East Rutherford, New Jersey - The rain held up and the hip-hop stars were out for Hot 97’s 2011 Summer Jam concert. While a late-afternoon drizzle threatened to dampen the evening’s festivals, the clouds cleared and the show went on without a hitch as 2010 MTV Breakthrough MC Wiz Khalifa opened up the show at the new Giants Stadium at around 6:30 p.m. ET.
After Khalifa’s 15-minute set, ATL’s Waka Flocka took the stage for a short run, doing hits like “Hard in the Paint.” Brooklyn’s Fabolous was the night’s first NY performer and warmed up the home crowd. G-Unit’s Lloyd Banks continued to rep for the five boroughs doing fan favorites like ‘Warrior” and “Karma” from his 2004 debut album Hunger For More. The Punchline King took things back even further by bringing out Mobb Deep who performed their 1995 classic “Shook Ones Pt. II” and 1999’s “Quiet Storm.” Swizz Beatz and Fab also joined Banks for “Start It Up” and Juelz Santana helped out on “Beamer, Benz or Bentley.”
Chris Brown triumphantly took the stage, stepping to his 2009 single “I Can Transformer Ya” and even danced to Cali Swag District’s “Teach Me How to Dougie,” in what seemed to be a nod to fallen CSD member M-Bone Breezy continued to run through his catalog, slowing the pace up with “Take You Down” and “Bullsh--.” Tyga and Kevin McCall joined the R&B singer for “Deuces” and Busta Rhymes spit his sped-up verse to CB’s “Look At Me Now.”
The reunited Diplomats were up next. First Cam’ron and Vado warmed up the stage, while Jim Jones came out next before giving way to Juelz Santana. While they did perform Dipset hits like Jones’ “We Fly High,” “Dipset Anthem,” Cam’s “Suck It or Not” and “Salute,” there were a number of Diplomat classics that were left off of the set list. There was no “I Really Mean It,” “Hey Ma” or “I’m Ready.” Sadly the Dipset stage show seemed to lack the synergy that the group rose to prominence with in the early 2000s.
Hot 97’s Mister Cee, who recently pled guilty to loitering for the purpose of engaging in a prostitution offense spun an energetic set and showed no signs of being affected by his recent drama. When he was done, Cee introduced Lil Wayne who emerged with a full band playing a rocked-out rendition of “A Milli.” Wayne did a string of hits and even sung his latest Tha Carter IV single “How to Love,” testing out the single for the crowd. Weezy showed love to his Young Money squad, giving each member their own shine. Lil Twist performed his latest single “Love Affair,” while Tyga, Jae Millz and Gudda Gudda did “Bed Rock.” Birdman did his thing on “Fire Flame,” Cory Gunz was on deck for Wayne’s “6 Foot 7 Foot” and Drake took the stage for “Miss Me” and DJ Khaled’s “I’m On One.” Strangely there was no Nicki Minaj however.
Rick Ross, who took the stage for “I’m On One” was properly greeted by Wayne who then turned the mic over to the Maybach Music Group boss. Rozay, the show’s closer ran through a string of bangers like “MC Hammer,” “Hustlin’,” and Ace Hood’s “Hustle Hard.” Recognizing the crowd’s thirst to see another hometown hero, Ross seized the moment and called upon his buddy Sean “Diddy” Combs, who emerged from backstage to perform his verse to “O Let’s Do It” and Khaled’s “All I Do is Win.”
Ross went on to pander to the crowd, paying respects to the late Notorious B.I.G. encouraging the packed house to sing along to Biggie’s “One More Chance,” before he honored Tupac Shakur inviting MMG newcomer Meek Mill on stage to do “2Pac Back.” Wale, then stormed out with Yonkers’ Jadakiss to do “600 Benz” and just like that it was abruptly over. The house lights came on and the crowd filed out; musically satisfied.