Hot 97 Summer Jam 2011: The Review!
Imagine an American football game, minus the football, with crowded parking lots of people barbecuing outside, blasting music and your favorite rap artists all in one stadium. This was certainly the scene on June 5 for New York’s Hot 97 Annual Summer Jam...
From the pre-show to the actual show, it seemed like one house party. This year, over 50,000 people filled the Meadowlands Stadium in New Jersey to see acts such as Wiz Khalifa, Fabolous, Rick Ross, Lloyd Banks and The Diplomats perform.
But everyone was anticipating Lil’ Wayne’s first performance at Summer Jam since his arrest. He performed his latest single, ‘How To Love’, and also brought the rest of his Young Money family – which included a surprise appearance from Drake. Next, they went into one of the biggest songs in the States right now, ‘I’m On One, which brought out the new “sex symbol”, Rick Ross.
Although, that was towards the end, just before that the heavy bass of ‘Dipset Anthem’ blared through the speakers and not a soul was sitting down. It was officially the Dipset reunion. Even The Wrap Up’s alumni artist, Vado, joined the stage for a performance with Cam’ron on ‘Speaking In Tongues’. Lloyd Banks brought out Jeremih, but the real shocker was Queens own, Mobb Deep.
Prodigy, fresh out of prison, joined the stage with Havoc to perform classics: ‘Shook Ones Part 2’ and ‘Quiet Storm’. The pre-show was just as good. Acts like Big Krit, Ace Hood and G.O.O.D Music artists Pusha T and Big Sean made sure they gave their all.
For the first time, the show was available for all to see on U-Stream, so I almost didn’t have to attend, but there was definitely no feeling like being there. As a first time attendee, it was undeniably a great show.
Words: Tatiana R. Johnson (@TatianaToT)
Online editing: Joseph 'JP' Patterson (@Jpizzledizzle)