G-Unit’s Lloyd Banks, Lil Wayne, Dipset and more will make their way to the annual New York radio station Hot 97’s Summer Jam stage set to take place next month as the show’s main headliners.
Announced during radio host Angie Martinez‘s afternoon broadcast, the veteran unleashed the preliminary list of headliners.
According to Martinez and other Hot 97 personnel taking part in the announcement, this year’s main stage participants include: Fabolous, the resurgent Dipset crew, the buzzing (no pun intended) Wiz Khalifa, as well as Waka Flocka Flame, Rick Ross and G-Unit soldier Lloyd Banks (and friends). Among the bigger names, a back-to-back appearance by Drake, an appearance by Lil Wayne (and his daddy Birdman). Angie Martinez saved the “big, big” deal for last, announcing that Chris Brown is scheduled to appear as well. Martinez and the Hot 97 crew also hinted toward a couple of “surprises” in store, though without giving many details. (Birthplace Mag)
With tickets already on sale, the event will kick-off at the Meadowlands Stadium in New Jersey.
Set to go down on June 5, tickets, ranging from $45-$200, are currently on sale now at ticketmaster.com. A portion of the proceeds of Summer Jam 2011 benefit HOT 97’s “Hip-Hop Has Heart Foundation” providing financial assistance to charities that benefit New York Tri-State communities. (XXL Mag)
Last year’s Summer Jam featured multiple rap stars including Drake and Ludacris.
Freekey Zekey and Cam’ron came out later in the night as part of DJ Khaled‘s show-stealing set. Hot 97 advertised that Khaled would be bringing out “friends,” and no one knew what to expect. Well, if you follow the Miami multi-tasking, up-and-coming mogul, you would have to suspect that he’d bring out Rick Ross. The two down-bottom mayors are thicker than Starsky and Hutch. Plus, Ross and Khaled did interviews together on Hot 97 earlier in the day. (MTV)
A year prior, Jay-Z made headlines after performing “Death of Auto-Tune.”
“This is crazy, ’cause I didn’t know where T-Pain came from,” Jay revealed in an interview speaking about his Summer Jam 2009 experience. “I look and I see somebody to my right and I swear I thought it was a fan and he was coming to hug me. I’m not even lying, not trying to be funny or take shots. I thought this person ’cause I didn’t see who it was ’cause he was coming to hug me and I thought all right, that’s some cool rock star stuff and then I seen people move again and I look back again and think ‘Is that…’ I guess he wanted to get close like ‘Not me.’ But it’s really not him. It was a little awkward and it was cool. I don’t mind sharing a little bit…He didn’t mean any harm, he was just embracing the record…I’m not saying autotune is wack…I’m not saying that, I just put a soundtrack to it, I put a voice to it. If people wasn’t feeling this way then the record wouldn’t work the way it would…The culture is bigger than the politics.” (“The Angie Martinez Show”)
Check out footage from last year’s Summer Jam below: