Last week, Chuck D had choice words on Twitter for Hot 97 and its annual Summer Jam concert event, taking aim at the popular station that claims to uphold Hip-Hop culture. The Public Enemy front man and Hot 97’s Ebro Darden had an exchange of words, which has now spilled over to the station’s Peter Rosenberg jumping into the fray.
Yesterday, Rosenberg responded on video to Chuck D’s Twitter assault on the station and his compatroits, with Ebro egging on the controversy as part of Rosenberg’s “The Realness” video segment. Giving props to Chuck D in the beginning of the clip, Rosenberg takes a dig at the veteran rapper saying, “No one elected you the president of Hip-Hop” while acknowledging his words would be upsetting to some.
Rosenberg didn’t end there, and he then challenged Chuck D on his current contributions to Hip-Hop. Rosenberg also took aim at Chuck D’s Twitter rants, calling them “confusing” at one point and said that he was “trolling” on the social media network.
Naturally, Chuck D unloaded another barrage of tweets to which Rosenberg gamely replied while retweeting support from his defenders. Hopefully the gentlemen involved can find a way to resolve this issue, but some are questioning Ebro and Rosenberg’s position and even have called it offensive.
Do you think Hot 97 is out of line, or is Chuck D beating a dead horse? Which side of the debate are you on? Let us know in the comments.
Hit the following pages to see the video of Rosenberg checking Chuck D and the tweets that ensued.