Video: Hot 97 Summer Jam 2012
Hot 97's Summer Jam concert is the most unpredictable event in hip-hop, but a member of the Mass Appeal squad consistently attends every year. Where does this year's concert rank?
Hot 97 Summer Jam 2012 had some significant moments to remember. I’ve been attending Summer Jam for the past 14 years and this year’s show was incredible. The performance of “Mercy” by Big Sean, Pusha T and 2 Chainz kicked off a sequence of performances that were outstanding in their own right. Then NaS took the stage, capping off the night as the most memorable moment for me. I remember when, way back, Hot 97 had problems with Nas. He had planned a mock lynching of Jay-Z on stage but Hot wasn’t havin’ it. Time has apparently healed all wounds, and the Queensbridge don went in and bridged the gap that grew in the 10 years since he was booked as the headliner. Nas’ big surprise this year was Lauryn Hill. Ms. Hill rocked the mic to “If I Ruled The World,” “Lost Ones,” and “Ready Or Not.”
The collaborative energy of Summer Jam rocked on when French Montana, Wale, and Harlem’s own Ma$e performed the remix to “Slight Work.” M.M.G. ending the show was yet another surprise. Nicki Minaj was scheduled to end the event, but got cold feet on the heels of Peter Rosenberg’s critical thoughts on the rapping blow up doll’s participation inside of the event. So Young Money boss Lil Wayne yanked Minaj and the entire roster of YMCMB artists from the concert at the very last minute. Funk Flex got involved, throwing hot grease on the situation, riding for his man Rosenberg.
Hot 97 Summer Jam 2012 continues to make history. As for what will happen next year, it’s best we not try to predict that.