By Rob Markman
Okay, so there was no Young Money, but there were no shortage of big time rap names at Hot 97’s Summer Jam concert on Sunday night. Rick Ross, Meek Mill, Wale, Nas, Lauryn Hill, Waka Flocka Flame, J. Cole, Trey Songz and Young Jeezy are just some of the talent that showed up to take the stage at the annual New York/New Jersey hip-hop fest. Backstage there were even more big timers.
“I wanna tell the people that I’m so happy to bring somebody so legendary like Ma$e back in the game,” Bad Boy MC French Montana told MTV News before he surprised the crowd by inviting Betha out on stage to perform with him and Wale for the “Slight Work” remix.
“I’m not bringing him, he’s bringing himself back. Being a part of it is legendary for me,” Montana said correcting his original statement.
After Hot 97 morning show host Peter Rosenberg insulted Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne decided that no YMCMB artists were going to take the stage, but Tyga who was slated to perform before all the drama completely unfolded was an exception to the rule. He was taken back, by the amount of fans he had in the audience. “When I first got out there I was kinda amazed at how many people were out there,” Tyga said.
2 Chainz who will be releasing his solo debut album Based on a T.R.U. Story was also thrilled by the love he received. “60,000 people, New York City, the Mecca of hip-hop and each one of ‘em knew about the Tru campaign, each one of ‘em knew about 2 Chainz, it just felt good,” the Atlanta rapper told us.
Unfortunately there were some artists who didn’t get to perform like Future, Busta Rhymes and Fat Joe. All three were slated to come out during DJ Khaled’s set, but after Weezy issued his Summer Jam boycott no Cash Money artist performed for the rest of the night in a show of solidarity—this included Khaled who is now a part of the YMCMB team officially.
Despite the disappointment Joe Crack couldn’t ignore the magnitude of the annual concert. “Summer Jam is a major, major, major event. I just heard an artist on the radio say it’s like the all-star game,” he said.
We couldn’t agree more.
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