Hot 97’s Summer Jam 2010 was the biggest live hip-hop show of the year, hands down. The music festival, which takes place right outside Giants Stadium, featured a star-studded line-up with the likes of Drake, Nicki Minaj, Cam’ron and more, as well as a spirited freestyle battle, performances by Roc Nation’s premiere artist J. Cole, Duck Down’s Sean Price, and hit reggae act Gyptian.
As the Hot 97 DJs warmed up the crowd, the sky turned grey and everyone braced themselves for rain. However, the hip-hop Gods smiled down upon us and only let a few droplets come down. Anyone who has been to Summer Jam in the past knows even if it did rain that wouldn’t stop the party for a moment.
As the new Giants Stadium filled with eager fans, the bass rumbled the ground. Once seated, the sea of people shook the stadium to it’s core. The sweet smell of Mary Jane was the perfect setup for Gucci Mane and his 1017 Brick Squad team, who took the stage to perform their street anthems and make their presence felt up north.
The monstrous baller anthem, “Beamer, Benz, or Bentley”, by Lloyd Banks and Juelz Santana had all concert goers reciting their favorite lines.
Fabolous gave a memorable performance with his notable New York anthems. Once “Breathe” blared through the system, every hip-hop lover was on their feet snapping their neck to the Just Blaze-produced classic.
The Heavy Hitters were definitely in the building! DJ Enuff, Camilo, and L Boogs made the crowd erupt with a variety of club anthems throughout every transition.
One of the most memorable sets was from Miami’s own DJ Khaled. His signature voice and catch phrases made you realize what a performance it was going to be. His posse cuts made the night. From T-Pain laying the hooks, to Ludacris and his clever wordplay, all the way to an energetic performance from the New York General, Busta Rhymes. Even Rick Ross graced the stage and brought us back to his “Hustlin'” days.
Although there were many noteworthy performances throughout this memorable night, Khaled easily stole the show.
Our little glimmer of hope for a Dip Set reunion reached its peak, when Cam’ron stepped from behind the crowd of people on stage and performed his classic hit, “I Really Mean It”. Vado — his newest protege representing a new Harlem force The U.N., backed by Cam — performed “Speakin’ Tungs,” a party track that put the locals in a frenzy. Although Jim Jones was supposedly scheduled to take the stage with Cam, there were reports that Jim Jones was not allowed entry into the venue for undisclosed reasons. We all remember the issues between Jim and the Hip-Hop Police at the previous Summer Jam.
The self-proclaimed kingpin, Funk Master Flex, gave the crowd a noteworthy show. His braggadocios DJ set made one thing clear, he’s still giving the people what they want — that authentic feel of what a DJ used to be. Bold statements like, “This is why I’m the best to ever do it” and “I could do this all night New York” made it evident that he would not be winning an award for the most soft spoken DJ in town.
Drake also made the crowd cheer in unison. His set was like an audience karaoke session, making it clear the Young Money artist has reached a status most could only dream of. Nicki Minaj turned more than a few heads as she performed in 6 inch clear heels and a form fitting dress that showed off her luscious figure.
Trey Songz gave a very explicit, NC 17 type of performance with his sexually charged set, and even went as far as to bring a female from the crowd on stage and kiss her. All while Usher kept the ladies satisfied, performing his catalog of smash hits.
Not many hip hop shows could match up to the star-power that is Summer Jam. It can only get bigger with time, and with a new stadium will come new memories. Let’s just hope we get that Dip Set reunion in the near future.