East Rutherford, NJ–With well over 50,000 fans of the Tri-State region in attendance, Saturday night’s Hot 97 Summer Jam 2022 was back and better than ever. Together with some of the hottest names in the Hip-Hop industry, its theme was dedicated to legacy, unity and support of Black Art.
A range of performers took to both the festival and main stages spitting nothing but fire on the latest top-charting tracks revving up the sold-out MetLife Stadium crowd.
Opening the festivities were Bad Girls Club/Love & Hip Hop famed rapper Dreamdoll, Jamaican Dancehall songstress Shenseea, and Black Soprano Family rapper Benny the Butcher putting down lyrics, warming up the already lit arena.
Next up was Miami’s hot duo The City Girls bringing out their sexy swag on hits “Take Yo Man”, “Where The Bag At”, “Act Up”, and other sizzling tracks firing up fans with pure spiciness.
Roddy Ricch took to the stage blazing his fan favs and fire collabos on tracks “Real Talk”, “Rockstar”, “High Fashion”, “Ballin”, and several others breaking the entire venue into a jamfest along with many best selling artists, Pusha T, Lil Baby, Meek Mill, Lil Durk, Fivio Foreign and Bronx Baddy Cardi B lacing hot track “Shake It” on the festival stage.
Atlanta star Young Thug gave his presentation via satellite video while being detained under RICO charges, thanking his fans, friends and family for their support urging everyone to aid the Protect Black Art movement created by long-time music execs Kenny Liles and Julie Greenwald, bringing awareness to Black artists enabling freedom and form of expression through their music.
Though an inspirational moment, the most memorable was the tribute to New York’s “Drama King” DJ Kay Slay performed by NYC’s most prestigious artists paying homage to the late graffiti creator turned legendary DJ from Papoose, Busta Rhymes, Spliff Star, The Lox, Juelz Santana, Jim Jones, Rema Ma, Fat Joe and Maino all coming together honoring one of the greats that helped pave the way for Hip-Hop culture.
Closing the half decade production was New York’s own Fivio Foreign and entourage on an explosive performance to platinum smash hit “Big Drip” causing mass hysteria to throughout the coliseum. Under the grace of no heavy down pours, this showcase was a monstrous generation lineup of Hip-Hop heavyweights.