Live: Nicki Minaj Takes Off From Summer Jam, Nas And Lauryn Hill Climb Aboard

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Lauryn Hill.
Hot 97 Summer Jam: Nicki Minaj, Young Jeezy, Rick Ross, J. Cole, Wale, Meek Mill, DJ Khaled, Waka Flocka, Trey Songz, Maino, Big Sean, 2 Chainz, French Montana, Mavado, Tyga, Slaughterhouse (and Nas and Lauryn Hill)
MetLife Stadium
Sunday, June 3

Better than: Seeing a Nicki Minaj concert.

In an era of increasing separation and ever-tinier attention spans, it's almost quaint to celebrate a tradition like Hot 97's Summer Jam with 60,000 of your closest friends.

Each year, Summer Jam means a sunny early afternoon heading over to the Meadowlands, the constant threat of rain during the afternoon hours, a few rap songs here and there with rappers featuring other rappers, walking into a chilly night leaving the show, and general ratchetness in the parking lot before, during, and after the concert.

Oh, and drama! Plenty of drama—which, in the years since Jay-Z vs. Nas evaporated, has turned into yawn vs. shrug.

The 2012 version, held last night at MetLife Stadium, promised nothing but radio-ready anthems from the biggest rappers around, from French Montana to Waka Flocka, from J.Cole to Wale to the headliner, Nicki Minaj! As usual, the audience was alive with predictions of who would grace the stage as surprise guests. But frankly, if one was looking for a fight, the best hope would be for Rick Ross and Young Jeezy's extended families' families to run into each other in the parking lot.

And things started out according to plan! The last real New York rapper, Maino, ran around the stage like a fire was chasing him, performing "Hi Hater," "All the Above," and "A Million Bucks"; he brought out M.O.P. for their ode to robbery "Ante Up," as well as super-producer Swizz Beatz and the young people's champ, A$AP Rocky.

The powerhouse collective Slaughterhouse ran through both solo efforts (Joe Budden's "Pump It Up"; Joell Ortiz's "Nissan, Honda, Chevy") and songs off their upcoming full-length, Welcome to Our House, masterfully, and with many syllables, backing up a hoarse Budden's boasts of being "four of the best rappers in the universe."

In a totally different universe, yet on the same stage, Young Money team member Tyga was just beginning his set when word started to spread that dark clouds were in fact hovering the stadium, and it was about to rain drama: Nicki Minaj and the rest of her Young Money family had left the building for good. (Save Tyga, who stayed in the building for not-so-good.)

Nicki and her immediate boss, Lil Wayne, had apparently taken great offense to Peter Rosenberg, one-third of Hot 97's morning show, taking a dig at Nicki's most recent venture into pop music on the Summer Jam festival stage earlier in the afternoon. Word got back to Nicki, Wayne pulled the plug, and Rosenberg's name immediately became a worldwide trending topic on Twitter.

So while Waka Flocka joyfully jumped into general admission and J. Cole was polished and triumphant in his return to New York City, Minaj was on Twitter, leading a charge against Rosenberg for referring to her song "Spaceships" as not-quite-rap specifically, and speaking his mind generally. She said that she was following orders from Wayne, and that no one from their camp would support Summer Jam. Worse still, Young Money yes man Jae Millz chimed in on Twitter, chiding Rosenberg for not being black and hinting that the Summer Jam situation would cost Rosenberg his job.


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9 comments
Piffcity420
Piffcity420

Summer jam is the worst concert in the tri state area. Over priced and your so far away from the performance. I would rather see some of these artist in a small venue. So I boycott summer jam. And rosenberg should be allow to say whatever he wants. Fuck that fake hip hop

James Temple
James Temple

Nas and Lauryn Hill instead of that nasty Minaj? I believe that's called a major upgrade!

Sneezy908
Sneezy908

Fk peter rosenberg !!! He should get Bitched Slapped Again!!!!

Johnny Deep
Johnny Deep

So Summer Jam missed out on idiotic posturing via some wannabe weirdo and instead got 2 of New York's Legends taking the stage to kill it? Sounds like a win-win all around. How can you ever miss out when you get Nasty Nas as the stand-in for 'notes of the moment'?

KSViking
KSViking

"I'm a friend of Peter Rosenberg, his brother, his fiance, and his dog, and as a hip-hop sketch comedian myself"... Did the writer really say this? Village Voice please find rap journalists and not people gushing about their friends. FOH. Rosenberg loses.

Eeqlzmc2
Eeqlzmc2

Each year, Summer Jam means a sunny early afternoon heading over to the Meadowlands, the constant threat of rain during the afternoon hours, a few rap songs here and there with rappers featuring other rappers, walking into a chilly night leaving the show, and general ratchetness in the parking lot before, during, and after the concert.....Pretty much Summer Jam in  a Nutshell!!! esp the parking lot ratchetness!!! 

Droid4LifeDawg
Droid4LifeDawg

:-) poor Nicki, she's my homegirl and she was only following the childish boss' orders

jay salazar
jay salazar

this news letter on summer jam was written very well.. props 2 the writer ! 

Dylan
Dylan

Summerjam absolutely fukkin sucked this year, 30 minutes between acts, big sean bitching for people to clear the stage for him to go on.. oh and a 10 minute repetition of mayback drop over and fukkin over.. Hot 97 Can suck my balls they fukkin failed as a whole it wasnt peter rosenbergs fault hes a washed up dj...

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