Yesterday’s rain made for quite the nightmare at Hot 97’s annual Summer Jam concert, forcing them to cancel the Festival Village stage, cut multiple acts from the main stage (Kid Ink, Tinashe and Young Thug) and push back the 6pm start time to 8:30pm. Despite the initial setbacks, the show finally went on around 9pm, and fans loved the performances from Uncle Murda and Maino (with surprise guests 2 Milly), Bryson Tiller (with surprise guest Fabolous), G.O.O.D. Music featuring Kanye West, Pusha T, Big Sean, 2 Chainz, Travi$ Scott and Desiigner, and Terror Squad featuring Fat Joe, Remy Ma and Tony Sunshine (with surprise guests Ashanti and French Montana)…but then another setback occurred.
Unfortunately, a fight broke out in the audience, causing the show to be placed on a security hold for at least 30 minutes while police got it under control. This caused the show to be pushed back further, and for those of you who don’t know – there are fines in the 6-figure range for going even ONE MINUTE over the curfew set by the venue. Hot 97 had already gotten clearance to go to 1:30AM (way past the usual 11pm curfew, and this was because the show had to start so late,) so they couldn’t push any further. Unfortunately, this meant more people had to be clipped.
A$AP Ferg and A$AP Rocky finally went on once the security hold was lifted, followed by a star-studded set from DJ Khaled that included surprise guests like Rick Ross, Yo Gotti, The LOX, Ty Dolla $ign, M.O.P. and more. This ran straight to 1:30, however, no matter how short each act was…which meant that it was over. Chance The Rapper and Usher (who were to be Khaled’s surprises) and Future (who was to close out the show) were waiting in the wings, and all had to be casualties of things that were out of Hot 97’s control. At first, Future thought it was a personal thing, and initially attacked Hot 97 on Twitter and Snapchat. He then found out that wasn’t the case, and updated his tweets accordingly. Check out what he said in the gallery. What a night!