Everyone knows Peter Rosenberg, the outspoken DJ and co-host of Hot 97’s Ebro in the Morning and ESPN’s The Michael Kay Show. The evergreen DJ earned his keep hosting Hot 97’s Summer Jam, until, in 2002, he insulted Nicki Minaj calling her “Starship” not “real hip hop.” Scheduled as the headliner for the show, Minaj understandably pulled out. Rosenberg would not apologize, and Nas and Lauryn Hill had to step up to fill the spot.
Rosenberg is an incendiary figure—he speaks his mind, sometime without a filter; it’s his job as a DJ. But he might just have gone too far this time when he called Drake “LAME” and his content “meaningless.”
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This Sunday, Drake came to Philly for his Summer Sixteen tour. As we know, Philly is Meek Mill’s hometown. Meek and Drake have been ensnared in a summer-long squabble that is coming to a head.
It all started in July, when Meek tweeted that people should stop comparing him to Drake: “[Drake] don’t write his own raps!” Meek was mad, in part, because Drake hadn’t promoted his newest album.
Drake avoided engaging the drama, but rumors and commentary abounded in the rap community. Tensions sizzled and allegiances were drawn. But it got really real this weekend.
Drake in Meek’s Philly
At the D.C. show of his Summer Sixteen tour, Drake threw what many considered underhanded jibes at Mill, flipping his “Back to Back” lyrics from “He still ain’t did s**t about the other one” to “that p***y still ain’t did shit about the other one.”
When Drake arrived in Philly’s Wells Fargo Center for the next show on his tour, he altered his other lyrics including those of “Still Here.” Mill’s fans were enraged at the perceived affront and gathered outside the venue. Hundreds of Meek supporters crowded the entrance waiting for Drake.
So Drake snuck out the backdoor
This time the threats had turned very real and very physical—security escorted Drake out a backdoor to the dismay of many vexed Philly locals.
Many have accused Drake of being soft. He is Canadian. And was a star of the teen drama Degrassi. While there are many ride-or-die fan of the feel-good kids show, Aubrey (Drake) Graham did not grow up on the streets among the travails that many of his lyrical contemporaries faced.
Meek’s father was shot in an attempted robbery in South Philly when he was Mill five. Financial hardship forced Meek and his mother to move to North Philly, and Meek soon became acquainted with his father’s brother, Grandmaster Nell, a pioneering DJ of late 80s Philly hip hop. Nell, who influenced Will Smith and DJ Jazzy Jeff, showed Meek the ropes.
So, it’s understandable that Mill could harbor some resentment towards the privileged Degrassi-star-turned-rapper, who employs ghostwriters for “his” tracks.