Chris Brown, Migos, French Montana and More Take the Stage at 2017 Summer Jam
And just like that, another epic set of performances has entered the expansive pantheon of memorable Summer Jam concerts. Thanks to a combination of dynamic showmanship and interactive sets from artists like Chris Brown, French Montana, Remy Ma, Fat Joe, Desiigner and more, 2017 Summer Jam lived up to the hype and then some.
First to take the stage at the lively Hot 97-hosted event was Jidenna, who opened things up with a spirited performance of "Long Live Chief," a fan favorite from his debut album, The Chief. Up next was Brooklyn native Desiigner, who commanded he stage with his typically hyperactive showmanship. He actually spent most of his time performing among the crowd, where he also turned in an energetic performance of "Panda," the track that quickly put him on the fast track to stardom last year.
From there, the show kept it New York when Joey Bada$$ hit the stage. Joey didn't disappoint as he wowed the crowd with his penchant for tight flows before bringing out the legendary Mobb Deep to perform alongside him in a tribute to old school hip-hop. We expect nothing less from Joey, who's got a knack for keeping it real at all times.
After Joey's exhibition, it was time for Konshens and Charly Black, who brought out reggae legend Shaggy to perform a dope rendition of “Gyal You a Party Animal.” Fire.
Carrying the torch from Konshens and Black was none-other-than Tory Lanez and then Fat Joe. Joey Crack brought back the good mid-2000s vibes with performances of "What's Love" and "Lean Back," transporting the audience to the summer of 2004 in the process. Nothing like a good throwback.
Of course, Joey hitting the stage meant that Remy would soon be joining him for the action. She did, and once there, the groundwork for what would should soon become the stuff of legends was set. After performing "All the Way Up" with Joe, Remy invited a host of female rappers including Young M.A, Queen Latifah, Cardi B, Lil Kim, Lady of Rage, MC Lyte, Monie Love and Rah Digga in a show of solidarity for the feminine side of hip-hop. Latifah led the group in a new live rendition of her hit single, "U.N.I.T.Y."
From there, Remy launched into a tour de force of savagery, projecting images of Nicki Minaj and memes with her as the focus onto the Summer Jam screen before launching into a searing live performance of "Shether." It's already safe to say this one's going in the history books.
After Remy's soon-to-be-considered legendary performance, her fellow Bronx representer French Montana took the stage to perform hits like "Ain't Worried Bout Nothin." Bringing things to the next level, French had fellow New Yorkers A$AP Rocky and Juelz Santana onstage to perform the track along with him.
The great Trey Songz was next to materialize onto the stage, and after him it was 2016 XXL Freshman Dave East. In a touching moment, the Harlem native brought his mother onto the Summer Jam stage during his performance.
The legendary Funkmaster Flex was up to bat next, and he definitely did his part to keep the show going strong. During his set, the popular radio personality had folks like Fat Man Scoop, Casanova, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Juelz Santana, Fetty Wap, Meek Mill and Tory Lanez join him on stage.
After Flex and his cavalcade of rap game luminaries left the stage, it was time for the irrepressible DJ Khaled to make his presence known—but first, he handled that responsibility for Quavo, Offset and Takeoff when he introduced Migos to the Summer Jam audience. The continually ascending Atlanta rap trio performed "Deadz" and eventually summoned 2 Chainz to the stage to perform his Quavo-assisted hit single, "Good Drank," for the enthusiastic crowd. After that, Khaled made his return to the stage and performed myriad hits from his reign as a Billboard chart mainstay.
Khaled and Quavo left the stage to make way for the incomparable C. Breezy, who energized the Summer Jam audience with performances of hit singles like “Party” and “Post to Be." Adding gasoline to what was already a crazy performance, Breezy brought Playboi Carti onstage to perform his hit single, "Magnolia" for everyone on the crowd, and obviously, a Milly Rocking session ensued.
In yet another nostalgia-inducing move, C. Breezy brought DMX onto the stage to perform his hit "Ruff Ryders Anthem," sending the crowd into an even bigger frenzy than before.
Capping the night off was Faith Evans, Lil Cease, Total, 112 and Mase, along with Jadakiss, The Lox, Lil Kim and Bone Thugs in Harmony, who all took the stage to pay tribute to the late, great Notorious B.I.G., who died tragically just over 20 years ago. With a speech from Dougie Fresh preceding the performance, it was a dope moment for hip-hop. Collectively, so was the 2017 Summer Jam.
Peep videos from the event below.
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