DJ Khaled’s Star-Studded Set Shuts Down Summer Jam 2010

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If the unofficial slogan of Hot 97’s annual Summer Jam concert is “expect the unexpected,” then this year’s concert may be remembered by hip-hop fans as one of the most shocking editions of the mega show’s history, because it went almost exactly according to plan. Summer Jam’s memorable past has spoiled fans, who now expect to be astonished by surprise guest appearances and iconic moments. Yet last night’s (June 6) show at New Jersey’s New Meadowlands Stadium felt incomplete when it ended without a signature “Oh, my God” occurrence.

Absent from the lineup were heavy hitters like Kanye West, Lil Wayne, and Summer Jam king Jay-Z, as hip-hop relinquished the limelight to R&B for the night—specifically headliner Usher. Despite a lineup that included Dirty South veteran Ludacris and NYC favorites Fabolous and Juelz Santana, hip-hop took a backseat to Mr. Raymond and fellow crooner Trey Songz, whose sensual showmanship arguably upstaged frequent collaborator Drake.

Ignoring the buzz surrounding the leak of his debut album, Thank Me Later, Drizzy chose to stick with his originally scheduled program (which included hits “Forever” and “Over”), and performing no new material from the highly anticipated disc which will officially release on June 15. The Toronto MC did however provide an update on the status of his currently incarcerated Young Money boss Lil Wayne, who is serving a one-year term for gun possession on New York’s Rikers Island.

“I finally got a chance to talk to my brother,” he told the crowd as they exploded at the mere mention of their jailed hero. “I looked in his eyes, and he misses y’all.” As a token of their love, the May XXL cover boy requested that the crowd join him in reciting Weezy’s verse from the mixtape hit “I’m Goin’ In” loud enough that the caged lion could hear them from his cell across the river.

Although his tribute to Wayne combined with the appearances of Cash Money CEO Baby (“4 My Town,” “Money to Blow”) and hip-hop’s current first lady Nicki Minaj (“Bedrock,” and an a capella rendition of her verse from Thank Me Later’s “Up All Night”) made the newcomer’s first solo Summer Jam performance memorable. The most exhilarating moment of the night, however, came as Ludacris’ set was winding down and Miami’s DJ Khaled took over, parading out a who’s who of past collaborators.

The Def Jam South president was joined by everyone from Fat Joe—who performed his street smash “Ha Ha (Slow Down),” sans the noticeably absent trap star Jeezy—to the ageless Busta Rhymes, who spit a verse from the Swizz Beatz-produced “Stop the Party” that put to rest any doubts that he still had it.

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  • Capostatus

    fuck all southern country rappers and dj’s. Jay-Z owns summer jam.

    • Ant-B

      damn! everytime i get on here this bitch ass nigga CAPOSTATUS always has something to say bout da west or da south.. eat a dick! WE IN THIS BITCH, WE TOOK THIS BITCH YOU CALL HIP HOP AND WE FUCKING DA DA HELL OUT DIS BITCH, WHEN WE WANNA GIVE IT BACK WE WILL! YOU MIGHT WANNA COME FUCK WIT US LIKE JAY, DIPSET, BUSTA, FAB, OR WHO IS STILL MOVING UNITS DOING

    • Tiara

      yah ok… all in all they are all the same and their all good rappers

  • http://xxlmag.com yunggee

    damn. dat shit sound like it was wack … hope talib held it down.. dats da only set i wud’ve wanted 2 c…

  • http://www.jamal7mile.blogspot.com Jamal7Mile

    @The board,

    Hey, did anyone attend this show? I doesn’t sound like it was the best Summer Jam ever to me. Was it a really, really good show?

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  • http://akldf.com MARCY

    Nas shouldve shown up

  • Ant-B

    Where’s T.I.P.?

  • CoupDeLa

    Very well written sir. No Guru tribute? eh. I wish I was there to go ham to Wocka’s shit.

  • gift

    CAPOSTATUS IS FULL OF BITCHASSNESS!!!!THIS NIGGA IS A LOSER WHO HAS NOTHING BETTER TO DO THAN TALK SHIT ABOUT THE WEST AND SOUTH. NIGGA PROBABLY MADD BECAUSE HE’S A WACK EAST COAST NIGGA THAT NEVER MADE IT IN THE GAME. I GOT LOVE FOR NIGGAS OUT NORTH, DON’T GET ME WRONG, BUT WHEN A NIGGA COME WIT SOME IGNORANT SHIT LIKE WAT ASSHOLESTATUS IS TALKIN, THAT’S WHEN IT’S TIME TO CALL IT LIKE I SEE IT, AND I SEE PUSSY IN THIS NIGGAS DNA!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Aint nothin wrong with the south other than the fact that there is a lot of garbage comin out of it as of late, rick ross, khaled,pitbull,wacka whatever his name is,gucci mane,flo rida,plies and all that dance bullshit.its really startin to give good rap a bad name.i cant wait till these sorry rappers i named go the fuck away.ti, luda,ugk,geto boys and scarface,outkast,chamillionaire,jeezy,slim thug and all the real rappers from the south they can keep bringin the heat, but all the other bullshit needs to stop.

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