Being a rap fan in the tri-state area for the past week has been exhausting. Troy Ave’s Irving Plaza shooting last month was the EMP that’s kept most hip-hop shows in New York City out of commission, while ultimately bogus severe weather warnings caused Hot 97 to cancel the festival half of its Summer Jam and caused The Governors Ball to cancel its entire day, including Kanye West’s highly anticipated headlining set. Rap fans desperate for live entertainment couldn’t be turned away from MetLife Stadium’s gates last night (June 6) as seats slowly filled for Summer Jam’s sold out glitzy main event.
Needless to say, last night couldn’t help but be a whirlwind of a Summer Jam – and we’ve got the stories to prove it.
G.O.O.D. Music performance
After surprise openers Maino and Uncle Murda got the crowd hype, darkness abruptly consumed MetLife Stadium. A few seconds later, Kanye West’s first verse from new Cruel Winter joint “Champions” floats on the air as the G.O.O.D. Music family bathes in gold light; Ye, Pusha T, Big Sean, 2 Chainz, Travis Scott, and Desiigner caught an ultralight beam to Jersey last night for a hit medley ending with thousands of people viciously dabbing into shoulders to Desiigner’s “Panda.”
Fat Joe dabbing to “Panda”
Speaking of fierce dabbing, Fat Joe and Remy Ma spearheaded a Terror Squad reunion last night. After the obligatory 2000s cuts (and Remy Ma completely destroying the mic), the duo decided to cut loose with “Panda.” A few seconds in, Joe flails his arms for the DJ to cut the song: “I wanna show everyone my Panda dance,” he shouted to the screaming masses. Joe proceeded to hit approximately 1937420 dabs that would’ve made Killer Mike blush. As if Joe dancing wasn’t crazy enough, he also shocked the crowd by bringing out Ashanti for a quick run through of “What’s Love.”
Fight on the floor
Almost immediately after Terror Squad dipped, a bald spot opened up on the floor of the stadium. People darted left and right as five dudes did their best recreation of this famous scene from The Boondocks:
Busta Rhymes chucking a mic across the stage
You can always count on DJ Khaled for three things: Anthems, screaming, and special guests out the ass. He brought out M.O.P. and Busta Rhymes to rip through “Ante Up,” but my eyes were on Busta as he grabbed the mic, ripped an incomprehensible verse, then chucked the mic across the stage over poor Khaled’s head. Condolences to the techies who had to clean up those mic guts.
DJ Khaled & The Lox cut short
By the time M.O.P. and Busta left, Khaled was in his groove, shirtless and hyping the crowd for a surprise drop-by from The Lox. Halfway through “We Gonna Make It,” the big screens looming over the stadium go dark; the lights slowly fade and the music stops as boos flood the arena and Khaled turns his head to the DJ booth. A booming “Thank you for coming to Summer Jam!” comes out of the speakers while fans chant for more.
Atlanta’s own Future was tapped as Summer Jam’s headliner, but explained his absence last night:
Future, Young Thug, Tinashe, and Kid Ink were the four acts scheduled to play that didn’t before the night was out: