The HOT 97 SUMMER JAM has become a staple of hip-hop!!!
The annual summer festival sponsored by HOT 97 FM has always served as a barometer for the state of rap and R&B music.
Who can forget when JAY-Z surprised thousands by bringing MICHAEL JACKSON out on stage in 2001? It was a watershed moment that proved Jay-Z’s influence and shed light on Michael Jackson’s love for hip-hop culture. One year earlier, AALIYAH gave one of her final performances on the Summer Jam stage a few weeks before to her untimely passing. NAS brought out LAURYN HILL in 2012 during a time when Hill rarely made public appearances. The GAME denounced G-UNIT and threw his chain in the crowd during another shocking moment in 2005. And Jay-Z dissed Nas at his 2001 show which led to New York rap’s most noteworthy rivalry.
SUMMER JAM is billed as a show where surprises are expected because anything could happen.
ROLLING OUT Journalist A. R. SHAW reviews this year's event HOT 97 SUMMER JAM 2015: GREAT TALENT - BAD AUDIENCE BEHAVIOR.