Nicki Minaj & YMCMB Took Over Hot 97‘s ‘Summer Jam’ 2014; Plus Nas Brought Out 50 Cent
Last night Sunday (June 1) at New Jersey’s Met Life Stadium, New York’s Hot 97 held their 21st annual ‘Summer Jam’ concert. Everyone from 50 Cent to Nicki Minaj and Trey Songz blazed the stage.
At ‘Summer Jam,’ your truly was in the press booth to witness one of the biggest nights in Hip-Hop music. Artists including Sevyn Streeter (she opened up the show), Brooklyn’s Troy Ave (he brought out rapper T.I.), Aston Brinson, Wiz Khalifa, The Roots Crew, Trey Songz, Nas, 50 Cent, Nicki Minaj & YMCMB and DJ Mustard & friends all performed for the sold out crowd.
‘Summer Jam’ is important because it gives the hottest rappers and rising rappers a chance to perform in front of over 50,000 people in the NYC/NJ market which is by the way one of the hardest if not, the hardest markets to perform in. It is one of the hardest markets to perform in because some people don’t make it pass the first few minutes of their performances in NYC/NJ. If the fans aren’t feeling the artist’s performances, they will boo them in a heartbeat; just ask Destiny Child’s (Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland & Michelle Williams) and rapper Nelly. They were boo’d at ‘Summer Jam’ in the mid 2000’s.
Queens Hip-Hop legend Nas, who was introduced by Angie Martinez and Miss Info kicked off his set with “NY State of Mind”. He also performed other tracks including “Life A B….,” and “The World is Your” before bringing out Meek Mill and French Montana for “I Don’t Know,” “Imma Boss,” “Dreams & Nightmares,” “They Don’t Love You No More” and “Ain’t Worried Bout Nothing”.
Before closing of his set, Nas brought out fellow Queens native, rapper and mogul 50 Cent. It was the biggest highlight of the night because the twosome recently had issues and threw jabs at each other on tracks in the past. There was also a G-Unit reunion (50 Cent reunited with his bandmates Lloyd Banks, Tony Yayo and Young Buck).
Following an introduction from on-air personality Peter Rosenberg, Nicki Minaj hit the stage with special guests including Drake and Lil Wayne. “Moment 4 Life,” “Worst Behavior,” and “Believe Me” are just a few tracks that the duo performed.
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