Yesterday at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, New York radio station Hot 97’s annual Summer Jam took place in front of a crowd of nearly 70,000. The sold out event featured numerous Hip Hop stars including Young Money’s Drake and Nicki Minaj, Fat Joe, Fabolous, Rick Ross, Cam’ron, T-Pain, Maino, DJ Khaled, Estelle, Gucci Mane and Talib Kweli.
Highlights include DJ Khaled’s set, which included appearances from his Terror Squad brother Fat Joe, as well as Rick Ross, Cam’ron and Barrington Levy. Young Money’s “Barbie,” Nick Minaj had several mini-performances involving costume changes and various themes. The DXnext alum featured several guests in his songs, including Ludacris for “My Chick Bad.”
Just over a week away from his “official” debut, Thank Me Later, Young Money’s Drake came to his knees to thank fans for their support in bringing the former Degrassi actor to the ranks of one of Rap’s leading stars. The Toronto native performed upcoming album cuts, as well as tracks from his nearly-gold So Far Gone retail-mixtape.
Over two dozens artists reportedly performed in total. Hot 97’s own Funkmaster Flex also made an appearance.
In past years, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Michael Jackson and The Diplomats have headlined the fame Rap gala.