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Young Jeezy Brings Out Jay-Z, While Cam’ron Is A No Show At Summer Jam ’09 [With Exclusive Video]

Although Cam’ron didn’t reunite with Dipset on stage as everyone had hoped, another New York superstar still made the final Summer Jam at Giants Stadium on Sunday (June 7) a night to remember. Jay-Z proved to be the biggest surprise of the night, as he performed “D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune)” standing shoulder to shoulder with T-Pain. [Watch Below]

The moment came midway through Young Jeezy’s performance, which included street classics like “My Hood,” “Go Crazy” and “Trap Star.” Referring to Summer Jam’s penchant for unannounced guests, Jeezy shouted, “This is Summer Jam isn’t it?” and then brought out Drake to perform “Best I Ever Had.” [Watch Here]. Following the Toronto newbie, Jay-Z walked out and had the stadium in a frenzy when he spit his verse on Jeezy’s “Put On (Remix).” Dressed in all black, Hov followed with his lyrical eulogy to Auto-Tune, “D.O.A.,” which debuted on Hot 97 two days prior to the show. At one point, Jay pantomimed the sign of the cross while requesting a moment of silence.

Of course, Summer Jam wouldn’t be Summer Jam without the surprises. Kicking off the show were Day 26, Pleasure P, reggae artists Serani and Mavado, and The-Dream, who brought Fabolous out to perform their recent collaboration, “Throw it in the Bag.”

Flanked by fellow D-Block members Styles P and Sheek Louch, Jadakiss performed a grimy catalog that included “D-Block Anthem,” “By Your Side” and “Knock Yourself Out.” He brought out R&B newcomer Jeremih for “Birthday Sex.” And then an all-red garbed Busta Rhymes interrupted the L.O.X. set with “Respect My Conglomerate.” After a brief Notorious B.I.G. tribute, ’Kiss culminated with “Who’s Real,” alongside Swizz Beatz, who proclaimed, “The Ruff Ryder movement will be back in 2010!”

Mary J. Blige performed next, backed by a full band and backup singers and dressed in all black with multiple gold chains. The Queen of Hip-Hop Soul belted through hits from her classic LP My Life (“I’m the Only Woman,” “Real Love”), as well as favorites like “Love is All We Need” and “Everyday it Rains.” Blige broke up her set with “All I Need” alongside surprise act Method Man, who then ushered in Redman to perform “Ayo” and “Da Rockwilder.” “Because of you I’m the most valuable player in the game,” said Blige, before launching into her “Hate it or Love It (Remix)” and capping with “Just Fine.”

Right after Jay-Z declared Auto-Tune dead, T-Pain ironically resurrected it with a set that consisted mostly of him rapping, and dancing with a mime on stage. He interspersed his own catchy singles (“Buy You A Drank,” “I Can’t Believe It”) with his cameos (“Good Life,” “Shawty,” “Low”) and brought out two guests—Maino for “All the Above,” and Lil’ Kim for “Lighters Up” and “Download.” Acknowledging the crowd’s lukewarm reception, T-Pain exclaimed, “Even if you don’t like my shit, thanks for sitting through my boring ass shows.” DJ Khaled and Ace Hood helped Pain close out with “Out Here Grinding,” “Overtime,” “I’m So Hood” and “Go Hard.”

When Jim Jones finally hit the stage as the final act after four hours of performances, the crowd stood in anticipation for a potential Cam’ron sighting. Instead, the Capo rocked with Juelz Santana, who performed a few minutes of “S.A.N.T.A.N.A.,” “Oh Boy” and “Hey Ma.” Jim Jones also took shots at Jay-Z for the “D.O.A.” concept, stating, “I heard my man Auto-Tune got killed. Is this a fuckin’ funeral or we came to party?”

With no sign of Cam’ron, Giants Stadium began filing out. But Jim still left room for his departed brethren: “We here and we love Cam,” he said before playing Cam’s “Touch it Or Not” in tribute. [Watch Here]. Jones ended with surprise guests Soulja Boy (“Turn My Swag on”), Ryan Leslie (“Precious”) and the finisher, Ron Browz, who aided with “Pop Champagne” and ”Dancing on Me.” Jones closed with his biggest hit, “We Fly High.” – Clover Hope

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