Hot 97 Summer Jam 2011 Recap

Hot 97’s SOLD OUT 2011 Summer Jam took place at the New Meadowlands Stadium in New Jersey this Sunday, June 5th. Mainstream hip-hop’s current best artists hit the stage to perform their past and present hits. The line up included Wiz Khalifa, Fabolous, Chris Brown, Waka Flocka Flame, Lloyd Banks, Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, Drake and Dipset.  Also surprise appearances by Diddy, Mobb Deep, Jeremih, Ryan Leslie, Busta Rhymes and Wale.

Dj Enuff started the show by getting the crowd ready for the performances. They announced that Terrence J from BET's 106 & Park is the new member of the Hot 97 family.  Throughout the show the many personalities of Hot 97 including Angie Martinez, Miss Info, Mr. Cee, DJ Camilo, and DJ Kast One made appearances on stage and got the crowd ready for the next performer.



Wiz Khalifa was up first. Wiz always has a lot of energy during his sets. Wiz performed cuts from his mixtapes and his album including his latest single “Roll Up” and his hit “Black and Yellow”.  His set was similar to the Roots Picnic on Saturday, minus 'In the Cut'; I was rather bummed out about that. Wiz didn’t have a large crew of people on stage (how it should be) or any special appearances, just him, his DJ, and his hype man.






Waka Flocka Flame was second to hit the stage. In my opinion, he should have been taken off the bill and Hot 97 should have just gave Drake his own set. Only noteworthy songs he performed were “No Hands” and “Hard in Da Paint."His performance was average, I guess. You could tell the energy shift from Wiz to Waka, though. Waka seemed bored on stage.




Fabolous hit the stage next. He performed tracks from his Soul Tape mixtape with a live band. The first time I saw Fab perform was two years ago in Harrisburg, I liked his set more then. Maybe it was because he has less time to perform his classics during a radio show like this. He didn't even perform any of the most memorable tracks off the Soul Tape. He did however, bring out my favorite guest appearance, Ryan Leslie,  to perform “You be killin’ Em," I am a huge fan of R. Les, so I was satisfied at that point.









Lloyd Banks and 'friends' were on the line-up next. A lot of people thought this was the best performance at Summer Jam... I beg to differ; he did his thing though. Then, Shook Ones came on and Mobb Deep performed with Lloyd on stage.  Lloyd also joined Banks to do their track "Any Girl". Although Lloyds vocals were drowning his performance. He did a short acapella, which wasn’t bad...maybe just a little drawn out for me though. He was ad-lib singing for a good 5 minutes. While performing "I Don’t Deserve You", Jeremih came out to do his part. Juelz Santana came out to perform "Beamers Benz n Bentley" and the stadium went crazy. Swizz beats came out to do "Start It Up" and the whole stadium erupted. Fab, Lloyd, and Swizz came out to perform as well.
















At this point, all of the special "surprise" guest appearances at Summer Jam were predictable. 

Chris Brown came on after Banks. If I had to choose, at that point in time, I'd say Chris stole the show. He had a great set and kept the crowd on their feet; the formula to a showstopping performance. Great set overall but of course it hit pandemonium when he performed "Look At Me Now" and he brought out Busta (predictable).  Also joining Chris on stage was Young Money’s Tyga and Kevin McCall. He brought out Big Sean, too, to perform 'My Last' (my jam)! Chris did a pretty sensual lap dance on a female and almost knocked her out the chair!












Dipset hit the stage next featuring a chubby Cam'ron, Vado, Freeky Zekey, Jim Jones and Juelz. You could tell that majority of the love for dipset was from people who were from Harlem NY. "Speaking in Tungs" had the crowd rocking. Dipset brought out Travis Porter who sung “Make it Rain”. Half the crowd was tired and the other half was dancing around. They also brought out Olivia, who sang her new single, "December." I personally chuckled at the fact that Olivia used to be with Lloyd Banks and friends and now she's performing with Dipset. Maino made a guest appearance during the Dipset set as well.  My only problem was the amount of people on stage! My thought? If you don't have a mic in your hand, SCRAM. It was so many people that Jimmy and Juelz and the others that had a REASON to be on stage, were at the very edge of the stage since there was no room to move. I still think Dipset's said "reunion" is for publicity. They didn't even gel that well together on stage. Just a theory though..




Lil' Wayne hit the stage next after a very dramatic and exciting intro. It was night time by the time he got on stage, so you can imagine the vibe. Fans screaming in a dark stadium with the only lights coming from the stage. It was magic. He received the highest level of energy from the crowd. He brought out Lloyd, Lil Twist, Mack Maine, Gudda Gudda, and Jae Millz for "Bed Rock". Lil Wayne rocked the house. Wayne has a real stage presence, so far the best performance. You can tell he really has love for his Young Money family; that came across as he shared the stage. Cory Gunz came out to perform "6ft, 7ft" and the people showed him a lot of love. Wayne has a new song "How to Love" that was released a few weeks ago that he performed. Wayne's last song "I'm on one" brought out Drake and Dj Khaled and the people went crazy, as expected! Rick Ross came out on the Wayne set also which set up Ross's show closing set. A little bit before Wayne's set was over, i noticed a helicopter circling the stadium. I assumed it was Diddy, I could be wrong though.










Rick Ross brought the house down. He performed some of his best hits "Hustlin'" and "MC Hammer" and his latest single “9 Piece” and “If I Die Today” with Lil Wayne. Towards the end they did "Hustle Hard Remix" bringing out Wayne and Ace hood. Though Ross closed the show out and did a good job, its bitter sweet because towards the end fans start to exit the stadium and try to beat the traffic. Other appearances with Ross were Diddy, Jadakiss, Meek Mill and Wale. I still would have rather had Drake and Wayne close out the show, but I guess MMG has the new radio monopoly. Shout out to Meek and Philly!



Overall, I enjoyed myself at Hot 97's Summer Jam. In other news, there were many incidents (including a car catching on fire)! Apparently the real after party happens in the parking lot before and after the concert (who knew?)  Never the less Summer Jam was great!


Special thanks to Kharisma and Brooklynn, and the whole Hot 97 staff for helping out iSocialite. See ya next year!

Here are a few backstage pics:





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