It was the best of times and the worst of times. For the past 23 years, Hot 97’s Summer Jam has built a strong reputation for being the hub of all kinds of surprises in hip-hop. This year was no different. Concert-goers were caught completely by surprise several times yesterday (Jun 7), from the Festival Stage outside of the MetLife Stadium to the Main Stage inside. In between all of the unexpected appearances on both stages, there were brief moments of chaos, like fans raging out of control during Travis Scott’s set on the Festival Stage and the riot that ensued later on after ticketless fans rushed the gates. Here are the best and the worst moments of Summer Jam 2015.
Best: Teyana Taylor brought out Total
— Karεn Ciѵil (@KarenCivil) June 7, 2015
During her set at the Festival Stage, Teyana Taylor performed a few tracks before she informed the crowd that she had a surprise. Once their song “Can’t You See” began booming through the speakers, Pamela Long and Kima Raynor of Total came out to sing along with Taylor.
Worst: Travis Scott boots off Hot 97 photographer for being “too nerdy.”
As much as it pains me to put the word “worst” and Travis Scott in the same sentence, he was foul for what he did on the Festival Stage. The G.O.O.D Music emcee was already mad that he wasn’t allowed to decorate the stage the way he wanted. Although he was over it, it seemed like he took his anger out on the security and those on stage, including one Hot 97 photographer who was apparently “too nerdy” to share the stage with him. At least Scott apologized to the photographer afterwards… but then deleted it. Smh.
Best: Fetty Wap’s Festival Stage performance got the most love.
We’ve all seen Jersey native Fetty Wap blow up over the past year. The Paterson rapper hit the Festival Stage and was greeted with nothing but screams from the crowd. He began his set with “My Way” and ended it with his smash hit “Trap Queen.” Fetty definitely celebrated his birthday the best way any new artist could.
Worst: Omarion didn’t bring out Jhene Aiko or Chris Brown for “Post To Be.”
Omarion has one of the biggest songs of the year, “Post To Be,” on his hands. During his appearance at Summer Jam, it was highly-anticipated that he would bring out someone who threw down on the song to perform. Even though Chris Brown, Dej Loaf, Ty Dolla $ign, and Trey Songz are on the official remix and were in the building, the MMG singer decided not to bring anyone out thus making the end of his set weak.
Best: Ty Dolla $ign brought out Dej Loaf and Wiz Khalifa
Ty Dolla hit the stage early and was the first artist to surprise the crowd at the Main Stage. First he brought out Dej Loaf to perform “Try Me.” The “Paranoid” rapper then shocked the crowd when he brought out Taylor Gang’s CEO Wiz Khalifa for “We Dem Boyz” and their joint track “Or Nah.”
Worst: Childish Gambino didn’t show up.
Childish Gambino knew what we all knew about SummerJam. He was just smart enough not to show. We know why he didn’t go.
— Sincere Davinci (@sinceredavinci) June 8, 2015
When the Summer Jam t-shirt has Childish Gambino’s name listed but he never showed up…
— Sanj (@wtfsanjida) June 8, 2015