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Hot 97’s annual Summer Jam concert is one of the biggest hip-hop shows to hit the East Coast, and this year was no different. From Fabolous
bringing out Lil Kim
, and more, to Trey Songz
premiering new music, this year’s show was one for the books. And if you didn’t have ticket or a TIDAL subscription, you missed out on all of it. Luckily for you, we’re running it all down.
The day started with Charles Hamilton opening the round of Festival Stage performances, throwing it back to his viral hit “Brooklyn Girls,” dropping a verse, and delivering a performance of his Rita Ora assisted cut-“New York Raining.” Even though his set was short, it was nice to see the Brooklyn emcee back on stage.
Next came Chedda Da Connect
, who performed his hit “Flicka Da Wrist,” followed by Teyana Taylor
who delivered an intensely soulful performance. Not only are her dance moves explosive, but she has the voice to match, with the crowd singing along to every single word of cuts including “Do Not Disturb” and “Maybe.” As if her performance couldn’t get any better, Te-Te traded in her crop top for a t shirt and some shades mid-performance to cover Total
‘s 90s cut “Can’t You See,” and the R&B group joined her onstage. If-for some odd reason-anyone had doubts about Taylor before, that performance definitely put them to rest. She killed it. Brought it back to life. And killed it again.
entered next, followed by B.o.B.
, and then Jersey’s own DJ Wallah
took his place behind the turntables. After running through some New Jersey club and the crowd chanting “Jersey” only one artist could be next: Fetty Wap
. The audience went crazy for the Paterson native-rightfully so-who performed “My Way,” “679,” and “Trap Queen.” Fetty Pendergrass was on one, hitting all of the right notes.
Following Fetty was Joey Bada$$
, who Rosenberg
introduced as a personal favorite because of his “gritty, boom-bap” brand of rap. Bada$$ performed “Christ conscious,” “Big Dusty,” and paid homage to the late pro Capital Steez
with “Survival Tactics.” Fellow pro Kirk Knight
took the stage over to perform a cut as well, only adding to the already stellar set. Pro Era, no error.
But the Festival Stage performer that really turned things out was none other Travi$ Scott
. Scott put on a full on rave, with someone getting carried out after being hurt at the beginning of his set. Things only got crazier. He then encouraged the crowd to hop a gate that was blocking them off, and after a few moments of hesitation, the rage was back on. He then told Hot 97 security that they don’t work for him, and that they better not lay a hand on anyone in the audience. Dude loves his fans for real, and if one thing was made clear, it was to let the people rage! The G.O.O.D. music rapper continued the show, performing songs including “Don’t Play,” “Upper Echelon,” and “Mamacita,” before premiering his new single “3500.” However, there was one more hiccup before Travi$ left the stage, when he kicked one of Hot 97’s photographers off of the stage, in front of everyone:
“Hey, get your fucking nerdy ass off the stage, bro. Go! Now! I don’t know you, bro. Nobody on stage bro. No disrespect, I’m an artist… I don’t care if you’re working for Summer Jam, Bye! You’re not working for Travis! This isn’t Summer Jam, this is a Travis Scott show!”
He apologized later for embarrassing the man, but from the moshing to the injured audience members to the antics, he was not lying when he said it was a Travi$ Scott show.
The Stadium Stage performances kicked off inside of MetLife at around 6:30, with Omarion
opening with a medley of songs, like “Let’s Talk, “MIA,” and of course “Post To Be,” as well as delivering a dance performance that produced pop locks reminiscent of the 2012 Bet Hip Hop Awards. If only Maybach O threw it back once or twice, with some “Ice Box,” “Entourage,” or even a B2K reunion. No?
Ty Dolla $ign
was next, bringing out Dej Loaf
and Wiz Khalifa
during his performance. Trey Songz followed, hitting the stage to a medley of screams that only amplified after he took his shirt off. Nevertheless, the R&B crooner held it down, and even performed a new cut from his upcoming album.
Next was Chris Brown
, who performed recent songs like “Came To Do,” “Love More,” as well as the throwback joint “Poppin.” After crooning to the audience for a few tracks, the singer brought out 50 Cent
to a roaring crowd as they performed “Many Men” and “What Up Gangsta.” Of course, it was dope, but let it be known that Breezy harmonized “Many Men” during his set. Yeah, marinate on that a bit.
joined Chris on stage too, performing the “Hot N*gga” remix and the Chinx Drugz
assisted-“Off The Rip,” while rocking a shirt that read rest in peace to the late Coke Boy.
Now, here’s where things got crazy. Not the bad kind of crazy, but the good kind that comes when Fabolous
puts on a concert within a concert. Listen. Fab comes out all cool and collected and kicks off his set by performing some of his singles like “Lituation,” “She Wildin'” with Breezy and “Ball Drop” with French. But the guests didn’t end there. In fact, they didn’t stop. Loso brought out Black Rob
, Busta Rhymes
, Remy Ma
, Fat Joe
, Method Man
, Mobb Deep
, Lil Kim
, The Lox
, and Ma$e
. To have classics like “Whoa,” “Quiet Storm,” and “Lean Back” performed all on one stage? Come on man. No explanation needed.
Loso’s performance was certainly a hard act to follow, but Kendrick Lamar
was up for the job. The Compton native opened with “Backseat Freestyle,” and continued through a medley of good Kid, m.A.A.d city
songs-with some assistance from Schoolboy Q and SZA. He transitioned to songs from To Pimp A Butterfly
, and was joined onstage by E-40, Ab Soul, and Welven Da Great during “Alright.” Yes, you read that right.
followed, and throughout his entire performance it’s quite possible the audience didn’t take a single breath. Seriously. From “Paradise” to “Play No Games” to “IDFWU,” the crowd knew every single world to every single song the Detroit rapper performed.
As if the show wasn’t already epic, Meek Mill
entered next, performing “Monster.” He was joined by Future
, and then by none other than his girl Nicki Minaj
who performed “Only” and delivered an I love you to the rapper while on stage. He responded the same, and the screams that followed from the audience were enough to make glass break. Meek continued his performance with “Amen,” “Intro,” and announced that Dreams Worth More Than Money
is coming this month.
After Meek left everyone thought the show was over. That is, until Troy Ave
and then Fetty Wap
hit the Main Stage for short sets. All in all, the show was amazing. Hopefully this made you feel like you were there (at least a little).