This past igunday, June 7, Hot 97 returned to MetLife Stadium for its annual Summer Jam event. The event began at 2 p.m. at the Festival Stage located right outside the stadium. Fetty Wap, Travis $cott, Dej Loaf, B.o.B, Teyana Taylor, and surprise guest Chedda The Connect all took turns rocking the stage and hyping up the crowd for the main event.
The event continued inside at 6:30 p.m. as MMG singer Omarion was the first to take on the main stage with his hit “Post To Be”. Following Omarion, Ty Dolla $ign took over the stage for the second year in a row. His first guest was Dej Loaf, Ty then brought out labelmate Wiz for “We Dem Boyz” and “Or Nah”.
Unfortunately for most guys, Trey Songz came out next and completely stole every girl’s attention. Trigga performed some of his biggest and latest hits including “Na Na,” “Foreign,” and “Slow Motion”. His singing might have been great, but I’m sure he received the most noise when his shirt came off. What a show off.
Every girl’s eye’s remained glued to the stage as Trigga’s “Between The Sheets” tour partner, Chris Brown was next to come out. Breezy showed off his dance moves and sang to his Day 1 fans with his ’05 hit “Poppin.” He ended his solo set with one of his most recent hits, “Loyal.” Some might have expected to see Tyga come out during Brown’s stage time, but got a surprise when we saw him welcoming G-Unit, who performed “What Up Gansta” and “Many Men.” French Montana then joined all of them to perform his remix of “Hot N***a”
Best performance from Summer Jam 2015 goes too…Fabolous! He came out and performed “She Wildin” and “Ball Drop” with Chris Brown and French who had just been on stage. Fab then paid homage and reunited New York City as he brought out a list of guests, one by one. His first guest was Black Rob, who performed his hit “Whoa.” Busta Rhymes and Spliff Star then came out to perform their ’97 hit “Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See.” “Ante Up” remix was the next song that had the audience going crazy. Everyone completely lost it when Remy Ma came out to do her verse. Fat Joe and Remy Ma had the whole stadium leaning back to the throwbacks.
Fab’s list didn’t end there; The LOX, Redman, Method Man, Ma$e, Raekwon, and Mobb Deep were also welcomed by Fab for a major ’90s hit set. The way Fab’s list was setup, I was almost expecting to see Biggie come out too.
Kendrick Lamar took on the stage next, and performed tracks from both Good Kid M.A.A.D City and To Pimp A Butterfly. Lamar kept his list of surprises short but close to home. ScHoolboy Q joined Lamar on stage and performed his hit “Studio.” Ab-Soul and SZA also joined Lamar. The one surprise that seemed to be a little off was Instagram sensation Welven Da Great.
The crowd felt blessed as they got to see Big Sean tear down the stage. He performed verses from a list of hits, but kept his performance solo.
Meek Mill had the last set of the night and made sure the event ended with a bang. He had the crowd energy level at 100 as he performed “Levels,” “Monster,” and “Imma Boss.” Meek brought out Future who performed “F*uck Up Some Commas” and “Trap N***as”. Girlfriend, Nicki Minaj stole the set as she performed her verses from “Only” and “Truffle Butter.”
“Love you Meek,” Nicki said as she walked out.
“Love you too baby,” Meek responded.
“That’s the first time you’ve heard me say that,” Meek mumbled to the crowd as he checked out Nicki while she walked away.
Troy Ave and Fetty both had mini sets to really close out the night.
However, when things seem too good to be true, they usually are. While over 55,000 people were inside enjoying the show, riots between law enforcers and crowds broke out all around the outside of MetLife. People were allegedly trying to jump over fences to sneak into the concert. For safety reasons, staff members were forced to close off any further entry. Concertgoers who actually did have tickets but just happened to arrive late caused yet more riots as they were angered that they weren’t allowed inside despite having paid for tickets.
A fan reached out to Baller Alert via Instagram to complain about how they had traveled all the way from London to enjoy the show, and ended up not being allowed in.
“Well if people try to jump the gate and rush police. Yes I’m shutting it down, We don’t know if those people have weapons or their intentions. We are not jeapordizing the whole event for a few dummies. The gates open at 2P at the Festival and 530P at the Stadium….Its unfortunate that a few idiots come to try and test this event we have had success with for 23yrs… My apologies to anyone left out, but I WILL NEVER allow this event to be ruined by some lazy idiots that didn’t wanna spend $40 on some tickets. FOH loser….Get here on time BTW”
Despite the riots and some upset tardy fans, Summer Jam 2015 was another one for the books as legends joined new stars to put on an event that had MetLife rocking from miles away.