EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (PIX11)—The biggest names in music converged on the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, New Jersey Sunday for Hot 97's annual Summer Jam concert.
Chock-full of hip hop's finest, the monster-sized show included performances from Lil Wayne, Chris Brown, Rick Ross, Whiz Kalifah, Waka Flocka and Dipset to name a few. Although many members from the Young Money crew were on hand including the golden child Drake, the recently crowned 'First Lady of Hip Hip' Nicki Minaj was no where to be found.
Summer Jam newcomers Whiz Kalifah and Waka Flocka kicked off the show with the chart toppers that put them on the map in the past year. Kalifah's "Black and Yellow" capped off a strong set which was followed by Flocka who declared "It's a party, it's a party, it's a party," and that's what it was indeed.
Next up was Brooklyn's own Fabolous who succeeded in killin 'em, spitting out some of his biggest hits. Fab warmed up the stage for G-Unit's Lloyd Banks who was later joined by the legendary Mobb Deep, who came out for "Shook Ones" and "Quiet Storm."
R&B superstar Chris Brown soon took to the stage where he sang a few tracks from his number one album "F.A.M.E." He closed his set with the tongue twisting smash "Look At Me Now" where he was joined by Busta Rhymes who sang his explosive verse many are still trying to decipher. Although he was in the house, Weezy was absent from "Look," adding much anticipation to his own set much later in the night.
After a predictable set from Dipset, Lil' Wayne finally took to the stage, bringing the crowd at the new Meadowlands arena to its feet. Weezy didn't give the crowd enough time to catch their breath, bringing a slew of surprise (and not so much) guests to the stage which included Lloyd, Cory Gunz, Drake, DJ Khaled, Ace Hood, Lil Twist. It wasn't immediately clear why Nicki Minaj was a no-show.
The Teflon Don himself Rick Ross - rocking an open Hawaiian styled shirt with his big ol' tattooed belly exposed - later joined Wayne's crew on stage. As expected Ricky blessed the crowd with "MC Hammer," "B.M.F," and "600 Benz." Diddy and Jadakiss also made it to the stage at some point during the show's final performance.
An estimated 60,000 people were in attendance at Sunday's sold-out show which has received mixed reviews.