Five of the Messiest Rapper/Radio-Station Beefs
Nicki Minaj at Toyota Center, April 2011
Photo by Marco Torres
Last week, Nicki Minaj decided to go to famous New York radio station Hot 97 to hash out and hopefully squash her year-long beef with Peter Rosenberg, a personality at the station. The dispute started over a comment Rosenberg had made at the station's annual Summer Jam concert last year, which caused Minaj to pull out of her performance.
Egos will always be an issue in the music industry, but it seems to be most prevalent among the more outspoken radio personalities. With those egos comes beef with artists, who often have even bigger egos and bank accounts. Some of the squabbles end in DJs being fired and/or artists banned from the station. Here's a look at a few of hip-hop's messiest, most legendary radio-station beefs:
5. Mistah FAB vs. 106 KMEL In 2008, hyphy rapper Mistah FAB had issues with Bay Area radio station 106 KMEL. According to HipHopDX.com, Mister FAB revealed he had personal conflicts with the station's program director Stacy Cunningham and radio personality Big Von. When hyphy was at its height in '08, FAB was banned from KMEL despite being featured on the hit song by Snoop Dogg (now Lion) and Too Short, "Life of the Party." Something about a song with Snoop and Too Short not being played on the radio in Cali doesn't seem right.
4. Hot 97's Wendy Williams of Hot 97 vs. almost everyone in the industry Before Wendy Williams became a daytime talk-show queen, she was one of the messiest and most controversial radio personalities to hit the airwaves. Her interviews struck nerves and got under the skin of many artists and celebs alike. She was known for drama.
One artist in particular Williams upset was Method Man in 2006. She revealed that his wife had cancer on-air, something that clearly should have been kept private. See his reaction here:
3. Star of Power 105.1 vs. the late Aaliyah/Damon Dash Star was a radio personality who was one-half of the "Star and Buc Wild Show" on New York's Power 105.1. In 2001, Star decided to air a joke mocking the death of R&B singer Aaliyah shortly after she died in a plane crash, playing an audio clip of a woman screaming followed by a crash-like noise. This tasteless, tacky stunt got Star suspended, despised even more and in hot water with Aaliyah's grieving former boyfriend Damon Dash.
2. Wale vs. 92Q In 2010, radio personalities Porkchop and Squirrel Wide of Baltimore's 92Q ruffled Wale's feathers when they played a diss track about him made by local rapper Bossman. The DJs made a comment about Wale getting beat up at an upcoming show that didn't sit well with him at all. He called in to the station and cursed them smooth out. Listen to Wale's (over)reaction here:
1. Trae vs. Nette of 97.9 The Box In 2009, Trae the Truth's annual Trae day event at Texas Southern University went sour when a shooting resulted in six people being shot. The next day on Houston hip-hop station 97.9 The Box, Trae was accused of being responsibe for the shooting due to his lyrical content.
Nette, a Box morning-show DJ, and Trae got into an on-air argument that resulted in Trae being completely banned from 97.9. This ban also result in the firing of DJs the Kracker Nuttz and Brandi Garcia for playing songs featuring Trae. As of 2012, Nette no longer works for 97.9 and Trae is still banned from the station.
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