Lil Wayne stood his ground
By DiMarkco Chandler
It’s a culture of respect. Give respect and you’ll get respect in return; give disrespect, and guess what? Get disrespect in return. That is what happened Sunday May 4, 2012, at the Hot 97 Summer Jam concert in MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey.
Before you say, “That’s ridiculous,” know the facts; know the culture.
Funkmaster Flex did not have all the facts until Nicki Minaj spoke to him Monday evening, practically 24 hours after the Young Money superstar and the rest of her guests and crew pulled out of the summer concert without hitting the stage.
Once the dust had settled, we learned that Lil Wayne had ordered the boycott by announcing his intentions on Twitter to withdraw the Young Money crew from preforming at the Summer Jam. “Young Money ain’t doing summer jam,” he wrote. The move significantly diminished the quality statue of this annual concert by removing the Headliner, Minaj, from the bill.
You’re probably thinking, “Didn’t Hot 97 have a contract? Can Lil Wayne pull out of a legitimate contract?” Well, “Yea.” He can, and he did. But that’s not the right question. Why? Why did he pull such a move?
To put it simply, Wayne made this very drastic action because Peter Rosenberg, the station’s host, disrespected Minaj in a comment he made hours before the show was scheduled to start. And believe me, the comment was harsh when you consider the rap culture and their honor and shame tradition.
What was Rosenberg thinking? I mean, here is a headlining artist that Hot 97 booked for the show and Rosenberg’s cocky pseudo-intellectual know-it-all pride slips out of control.
You can’t blame Lil Wayne because that’s the rules of the game. It’s like the game chess. you can’t check someone and expect not to get checked back. In this case, it was checkmate.