As many marched and waved their flag with pride at the annual Puerto Rican Day Parade, others attended New York City’s Governor’s Ball or the annual Tribeca Film Festival. But a good number of people attended Hot 97’s Summer Jam with this year’s edition being one for the books.
On Sunday (June 12), the historic festival took place at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. to bring music lovers the biggest names in Hip-Hop from Lil Baby, Lil Durk, Pusha T, City Girls, Fivio Foreign, and many more surprise guests. This year’s Jam was especially important as Kevin Liles’ fight to “Protect Black Art” was evident through compelling and eye-catching T-shirts, the sharing of petition links and phone numbers, and even the surprise message from a jailed Young Thug. The show also gave a heartfelt tribute to one of Hip-Hop’s fallen pioneers, the late DJ Kay Slay.
The annual concert featured two stages, the Festival Stage and the Main Stage. On the former, many upcoming artists were able to plant the musical seeds that could potentially grow and raise the trajectory of their Hip-Hop careers. With hopes to one day perform on the main stage, artists like Girll Codee, Nardo Wick, BabyFace Ray, B-Lovee, JNR Choi, Dougie B., 22GZ, Lady London, and Saucy Santana all got a chance to show why they’re next up. The festival stage also had support from artists like NLE Choppa, Yung Bleu and Cordae who have all been making a name for themselves over the last few years, as well as one Bronx queen who blessed the stage.
VIBE was on sight to catch all of the excitement from the 28-year-old event, here are the five best moments that were unforgettable.