*No matter how cold, angry or weird they may seem, celebrities have feelings too. Really, they do. Well …. most of them.
Anyway, Nicki Minaj made that very apparent recently when she lashed out on critics via Twitter after getting the 5th degree from fans when she canceled two shows due to vocal trouble.
She was scheduled to perform at two shows in the U.K. and Ireland, but couldn’t make it happened because she was straining her vocal cords.
“Barbz, u know how much I hate disappointing u guys,” she tweeted. “All you do is rip people apart and when they’re dead & gone u won’t lose a wink of sleep. #goF*ckYourselves,” she shared in a separate tweet.
Then she took time to explain.
“I was in jeopardy of losing my voice entirely and needing surgery on my vocal cords. If u can’t understand that, your mother’s a WHORE! I will NOT let you people make me feel horrible for a f*cking HEALTH issue! That’s what got me in this mess! I shldve listened to the doctor!”
She couldn’t be lying, right?
No way. The rapper/singer sounded pretty strained during her performance on Aug. 14 at New York’s Roseland Ballroom.
While fans are disappointed, she was sure to hint that she’d be returning with a little surprise.
Well, daddy is sort of not in Violet’s life at the moment and is playing deadbeat.
“I’m not happy at the moment, but I have come to the realization that I have to be 200% mom for her and it’s not about finances, it’s about spending time,” she said. “We live in different cities, he’s in Atlanta and I’m in LA. There are planes and plenty of money for airplanes so… as far as Skyping: I’m just gonna leave it at that. My daughter is a great kid and someday their will be a healthy man in my life that will love her the way I do.”
Despite her playing both roles, Christina is doing her thing and is working on some new music after signing with Cash Money. She calls it her new family and says she’s happy where she’s at.
*Nicki Minaj called in to New York City’s Hot 97 on Monday night to address her beef with the station’s DJ that caused her to pull out of its annual Summer Jam concert in New Jersey.
According to MTV, she demanded that her phone conversation with DJ Funkmaster Flex be aired uncut and unedited. [Scroll down to listen.]
As previously reported, Lil Wayne sent out a brief tweet that read, “Young Money ain’t doing summer jam.” Word had gotten back to Weezy that Hot 97 personality Peter Rosenberg had disrespected Minaj, calling her single “Starships” “wack” and panning it for not being “real hip-hop.”
To fans who were not at the show or watching the Summer Jam live stream, the first indication that things had gone sour were a series of tweets from Minaj’s account such as, “Wow. U ni–az just f—ed up history. But the President has spoken. #YMCMB.”
During their heated discussion, which opened with Flex admitting that they’d already been arguing for an hour, Nicki Minaj was adamant in insisting that Rosenberg chose the wrong time and place to voice his negative opinions. “It’s not about his opinion, because I have opinions about DJs on Hot 97 and I have opinions on Hot 97,” she said. “But when it’s about us uniting people [for] your show, I wouldn’t dare come on your stage and say something negative about Hot 97, leading up to that concert.”
“My fans at Summer Jam didn’t appreciate his comments, nor did my fans who were watching the live stream appreciate his comments,” she added. “This is streaming to the world. Nicki Minaj opened up that stream to show to kids in London and Paris. It was hosted on my website and those requests came from your station. I posted the links.”
Flex countered that Nicki was overreacting when she listened to Lil Wayne and pulled out of the show, and he accused her of riling up fans on Twitter before dealing with the issue internally. But Minaj wasn’t having any of it, maintaining that what Weezy says goes.
“I don’t go against the president of my label. Before I had New York radio, I had Wayne,” she said emphatically. “I will never go against Wayne. I can’t believe after all these years, he’s still teaching me. After a man goes onstage and disrespects me and tries to rile people up, I still was going on that stage, and shame on me. Lil Wayne gave me a valuable lesson in self-worth. He tweeted before he called me, and when I spoke to him he said, ‘Nick, we ain’t doing that show.’ ”
Minaj explained that the attack felt extra-vindictive since she was the only woman on the roster (but not because she was the only woman on the roster), and plenty of yelling and screaming took place, sometimes punctuated by Minaj repeating Flex’s name slowly, in an effort to calm him down.
One final issue that she needed to address was Flex’s earlier radio rant, when he defended Rosenberg and Hot 97 and made questionable remarks about her music sales. “When you give stats to the world, people listen to you, and it’s important that people know Nicki Minaj is actually out here selling records, singles and making money for Universal,” she said, rattling off the sales numbers she’s raked in with “Pink Friday” and “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded,” topping it off with, “I get money.”
