Nicki Minaj Tells Power 105 That “Starships” Wasn’t On Her Summer Jam Setlist

The Nicki Minaj/Summer Jam saga continues, as the raptstress called New York City radio station Power 105 this morning and said during her interview that she wasn’t even going to perform “Starships” at the event. On the surface, the song is the cause of the drama, as Hot 97 DJ Peter Rosenberg dissed the Minaj hit for not being “real hip hop” on stage at Summer Jam, hours before Nicki was to do her set on Sunday.

“You wanna know what’s the funniest thing? After all this has been said and done, I wasn’t gonna do ‘Starships’,” Minaj told the station. “And I think people know that. I’m way smarter than that. I know what people wanted to see.”

Nicki went on to say that she had a great show planned for the event, which was to include guests Cam’ron, Foxy Brown and Nas. “Even artists that were on my set were asked to perform,” Minaj said during her interview. “And they said, if Nicki’s not on that stage, I’m not on that stage. And we gonna ride out on loyalty tonight.”

The female rapper then put to rest the rumor that she had planned to depict a funeral with a Lil’ Kim lookalike laying in a coffin during Summer Fest. “I don’t even want you to finish that sentence, because that’s not in my character, and that’s ridiculous,” Nicki said. She then planted tongue in cheek and added, “Let’s stop with all the rumors that are giving people false hope that they’re relevant.”

Nicki also reiterated her point from her Hot 97 interview with Funkmaster Flex last night: “I’m not using the female card — I am a female. It is what it is. Like I said last night, you should think about that before you attack the only woman on the bill. Something should have kicked in and said, you know what — wow, this girl, I may not like one or two songs, but she is holding it down for every woman in hip hop right now at this moment.”

Minaj stated that she plans to make up her Summer Jam cancellation to her fans by staging a free concert at some point. “This was actually [Lil] Wayne’s suggestion,” she noted. “Wayne was like, we’re gonna do our own show for the people, you don’t have to feel bad. Because obviously I feel bad.”

Do you agree that Peter Rosenberg should have checked his opinions at the door, given that Nicki was the only female headliner on the bill at Summer Jam? Let us know your thoughts below, or by hitting us up on Twitter and Facebook.

  • Marlon

    It’s just another case of DJs trying to play A&R. So many radio DJs and DJs period want to give their opinion of what’s hot and what’s not. When we want your opinion we will give it to you. Lol.

  • Jamie Scognamillo

    PLEASE Obviously you know nothing about how Radio works seeing how its all pre programmed garbage. EVEN REQUESTS normally!! DJs are the heartbeat of what People want to listen to, We make the parties go when someone isn’t telling us what to play, trust, if more of us were A&R’s, Music would be far better and there would be alot more Waiters and waitresses out there waiting for a break!!! Not to mention Rosenberg was bein Rosenberg, this isnt some dude poppin off, this is what he does!!!

    ALSO THAT SONG IS GARBAGE from a Hip Hop Stand point TRUTH!! She should be on a Z100 Jingle Ball with the garbage she has been putting out not the PIONEER OF HIP HOP RADIO HOT 97 SUMMER JAM!!!

    And now she can say what ever she wants about who “WAS” going to be on stage.. she should have come out and addressed the situation and brought some FIRE and shut his stoopid ass up. INSTEAD Her, Wayne and the rest of YM PUNKED OUT– Missed their chance at HIP HOP IMMORTALITY….
    instead Rosenberg just got a TV show and Minaj still is putting out crap!!!


  • Sage

    Niki was right to back out, this DJ nobody should show a bit more tact when dealing with people regardless of who they are, Niki was a guest and he treated her crappily like a kindergarten schoolyard.

    There will be other shows and opportunities for Niki and Lil Wayne to “hit it big” with bigger and better concerts, unlike this DJ fail crapfest.