If you haven’t heard by now, New York radio station Hot 97′s annual Summer Jam concert was marred with controversy last night when headliner Nicki Minaj pulled out at the last minute at Lil’ Wayne‘s command. Supposedly, Lauryn Hill, Nas, Foxy Brown, Beenie Man, Cam’ron, and many more were set to appear on stage with Nicki. But there’s one objection.
Lauryn Hill, who did end up performing “If I Ruled the World” with Nas, took to her Twitter earlier today to clarify that she wasn’t directly invited by Nicki as a guest. Ms. Hill also stood by Nicki’s decision to drop out of the show due to alleged disrespect by the station and one of its on-air personalities. Read what she had to say below.
No disrespect to Nicki, but I need to clear up an inaccuracy. I was not scheduled to be a special guest on her set at Summer Jam, I was invited by Nas to perform with him. I don’t have details on exactly what transpired between the station and the artists, but I do support artists standing by their beliefs, and walking with integrity.
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!!!
Ms. Lauryn Hill
Nicki didn’t seem too down about having to cancel because she spent the rest of the night at New York City’s Negril restaurant with Foxy Brown, Cam’ron, Beenie Man, and other friends.