Kendrick Lamar ‘Respects’ Nicki Minaj’s Summer Jam Decision

Kendrick Lamar

During his trip to New York, Kendrick Lamar braved the intimidating crew at “The Breakfast Club” on Power 105.1. The Compton MC explained how he connected with Dr. Dre, his thoughts on the Nicki Minaj Summer Jam situation, the title of his upcoming debut, and his collaborative project with J. Cole. Listen to the Black Hippy speak his mind.

On Dr. Dre: “It felt like he was under an underground railroad, dungeon somewhere. You’d never see this dude.”

On Nicki Minaj vs. Hot 97: “I’d be hot. She got all the right reasons to do what she did. I respect that. … I’d probably still have performed though. I’da performed for sure.”

On the term “real hip-hop”: “People always try to categorize it, but it’s a certain point in time where artists got to take it to the next level or else everybody will be saying, ‘Oh, they didn’t grow. They were stuck in the underground scene.’”

On why he doesn’t smoke or drink: “I can’t do that ’cause I’d go into this bad disorder, family-type, ignorant-type things.”

On his album title: “It’s unofficial right now. A lot of people be saying Good Kid in a Mad City, but that’s really my alias. It might be that, it might not. I just want to finish the music first.”

On his album with J. Cole: “I’m supposed to be going out a few more days to go work with him, but I don’t know when it will be done, but we are working.”

On J. Cole vs. Diggy Simmons: “I had to ask him about it. He just laughed it off like, ‘That’s a kid, man. I can’t do nothing.’”

On who he wants to work with: “I want to work with Erykah Badu.”

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30 Comments

  1. TAY

    i have so much respect for him.

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    Ha! Reply:

    @TAY, Real dude…he showed his support for Nicki but ain’t no way he wouldve got punk’d by a talentless radio personality..not in your city Nicki??? c’mon son

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    puzzled Reply:

    @TAY, I agree …………next star

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    Pure Reply:

    @TAY, Me 2

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  2. grrl

    Rihanna was called a nigger but she still got on stage and performed her show, and she addressed the woman who wrote that article the next day, Nicki has no excuse

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    MsMickiii Reply:

    @grrl, Nicki said herself that she still would have performed though but Wayne & her manager insisted that she shouldn’t because of the principle of respect.. & the situation with Rihanna was COMPLETELY different to Nicki’s.. in Rihanna’s case a magazine called her a “nigga btch” but in Nicki’s case the dude dissed her not too long before she was going to perform.. so I don’t see what you are really trying to say

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    JJ Reply:

    @grrl, You really tried it didn’t you?

    Rihanna got called a nigger in a magazine. Nobody at the venue was trying to set Rihanna up to get heckled and booed.

    Rihanna didn’t headline a show, sell most of the tickets, draw half to majority of the crowd and then turn around and get dissed by members of the event she helped promote and sponsor.

    Most people in the venue didn’t even hear about that remark in a MAGAZINE.

    Bottom lone Nicki put butts in those seats and gave Hot97 promo and one of their DJs tried to talk down on her before she was to go on? For what? To rile the crowd up to boo? Who knows it wasn’t the time or place. Let A$AP Rocky or Dipset get tried like that. They woulda performed and whipped ass same night. Maybe same time.

    You tried. And failed. Goodbye.

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    grrl Reply:

    @JJ, Rihanna still did her show period, that guy has dissed Nicki many times over the radio, his comments arent nothing new. She didn’t want to do the show and thats the bottom line. And how did Nicki give Hot97 a promo Summer Jam is the biggest thing it promotes its damn self, one more thing if people wanted to boo they wouldve done it anyway his comments dont reflect how the audience will react to that girl, so Goodbye to you.

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  3. Trina's Back

    Is this dude serious? Stop being a RIDER and be real. Nicki dissed herself, and got exposed as a liar. Deal with it.

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  4. Just sayin

    Real azz response.anybody would be hot.. I doubt most people talking about they would have still performed would have actually did it.. And with Wayne in the whole mix I don’t blame her.. I don’t think it’s to many rappers who would have still preformed because it would have let everyone else know that they can get away with something like that. Let folks know to not fck with you once and you usually don’t have that problem no more

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    Lmao! Reply:

    @Just sayin, I respect his opinion, but I disagree with you. The oldest saying in showbiz is “the show must go on.” I seriously doubt most entertainers would disappoint their fans just because one person made comments about their music. It shouldnt be about nicki’s feelings or ego. It’s about the fans who paid their money to see her.

