Rap stars Drake, Lil Wayne, Dipset, Rick Ross and more lived up to the annual hype behind New York radio station Hot 97’s sold-out Summer Jam concert last night (June 5) in New Jersey.
During last night’s show at Giants Stadium, Southern rapper Rick Ross took the stage and rocked out to his multiple hit singles.
And here, onstage at Giants Stadium, was Rick Ross–his chest puffed out, his black-and-yellow Hawaiian shirt open wide but still somehow stretching tight–cheered on by fifty thousand strong. They welcomed his street anthem, “B.M.F.,” chanting a chorus and cadence that, in various incarnations, has blasted out of car windows on 125th ever since it came out last summer: “I think I’m Big Meech, Larry Hoover.” Rick Ross can make up a lot of things, but even he couldn’t make this up. (Village Voice)
Ross also had a trick up his sleeve when he brought out a special unexpected guest.
Ross had a special surprise in store for the audience at the annual hip-hop event, hosted by New York radio station Hot 97, bringing Diddy out during the finale to close the show in style. The pair, which is working on its own collaborative album as the Bugatti Boyz, performed a handful of tracks including Another One and the remix to DJ Khaled’s All I Do Is Win, on which both Ross and Combs feature. They also took a moment to pay tribute to late rap icons Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur. (Contact Music)
While the show featured performances by Fabolous and R&B singer Chris Brown, Summer Jam also featured Cam’ron‘s Dipset collective.
Other performances were not as well-structured. The Diplomats set displayed the flashes of off-the-wall brilliance that the Harlem rhyme crew is known for, but it also devolved into a chaotic mess. There were a reported 50,000 in New Meadowlands Stadium, and at least half of them looked to be onstage at the end of the Diplomats show. (Believe it or not, many were checking their phones.) It was next to impossible to tell who was rapping, let alone what anybody was saying. (The Star-Ledger)
Grammy-winning rapper Lil Wayne helped the show reach new heights by performing alongside Young Money member Drake.
It wouldn’t be Hot 97 Summer Jam without an appearance from Lil Wayne. Mr. Carter, baring his tatted chest, performed new material for the first time live including his Carter IV single “How to Love” and Kelly Rowland‘s “Motivation” with Shanell. He brought his Young Money family and Lloyd out for “BedRock,” set the stage ablaze with his father Birdman (“Fire Flame”), and capped things off with Drake (“Miss Me”) and Rick Ross, who let it all hang out during “John” and DJ Khaled‘s “I’m on One.” (Rap-Up)
Check out footage from the show below: