Mon 6 Jun 2016
The show must go on. Hours after canceling the Festival Stage, the main show event eventually started as HOT 97 returned with their annual Summer Jam concert at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey on Sunday (Jun. 5).
Due to the threat of severe weather, the star-studded main stage extravaganza was delayed for over three hours. Once started, artists like Kanye West and G.O.O.D. Music, Fat Joe and Remy Ma, Bryson Tiller, plus DJ Khaled and Friends provided memorable moments for the sold-out crowd despite a few hiccups.
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Surprise performers Maino and Uncle Murda opened the show with regional hits and street anthems from their solo catalog’s, later joined by 2 Milly for “Milly Rock.” Touching the stage together dressed in all-black and pairs of the upcoming Yeezy 750 Boost, Kanye West and G.O.O.D. Music were up next. Lead by Kanye, the crew of 2 Chainz, Pusha T, Big Sean, and Travi$ Scott each rocked fan favorites off their solo albums and G.O.O.D. Music’s Cruel Summer compilation LP. The collective also performed the Cruel Winter single “Champions” for the first-time live, as the newest addition to the label, Desiigner, closed the set with his No. 1 hit-song “Panda.”
The focus shifted to the ladies as R&B sensation Bryson Tiller slowed things down with records off his platinum-selling debut T R A P S O U L. Along with “Exchange” and “Don’t,” the Louisville singer brought out Fabolous to perform his remix of “Sorry Not Sorry.”
Fat Joe and Remy Ma took to the stage next, running through past singles such as “New York,” “Whatevea,” “Make It Rain,” and “Conceited.” Fat Joe was joined by guest Ashanti for “What’s Luv,” while singer Joe appeared for “Still Not A Player” during a Big Pun medley set. The set was capped off as French Montana joined his fellow Bronx natives for their current club anthem “All The Way Up.”
Sadly, shortly after the Terror Squad set a brawl broke out on the main floor, delaying the show for nearly 30 minutes. One the concert resumed, Harlem invaded Summer Jam as A$AP Rocky and A$AP Ferg ran through cult favorites such as “Lord Pretty Flacko Jodye II,” “Yamborghini High,” “Work,” and “Shabba,” before closing with Ferg’s “New Level.”
Major keys were soon displayed shortly after, as it was DJ Khaled’s turn to tear MetLife Stadium down. After opening Beyoncé’s “Formation World Tour” earlier in the day, the Snapchat King called on many of his music collaborators and friends to touch the Summer Jam stage.
Rick Ross, Yo Gotti, Ty Dolla $ign, O.T. Genasis, Mavado, The LOX, M.O.P., Busta Rhymes, and Kent Jones all appeared during the set. Unfortunately, due to curfew, DJ Khaled’s stage time was cut short as additional guests like Usher were rumored to join the DJ/producer. The time also affected Future, whose closing set was cancelled. “Radio station told me to leave…major pump fake,” tweeted the Atlanta rapper. “Totally satisfied & happy wit hot 97 always showing love spinning my records…misunderstood,dnt play Yoself,” he said shortly after, later clarifying his previous comment.
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