They say that time heals all wounds, and in the case of Nicki Minaj versus Hot 97, it took exactly 359 days. On Monday, the New York hip-hop station aired an interview with Ms. Minaj, almost a full year after Nicki pulled out of Hot 97’s annual Summer Jam concert.
“In hindsight… I should’ve just did the show,” Nicki told listeners of the all-star June 3, 2012 concert she pulled out of.
It all started after Hot DJ and morning-show host Peter Rosenberg spoke ill of Nicki’s popular and pop-sounding “Starships” single while hosting the opening stage in the parking lot of MetLife Stadium where last year’s concert took place. The comment didn’t sit well with Young Money head Lil Wayne and he ordered all YMCMB artists not to take the stage. That included DJ Khaled, Busta Rhymes and Nicki Minaj, but not Tyga, who took the stage before Weezy sent the order out.
On Monday, Nicki sat face-to-face with Rosenberg for the first time and left the door open for a possible 2013 Summer Jam performance on Sunday. “I never found you funny. I never found you entertaining. I never found you smart. I just found you annoying,” Minaj told Rosenberg, noting that she is largely unaware with the disc jock’s resumé. “To me you don’t have enough of a resumé to make those comments.”
By the end of the 36-minute interview, peace was made and the conversation took a few turns with Nicki touching on “American Idol,” her new film with Cameron Diaz called “The Other Woman” and her forthcoming third LP. Minaj says her next album will focus more on rap and less on pop — a message she has communicated before in an April interview with MTV News .
“I’m choosing to get back to my essence and just feed the core hip-hop fans,” she said, noting that she plans to take her lyricism a notch higher. “I’ve just been getting back to that place to where I was right before my first album, which is kill, kill kill, kill, kill, kill everything.”