It wouldn’t be completely accurate to say that things ended on a positive note, but it seems like Minaj had the upper hand here. Flex admitted that Rosenberg could’ve picked a better time to criticize her, and she still stuck by Wayne’s decision to pull her out of the show, reiterating, “This is my hometown. I wanted to come onstage for my fans, my Barbz, my babies.”
When Flex made one final joking attempt to get an apology out of her, you can probably guess the tone of her response. “Excuse me?” No radio station that allowed someone to disrespect me is getting an apology.”
According to MTV, the Young Money rapper was scheduled to headline the show at Met Life Stadium in East Rutherford, but YM boss Lil Wayne made the executive decision to pull Nicki out of the lineup after the Hot 97 Morning Show host threw some digs her way.
“I know there’s some chicks here waiting to sing ‘Starships’ later, I’m not talking to y’all right now. F— that bullsh–. I’m here to talk about real hip-hop sh–,” the usually outspoken Rosenberg said while playing to the crowd at the opening stage in the parking lot where A$AP Rocky, Kendrick Lamar and Schoolboy Q performed hours before the main show started.
The comment didn’t sit well with Weezy, who took to Twitter to let fans know that his crew wasn’t going to take the stage. “Young Money ain’t doing summer jam,” he wrote.
“Wow. U n—az just f—ed up history. But the President has spoken. #YMCMB,” Nicki tweetedbefore revealing that she planned to bring out Cam’ron, 2 Chainz, Nas, Lauryn Hill, reggae star Beenie Man, Foxy Brown, Lil Wayne and other members of her Young Money/Cash Money family.
It’s not the first time Nicki has faced criticism about her hip-hop roots. Back in April, after releasing her sophomore album, Minaj spoke to MTV News about her street background and pop appeal. “I’m still me, hip-hop culture is still in my heart,” she said. “That can never leave me.
Lauryn Hill and Nas still performed, and 2 Chainz guested during both Young Jeezy and Big Sean’s sets, but the rest of Nicki’s guests never made it out. Scheduled Cash Money acts DJ Khaled and Busta Rhymes were backstage but didn’t perform, in what appeared to be a show of solidarity.
In previous years, surprise appearances from Jay-Z, Kanye West and Michael Jackson helped build Hot 97′s Summer Jam into the event it is today, but 2012 will be remembered for who didn’t show.
*Looking like Latoya Jackson, former Barbie, Lil Kim, jumped back into the beef between her and her one-time protégé, Nicki Minaj.
On Power 105′s Breakfast Club show, the rapper talked about her new projects, but couldn’t help but focus a lot of her energy and interview time on the Young Money princess. Before questions could begin flowing about Minaj, Queen Bee threw an offensive punch, asking the hosts why they never grilled Ms. Minaj.
“She has a way of trying to avoid the situation, and y’all let her do it,” Kim charged before she hit on the root of their issue. So she revealed that before Nicki became the star she is, Kim was next in line to sign with Young Money.
“Me and Slim were friends for four years, and we decided that we were going to go into business together,” Kim said of her plans with CM co-CEO Ronald “Slim” Williams. “I was over there with Cash Money — I was getting ready to be partners with them.”
The rapper recorded “Grinding Makin Money,” in hopes of landing a deal and getting back into rotation. She said the single was supposed to be a great push for both parties including Nicki who was just a baby in the game at the time. But it didn’t work out, she thinks because the label didn’t want her involved with Nicki’s career.
“If that would’ve been a big video and a big event record, that would’ve been big for both of us,” Lil’ Kim reasoned. “But I personally think they didn’t want me to stand beside her, which is stupid.”
She even claimed that someone along the line copied her record.
“On her new album, she has a song called ‘Automatic,’ and the song is so similar to the song that I played for Slim,” Kim charged. “The problem with her is she was very catty with it. I never had a problem with her — I was always, always nice with her, always. She was a very obnoxious person, but I was always nice with her.”
The interview gets real heavy, especially when questions pop up about cosmetic surgery. Check it out:
The rapper is getting ready to release her second album and hasn’t even reached her full potential yet. Her popularity and stardom has really shot through the roof. With a major endorsement deal like this, there’s nothing that can stand in her way.
As far as the product goes, she’ll be promoting, a natural soda called Pop, ironically. Some say she’s all-plastic. But that’s not what we’re talking about here.
She’s already begun to film. Her first international commercial campaign was filmed in Argentina last month, of which some footage leaked.
But the commercial is set to premiere some time next month.