New York rappers Action Bronson, Joey Bada$$, A$AP Ferg, Vinny Cha$e and more have all been announced as part of the line-up for the upcoming annual Hot 97 Summer Jam pre-show festivities.
This year’s pre-show line-up features a heavy dose of Empire State-based hip-hop artists.
HOT 97, the #1 station for Hip Hop and R&B, announces the Festival Village lineup for HOT 97’s Summer Jam XX, presented by Boost Mobile! The best up-and-coming artists will take the pre-show stage from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. to kick off the greatest concert of the summer. Join Action Bronson, Joey Bada$$, A$AP Ferg, Vinny Cha$e, Smoke DZA, Bodega Bamz, Troy Ave, Kid Ink, and the winner of the 2013 Who’s Next Battle for the Best, Radamiz, at Festival Village outside of MetLife Stadium on Sunday, June 2, 2013! (Press Release)
Last year’s Summer Jam turned into a hot topic after a pre-show incident forced Nicki Minaj to ditch her scheduled performance.
“I wasn’t going to do ‘Starships’ and I think everybody knows that,'” Minaj told hosts DJ Envy, Charlamagne Tha God and Angela Yee. “I’m way smarter than that. I know what people wanted to see. I think it was just someone trying to be sarcastic — it was improper timing, it was in bad taste. Everybody makes mistakes but you’ve got to own your mistake. That’s the problem. When you don’t own it, then people feel like, ‘Oh, okay, you feel like you can do this in the future and get away with it,’ and that’s the problem. … I don’t want an apology. I don’t care about an apology. … ” (“The Breakfast Club”)
Hot 97’s Peter Rosenberg defended calling out Minaj’s pop-sounding “Starships” days after her no-show.
“In addition to the morning show, I do an underground show on Sunday nights, I host all of our showcases, I interview underground artists at my house, that’s kind of who I am,” Rosenberg said. “So when I went out there, I wasn’t really thinking about it, I was just trying to hype up all of the fans who were there to see Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, more of the underground acts. It just sort of came out. I did not anticipate the backlash.” (TMZ)
The incident sparked widespread attention, even from rap mogul Nas who has previously had issues with the popular New York radio station’s annual concert.
“I’ve been there before and things like that happen every couple of years. I guess this is the second time something has happened like that between the artist and the radio station. We don’t always agree and the nature of hip-hop can be aggressive and get real gangsta on you now and then. That’s just what it is. These things happen,” Nas explained. “[YMCMB’s] situation was different than mine and I’m not clear on all of it, but of course when it happened with me years ago, it was based on the Jay-Z drama and a whole bunch of other stuff. Her situation is based on something different between her and her camp. Eventually I got cool with Hot 97 and they got cool with me. It’s one hip-hop family, and that’s how it should be at the end of the day.” (Rap-Up)