Ludacris, DJ Khaled Tear Down Hot 97’s Summer Jam 2010
New York City radio station Hot 97 held its annual Summer Jam festival last night at New Jersey's Meadowlands stadium, making for one of the most star-studded events of the year. Headlined by Usher, the concert, hosted by radio personalities including Angie Martinez, Miss Info, Peter Rosenberg and more, featured performances from the urban music elite -- Ludacris, DJ Khaled, Trey Songz, Drake, Fabolous, Nicki Minaj and a handful of others. Notorious for hard-hitting guest appearances -- Michael Jackson came to Jay-Z's aid a few years back -- this year was far from exception.
The festivities began with parking lot performances from Roc Nation's J. Cole, Diggy Simmons and Serani, all of whom played to an afternoon audience brave enough to stand the heat. Inside the stadium, the main concert kicked off with a warm-up set from Mr. Cee, who introduced Gucci Mane and Waka Flocka Flame to a raucous crowd. Though their set was brief and cut off before the two could finish, the pair made their way through Gucci's 'Lemonade' and Waka's 'O Let's Do It,' clearing the stage for Juelz Santana, whose set featured guest appearances from Maino and Lloyd Banks.
The ladies in the house went berserk for Trey Songz and Drake, with the Young Money bandit performing cuts like 'Forever' and 'I'm Going In' and bringing out Birdman and Nicki Minaj for 'Money to Blow' and 'BedRock.' Songz, backed by a full band, only got through four songs, but drove the females to hysterics with an extended break during 'Neighbors Know My Name.' During the song, he stripped off his shirt and showcased his sexual prowess, grinding against the air and moaning to the beat of the song. He even invited a lucky girl up on stage to share a kiss and had Fabolous join him for 'Say Aah.'
Loso held it down for the rap heads, performing joints like 'Money Goes, Honey Stay' and 'All the Way Turnt Up,' while Reflection Eternal's Talib Kweli and Hi-Tek catered to the backpackers with 'The Blast' and 'Move Something,' bringing out Estelle and J. Cole to help flesh out the set.
Ludacris stuck to his older material during his brief set, mixing 'Stand Up,' 'What's Your Fantasy,' and 'Move Bitch' with recent hits like the recently gone platinum 'My Chick Bad,' where Minaj once again returned to the stage. DJ Khaled left the crowd over-stimulated with his guest-heavy set, bringing out T-Pain, Rick Ross, Fat Joe, Minaj, Barrington Levy, Busta Rhymes, Vado and Cam'Ron who, rumor had it, was set to reunite with his Dipset fam – one of the biggest disappointments of the night.
But surprisingly, one of the other big letdowns was Usher, who succeeded Khaled's hard-to-follow performance. Audiences streamed towards the exit as the former teen heartthrob played 'Nice and Slow,' 'Throwback' and 'Lil' Freak,' during which Minaj made her fourth appearance of the night and brought along Cassie to stand by her side. It was a lackluster end to an otherwise action-packed event, another notch added to the illustrious station's belt.