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Friday 19 September 2014

Nicki Minaj requires 'respect'

Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj "just wants respect."

The hip hop superstar pulled out of her performance at New York radio station's Hot 97 Summer Jam in June after a host dissed her Starships song on his morning show.

Nicki didn't appreciate the presenter's comments about Starships not being a proper rap tune.

Still the musician, who grew up in New York City, holds no grudges.

"I feel like it happened and there is no animosity, I still love them over there at the station. They've helped me a lot as well," Nicki told British DJ and radio personality Tim Westwood in an interview. "It's not like we're walking around being angry, we just wanted to prove that one point and that was that. At a certain point, you just want respect."

Nicki's musical peer Lil Wayne supported the star's decision to cancel her performance.

"The year before that Wayne performed How to Love at Summer Jam," Nicki explained. "No one said anything. My thing is the guys do treat the guys different and maybe they feel Nicki Minaj is something to be played with.

"You have your opinions on radio and all that, but when an artist comes to perform you should just keep it to yourself, just for that one day."

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