Lil Wayne, Rick Ross and Drake Invade Hot 97 Summer Jam 2011
The sky may have been overcast at Hot 97 Summer Jam 2011 but inside New Meadowlands Stadium in New Jersey on Sunday (June 5), the dismal weather did nothing to put a damper on the crowd’s spirit as they welcomed the likes of Lil Wayne, Rick Ross and Drake to the stage with booming applause.
Rushing out onstage in a yellow hoodie and black-and-white striped shorts, Weezy F. Baby — with a full band backing him — performed solo before bringing out his special guests. He ran through joints like ‘I’m Single’ and ‘Drop the World,’ sans Eminem, and treated those in the audience to his new ‘Tha Carter IV’ single, ‘How to Love,’ showcasing his knack for crooning like his Young Money mate from Toronto.
Lil Wayne didn’t stay alone for long as he brought out his Young Money family — Lil Twist, Mack Maine, Shanell, Jae Millz, Tyga and Gudda Gudda — along with R&B singer Lloyd to perform ‘BedRock.’
At one point during his set, Wayne took off his shirt, baring his heavily tattooed chest and swinging around his dreadlocks to the rhythm of his band’s tunes. Birdman then joined his son for ‘Fire Flame,’ and Shanell took on Kelly Rowland’s role to support Weezy as he rapped his verse on the former Destiny’s Child member’s song ‘Motivation.’ He also brought out Bronx native Cory Gunz for his assist on ‘6 Foot 7 Foot.’
The show couldn’t go on without Drake, who stood by his boss for ‘Miss Me’ and DJ Khaled’s ‘I’m on One,’ the latter serving as hype man throughout the set. Rick Ross entered the performance during his verse on Khaled’s track, wearing a very Miami Beach-inspired jacket, only he let it all hang out, showing off his tattooed belly.
After Wayne and the Maybach Music head honcho got gritty on the apocalyptic sounds of the Lex Luger-produced ‘John,’ the former let Ross take over, moving into ‘9 Piece,’ bringing out Ace Hood for ‘Hustle Hard’ and rapping through the ride-out tune, ‘Aston Martin Music.’
Rick Ross capped off the night’s festivities — which began around 6:30PM, saw performers like Wiz Khalifa, Chris Brown, Cam’ron, Jim Jones and Lloyd Banks take the stage, and ended promptly at 11PM — by tapping his signees Meek Mill and Wale. Meek pumped out his lyrical skills on ‘Tupac Back’ and Wale, dressed in a New York Knicks jersey, spit his verse, alongside Jadakiss, on ‘600 Benz.’
Watch Lil Wayne, Drake and Rick Ross Perform ‘I’m on One’ at Hot 97 Summer Jam