Kendrick Lamar, Meek Mill, Lil Wayne and More Perform at 2018 Hot 97 Summer Jam
Hot 97 Summer Jam took place again on Sunday night (June 10) and was filled with memorable moments and iconic performances from some of hip-hop's greatest.
Just about a month and a half removed from being released from Pennsylvania State Correctional Institution for violating his probation, Meek Mill made his triumphant return to Rutherford, N.J.'s MetLife Stadium.
Riding one of his beloved four wheelers onto the stage, the Philadelphia artist opened things up with one of his typically energetic performances of his 2012 classic, "Dreams and Nightmares." From there, he jumped into his Rick Ross assisted 2010 single, "I'm a Boss," beginning what would ultimately prove to be the most memorable set in a night filled with them.
Before the MMG artist brought down the house, several other rap game luminaries rocked the Summer Jam crowd. Kicking off the stadium part of the festival was Rich The Kid, who turned in performances of his The World Is Yours tracks "Plug Walk" and his Kendrick Lamar-featuring hit, "New Freezer." He also made some time to bring Jay Critch onto the stage, making the set a hometown affair.
Keeping things in NYC, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie was next to take the wheel, opening up by performing his verse on 6ix9ine's Fetty Wap-featuring single, "KeKe." After performing tracks like "Drowning" and his portion of he and Fabolous' "Wild Thoughts (Remix)," Boogie eventually made some time to bring his fellow Bronx-dweller, Don Q, onto the stage to perform. PnB Rock pulled up, too.
Next up was Remy Ma, who worked the crowd from beginning to end. To start things off, she performed her part of M.O.P.'s classic "Ante Up (Remix)." She sounded just as hungry today as she did the day she recorded the verse from the track 18 years ago. After performing her verse from Fat Joe's "Lean Back," she eventually performed "All the Way Up" with Joey Crack. She even made some time to bring out Lil Kim so the two of them could perform their 2017 joint single, "Wake Me Up."
Keeping with the very New York-centric vibes of the night, A$AP Ferg was next up, surfacing on the stage after A Boogie returned to deliver more heat for fans. Over the course of his set, Ferg ran through tracks like "East Coast" and "Plain Jane" before making way for the North.
Rapping Toronto, Tory Lanez was next to energize the crowd. Over the course of about 20 minutes, Lanez performed his verse from Meek Mill's "Litty" before jumping into tracks like "Luv" and "Say It."
Fresh off securing his severing himself from a reportedly problematic contract with Cash Money Records, Lil Wayne was next to jump onto the stadium stage at the 2018 Summer Jam. Appropriately enough, Weezy started things off with "Mr. Carter," which is, of course, a cut from Tha Carter III. That particular LP turned 10 on Sunday, also provided fans with timeless tunes like "Lollipop" and "A Milli." Tunechi performed both tracks during his set, celebrating his defining album in front of thousands of fans.
In another interesting bit from the concert, Swizz Beatz stormed the stage and gave the audience a serious jolt of energy. Over the course of his performance, Swizzy brought out everyone from Jadakiss and Styles P to Bel Biv Devoe as he brought an already upbeat atmosphere to new levels. For their part, Jada and Styles performed "We Gonna Make It," while BBD took us back to 1990 by performing "Poison."
As if that weren't enough, Swizzy eventually brought Timbaland out, and the two quickly delivered a live beat battle that saw both super producers playing tracks from their catalog of classics. One moment Swizz would play Jay-Z's "On to the Next One." The next, Timbo would play "Big Pimpin'." If you recall, the two had discussed engaging in a beat battle last summer. Here's to hoping we get a more full-fledged beat battle in the near future.
Taking the baton from Swizz and Timbo was Kendrick Lamar, who took a break from TDE's Championship Tour to body a performance at this year's Summer Jam. Wasting no time, K. Dot opened things up with "DNA" before jumping into songs like "Element," "Backseat Freestyle" and more. Before too long, Kung Fu Kenny also made time to bring out Jay Rock as the two performed the rapper's first Redemption single, "King's Dead."
Check out some of the best moments from Hot 97's 2018 Summer Jam for yourself below.
See Meek Mill, Lil Wayne and More Perform at Hot 97's 2018 Summer Jam