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Nas Says Nicki Minaj and Hot 97 Need to Unify as ‘One Hip-Hop Family’

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Queens MC Nas is opening up about the hot topic of Nicki Minaj‘s 2012 Hot 97 Summer Jam cancellation. The Life Is Good creator was set to walk onstage with the Young Money rhymer, likely to perform their collaboration “Champion.” However, Minaj pulled out of the lauded hip-hop show due to negative comments regarding her music made by radio personality Peter Rosenberg and subsequently Lil Wayne‘s demands.

Nas, who once experienced his own Summer Jam debacle with Jay-Z, spoke with Rap-Up.com about Minaj’s no-show, supporting both sides of the beef.

“I think it was just really messy,” the “Daughters” rapper admitted. “When you’re in the heat of that moment, no one has time to inform anybody, but [Nicki Minaj and I] spoke after briefly and it seemed like it was a crazy situation for her to handle.”

He went on to discuss that the radio station’s jocks and the artist need to come together for the benefit of hip-hop culture.

“When put in that position, it’s no easy thing and I guess I was in support of her, in support of Hot 97. I’ve been there before, so at the end of the day, it could be fixed. It’s one hip-hop family, let’s unify it.”

Life Is Good, Nas’ 10th studio album, debuts July 17.

Watch Nas’ “Daughters” Video



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