Minaj and YMCMB; I blame their petty egos and sense of entitlement; their belief that they are above any criticism because of the level of success they’ve attained. You can’t tell them anything about their art unless it’s to say that it’s the best thing ever! This is a warning to all you media folks out there, if you don’t say great things about YMCMB artist then they might not perform at your shows or grant you interviews. You have been warned that anything other than hard core dick-riding will not be tolerated. Well I hope that’s true because now maybe we can stop pretending that this shit is objective.
Rappers and the hip-hop media have been way too fucking cozy for the last decade and in my opinion that’s led to rap music becoming stale and in many cases, WACK. Let’s just drop the pretenses and leave the cheerleading to the rapper fanatics, instead of the magazines, radio stations and blogs. Rappers expect adulation, so let their fans give it to them, not the media. It’s easy to call Riff Raff fucking trash b but sometimes you have to say that the biggest “stars” are putting out trash, not when their popularity has waned but WHENEVER they put out garbage music. We need in this rap game, an unbiased and fearless hip-hop press. People who aren’t afraid to get called out by the artist because “they do it for the culture” not for the back stage passes or the VIP access or the latest exclusive. I clap for the honesty displayed by YMCMB, the honesty of their smallness.
The era of the embedded rap journalist has got to end and maybe this Summer Jam YMCBM FUCK YOU moment is the time. But this is my heart talking; it’s my soul wishing that things can change. My brain tho’, the part of me that deals with reason not emotion, knows that this won’t be the case. I know that the press is too close to the flame to avoid getting burned. I know that the fanatics see the world just like YMCMB does: nothing they do or say can ever be looked at unfavorably. But we can’t let the inmates run the asylum; we all can’t be complicit in the dumbing down of the culture. Speak your mind, write the truth and maybe one day you can say with pride, that you rosenberged a rapper. And that would be a good thing.
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