EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey — You guys better stop sleeping on [artist id="1243444"]Young Jeezy[/artist]. The Atlanta rap king pulls out all stops during his big show appearances. The Snowman had the highlight of the night at Sunday’s Summer Jam concert, bringing out both [artist id="1283198"]Drake[/artist] and [artist id="1269"]Jay-Z[/artist] on his set.
Young set it off with his massive stadium knockers/ club bangers, such as “Who Dat” and “Bottom of the Map.” He always seems to have the upper hand on shows such as these, at any concert for that matter, because the sound of his music is huge, and the crowd loves his anthems.
Jeezy said he wanted do something for the ladies, and with a couple of thumps of bass preceding him, Drake ran out for “Best I Ever Had.” Tens of thousands sang along as the energetic Canadian bopped and performed his hit. “You the f—in’ best!” he yelled.
Drake, and you could say everybody else on the lineup, was trumped when Jay-Z came out during “Put On.” The Tri-State area crowd filled the home of the New York Giants with applause for the musical icon. Jay spit the verse to his Jeezy remix, then laid his game down with “D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune),” the new song that has been getting played on Hot 97 nonstop. Jay simply walked off the stage when he was done.
[artist id="1919850"]The Diplomats[/artist] — [artist id="1937323"]Jim Jones[/artist] and [artist id="1237281"]Juelz Santana[/artist] — were the show closers. Three years in row now, the collective from Harlem have been the chosen send-off act.
“I heard somebody got killed,” Jones said, sarcastically referring to Jay-Z’s musical burial of Auto-Tune. “They say my man Auto-Tune got killed. Is this a funeral or we came to party?”
Jones then went into “Byrd Gang Money.” Juelz Santana came out for a few favorites, like “Hey Ma,” then the Dips addressed the elephant in the room: There’d be no reunion with Killa [artist id="400206"]Cam’ron[/artist] at Summer Jam. It seems like he’s really done with Jimmy and Juelz.
“We here, and we love Cam,” Jim said. “You wanna do something as if Cam was here?”
They played “Suck it or Not.”
Soulja Boy Tell’em came out as a guest for “Turn My Swag On.” Ryan Leslie came out for Jim’s “Precious,” and as expected, Ron Browz brought the Auto-Tune for “Pop Champagne,” as did DJ Webstar for “Dancing on Me.”
Other Summer Jam guests included Red Man and Method Man, who came out during Mary J. Blige’s set. It was big to see Lil’ Kim do “Lighters Up” as one of T-Pain’s surprises. The Queen Bee was grinding all over the singer during her new song, “Download.” Pain also brought out DJ Khaled and Ace Hood.
Jadakiss left the stage in a hurry after his set. He went on pretty early in the show, before the sun had even gone down. The Lox member did bring out Busta Rhymes for “Respect My Conglomerate,” but a few of his major tricks outta the hat didn’t solidify. No OJ Da Juiceman, Gucci Mane or DMX, and a big rumor that he was going to bring out Cam’ron wasn’t true.
Also on the bill were The-Dream (his guest was Fabolous), Day26, Elephant, Mavado and Serani, whose “No Games” had the audience chanting, “It’s, it’s Serani!”