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    Pure Reply:

    @Lmao!, I agree.

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    Just sayin Reply:

    @Lmao!, Naw I dont see other artist still going on after that.. There have been plenty of rappers who have left for smaller issues.. Including lauryn hill.. And nicki’s boss told her no. The show can go on in another form (free concert) but if she would have went on with that show I think a lot of people would have took it as she accepts things like that.. It would have just opened up more situations like that

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    Outspoken Reply:

    @Just sayin, yea now all those adults have to worry about screaming 12 year olds showin up to that FREE concert. She should have taken her bitch ass onstage. Ebro was on the radio saying that YM stated they might not even show up before the Rosenberg comment was even made!Sounds like she didnt want to do it altogether from the get

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    just sayin Reply:

    @Outspoken, i seen that interview and ebro explained that wayne had been having some beef with summer jam for a while and that’s why they were still considering if they should do it at all..nicki wanted to do it..she wouldn’t have been that giddy about it if she didn’t..she even got a old mixtape song talking about doing summer jam..idk wtf your talking about with the other shyt but at the end of the day she didn’t preform and she ain’t the first artist to do that and she wont be the last

    at least endorsers know from now on not to try that stunt or don’t invite her from the beginning.

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    Lea Reply:

    @Just sayin, Oh pleas,Kendrick just doesn’t what a whole bunch of Nicki stans attacking him,so his staying politcal correct to not step on Nicki’s toes.

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    OpD2 Reply:

    @Lea,so what are you saying he can’t be real with is comment,it got to be that he wants to be political correct,he gave is opinion way can’t it be honest in your sight.

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    Just sayin Reply:

    @Lea, or he could mean what he said.. I think a lot of artist understand where nicki comming from because they know how they would have felt if it happened to them
    .. You basically just called him fake.. Just because you don’t agree with his opinion doesn’t
    Mean that’s not truly how he felt about the situation.. You sound stupid

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  5. Cherryfalls

    Omg is this Hot97 thing still news? I’m gonna need people who clearly don’t like Nicki to chill. Lil Wayne pulled the plug. No, she shouldn’t have gone against his decision because he a had a valid point and it’s called respect. Hot97 let down the fans w/ how they handled the situation.

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    ... Reply:

    @Cherryfalls, did you know that the organizers at Hot 97 tried to reach out to Nicki and Wayne about the situation that day? Wayne & Nicki tweeted that they weren’t performing before even speaking to anyone at Hot 97. That was unprofessional too. The whole situation could have been resolved so the fans didn’t lose out. Rosenberg was wrong for making those statements at the concert, but YM was wrong for pulling out. They keep talking about respect, but NOBODY respected the fans! Egos on both sides got it the way.

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  6. MH

    I love Kendrick, can’t wait until his album comes out.

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  7. GolfWang GOODmusic

    this guys so real

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  8. Triniti

    I respect him for not smoking/drinking.

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  9. Redchainsaw

    Can we hear how Betty White feels about the situation next? This summer jam thing has ran its course.

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    Houston Reply:

    @Redchainsaw, yet you’re still reading and commenting. smh.

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  10. TheDreamer

    He doesn’t smoke or drink! I have huge respect for him. If I were Nicki I would have gone on stage so that fans weren’t disappointed. I don’t think this whole situation would have been a huge drama if she just ignored Rosenberg’s comments and performed.

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  11. Dave

    I’m confused. In a few of his songs, it mentions weed, so……………? & I’m a fan.

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  12. trulo

    kendrick u just lost my respect though…. lmaoo how can you say anybody would be hot but you still wouldve performed.. so ultimaley he didnt side with nicki.. but funny as way to skirt around it. lmaoo

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    stripes Reply:

    @trulo, He said he respected her decision, that doesn’t mean MAKING the same decision. I think he’s saying that he still would have performed for the fans that came to see him. Either that or to show that guy…”Hey, what I do is real. Your opinion doesn’t matter right now.” But you would still be upset about the comment, understandably. Anyone would. Your music just got written off; that sucks.

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  13. Arie

    The very same Nicki that deleted her twitter account because of some disagreement with her fans.Rosenberg was right starship is a pop song, she should have used that oppoturnity to prove herself to the Hip hop community.

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