Earlier this month, while hosting the festival stage at Summer Jam 2012 Hot 97 on-air personality/DJ and well known hip-hop aficionado Peter Rosenberg was pumping up the crowd who had come to see some underground hip-hop. In the process he threw a jab at Nicki Minaj’s pop song “Starships.”
His exact words: “I know there are some chicks here waiting to sing 'Starships' later—I'm not talking to y'all right now. Fuck that bullshit. I'm here to talk about real hip-hop shit." When Nicki Minaj heard the comment via the live stream of the show, she took the comment personally, saying she felt disrespected not only as one of the show’s headliners but also as a woman. With her boss Lil Wayne’s backing, she pulled out of her performance, citing Rosenberg’s comment as the reason why.
Due to all the controversy surrounding Rosenberg’s dig on “Starships,” we asked him to compile a list of his 25 Favorite Female Rap Songs. He was more than happy to help set the record straight on what he considers “real hip-hop shit.” So read on as Rosenberg shares his thoughts on which women in rap history deserve maximum respect. And yes, there is a Nicki Minaj song on his list.
As told to Daniel Isenberg (@StanIpcus)