"You got to give respect to get it."
Things got contentious at a Cardi B show over the weekend, but the beef came from an unexpected source. Where you might expect a few scuffles in a packed, hyped crowd, this particular tension was coming from on the stage.
Cardi B beefed with her DJ mid-set, apparently taking offense at his decision to cut the song when the pair had a miscommunication. “Are you dumb?” she said as she turned to confront the DJ.
While cooler heads prevailed and the music eventually came back in, the DJ took to Instagram to let it be known that he wasn’t down with such blatant disrespect. DJ Fresh, who regularly DJs for Rich Homie Quan, said that the whole thing came down to Cardi’s terrible management.
“I’m about to address the situation last night that happened between myself and Cardi B,” he said in a video posted to Instagram. “Cardi B performed in Cincinnati last night, which is my home city right now where I DJ out of, and she was kind of disrespectful. Her management…they came to me ill-prepared. They didn’t have music. They didn’t have a flash drive. They didn’t have an order of show. They didn’t have when to stop or start the music. They just kind of bombarded me like ‘Hey, we need this done.’ So. I asked them ‘Where’s the music?’ And they said ‘We don’t got it we just figured you would have it.’”
The DJ said he knew from this moment on that he was dealing with a poorly run show. “That right there let me know that I was dealing with a lot of unprofessionalism,” he said.
That messiness spilled out onto the stage, Fresh explained. “As I’m doing the show, Cardi B is trying to perform or whatever but she can’t get into it,” he said of the incident. “The manager then tells me to stop the music, so I stop the record immediately. She look back at me like ‘Are you dumb?’ She asked me ‘Are you dumb?’ I’m pointing at the manager like ‘he told me to cut it.’”
While both the rapper and the DJ finished the show, Fresh wanted to let it be known that being disrespected like that didn’t sit well with him.
“She disrespected me in my city,” he said. “And me as a DJ, I feel like if we playing your records and we doing this stuff for you…it was the DJs that were the reason you got the number one record in the country. So, I feel like disrespecting a DJ for your ill-prepared and ill-mannered management, that was kind of sideways and I wasn’t really feeling it.”
“Granted you’re new to being number one and being on top,” he added, “but artist to DJ etiquette you gotta come better.”
Fresh does have an idea of how things can be kosher again.
“I feel like your management should have came to you and let you know that it was their fault and not mine,” he said. “Continued success to you and what you’re doing. But you got to give respect to get it.”
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