According to Nicki Minaj’s tweets, rap icon Lauryn Hill was said to be performing with her as a “special guest.” This was before Nicki decided to pull out of the Summer Jam 2012 concert. Lauryn actually did hit the stage but it was with hip-hop legend Nas during his set. She took the crowd through verses of “Ready or Not,” and “Lost Ones” before ending with Nas on “If I Ruled the World.” When asked about performing with Nicki, Lauryn was just as surprised as anyone else! Lauryn did say she respected Nicki’s decision to not perform.
She earlier tweeted,
No disrespect to Nicki, but I need to clear up an inaccuracy. I was not scheduled to be a special guest on her set at Summer Jam, I was invited by Nas to perform with him. I don’t have details on exactly what transpired between the station and the artists, but I do support artists standing by their beliefs, and walking with integrity. We have to find a better way to commercially exploit music, while giving artists their proper respect. This cannot be done while taking their contributions for granted, or trying to control the scope of their growth and power through threats and fear tactics. We can do better than this, there is a better way, or else ‘we’ (the proverbial we) find ourselves in danger of being hypocrites!!!
Ms. Lauryn Hill