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Summer Jam, the annual stadium concert thrown by New York rap-radio giant Hot 97, has been a tradition around the city since 1994, when its lineup included Arrested Development, SWV, and Black Moon. In the nearly 20 years since, the event has grown into a rap-scene circus that serves as an in-that-instant Polaroid of everything… More »

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Kendrick Lamar Finally Plays “King Kunta,” “The Blacker The Berry,” “Hood Politics” In Concert

When Kendrick Lamar played Sasquatch and Sweetlife last month, he made the frustrating decision to not do any To Pimp A Butterfly songs outside of “Alright,” but he course corrected during his Hot 97 Summer Jam set last night and kicked things off with “The Blacker The Berry,” performing it live for the first time. More »

By: James Rettig / June 8, 2015 - 11:38 am

New Jersey Police Clash With Concertgoers At Hot 97 Summer Jam

Every year, the New York radio station’s Hot 97 Summer Jam show is one of rap’s biggest events. Yesterday, the show once again came to New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium. But this time, things turned ugly when the New Jersey State Police clashed with people trying to get into the show. Around 7PM, possibly because of… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 8, 2015 - 8:59 am

Hot 97 Summer Jam Will Livestream On Tidal

Usually the annual Hot 97 Summer Jam concert is livestreamed for free on the Hot 97 website, but this year it will stream exclusively on Tidal, Jay-Z’s subscription-based music streaming service. More »

By: Grace Birnstengel / June 5, 2015 - 11:53 am

Kendrick Lamar To Headline Hot 97 Summer Jam 2015

With apologies to Atlanta’s Birthday Bash, New York radio station Hot 97’s annual Summer Jam show is still the gold standard for annual rap spectacles. Once a year, Hot 97 takes over New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium, bringing some of rap’s biggest stars and piling on the unexpected cameos and collaborations. (It’s famously the show where… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 31, 2015 - 9:14 am

Watch 50 Cent And G-Unit Reunite At Hot 97 Summer Jam

Last night, the New York rap-radio giant Hot 97 held its annual Summer Jam show, and it was as crammed with special guests as ever. During Nicki Minaj’s headlining set alone, she brought Lil Wayne, Drake, Young Thug, Soulja Boy, and Lil Herb to the stage, while the Roots got to play local hero, backing… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 2, 2014 - 1:07 pm