Jhene Aiko, Childish Gambino, Iggy Azalea & More Perform at Hot 97 Summer Jam 2014 [EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS]
Sometimes things just don’t go the way you want them to go. From the moment Jhene Aiko started her set at Hot 97’s Summer Jam Festival 2014 on Sunday (June 1) at Metlife Stadium, it seemed like there were some sound issues before she stepped onto the stage.
However, things seemed to really go downhill when her mic fell off the stand as she was about to start ‘Stay Ready (What a Life).’ Despite the obvious folly, she went on with the song and even gained some support from the crowd.
Despite a few mishaps, Aiko gave a strong performance. During her set, the California songbird performed ‘Bed Peace (Remix)’ with a shirtless Childish Gambino. The two played off each other so well that some in the crowd even questioned if there was anything going on between them. Dressed in a flowing sky blue outfit, she also sang her hit ‘The Worst’ and paid tribute to the late Tupac Shakur with a cover of ‘Keep Ya Head Up.’
Aside from being Aiko’s duet partner, Gambino was among the main acts on the Festival stage. The actor-turned-rapper performed ‘Worldstar,’ ‘I’m a Winner’ and ‘Sweatpants.’ Dressed simply in a white T-shirt and earthy shorts, Gambino threw down rhymes to a live band as opposed to a backing track.
“Yo Summer Jam, it’s a f—ing dream doing this s—,” he yelled before hyping the crowd up with ‘3005.’ “Hot 97 was nice enough to f— with this s—.”
R&B singer Mack Wilds, who was dressed in a New York Yankees jersey, gave a high energy performance of ‘Henny,’ ‘Wild Things’ and his hit single ‘Own it.’ Finally, Nipsey Hussle‘s set list consisted of ‘All Get Right,’ ‘Checc Me Out’ and ‘U See Us.’
As the sun started to blaze over the audience, it seemed temperatures surged higher once August Alsina walked onto the stage. Met with high-pitched screams from girls who, as Cipha Sounds said, were ready to drop their panties, he opened his set with ‘Illest Bitch.’ He also performed ‘Get Ya Money,’ ‘Ghetto’ and ‘Make it Home.’
“I know New York is a tough motherf—in’ crowd,” he admitted, “but I love you.”
Check out other photos from Hot 97’s Summer Jam Festival 2014 below.