10 Performances We Want at Hot 97’s Summer Jam 2013
Every year, Hot 97's Summer Jam concert is held to a higher expectation. With the celebration of the event's 20th year, June 2 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., is sure to be one of the most memorable in hip-hop history. After all, Summer Jam performers have a track record for doing the unexpected -- no one can forget Jay-Z bringing out Michael Jackson in 2001.
Which surprise artists will show up, who will perform an unpredictable set and who will showcase the biggest surprise of the night? These are just some of the questions fans want answers to, but they'll have to wait until this Sunday to see what happens.
If you close your eyes and ask for one wish when it comes to a monumental performance on that Summer Jam stage, what would it be? You never know what can happen, considering previous years have always been nothing short of amazing. Here's 10 Performances We Want at Hot 97’s Summer Jam 2013.
Imagine coming out of a DJ set and all you hear is the signature bark of DMX. Then the next thing you know, the beat comes on and the rapper comes out and begins the hook of the 'Ruff Ryder’s Anthem.' This is followed by Drag-On, Eve and the LOX taking the stage to join him in one of the biggest hip-hop hits of all time. That stadium would shake as the reunion would bring back great memories.
These three are legends in the art of turntablism. For a true hip-hop fan, wouldn’t it be crazy if Kid Capri, Funkmaster Flex and Mister Cee competed in a short DJ battle? They'd pull out the vinyl and show off their best skills and, more importantly, play the biggest hits. They say competition can bring the best out of you, and imagine the possibilities in this. Plus, the opportunities to bring out some rap and R&B legends during their sets would be a great way to keep the crowd's energy at an insane level.
There's no question that fans would love to see G-Unit onstage at some point this year. But what if Game came out during a surprise appearance from G-Unit and did 'How We Do' together? Young Buck could also come out, squashing the beef between him and 50 Cent, all in an effort to have the infamous crew perform smashes like 'Wanna Get to Know You,' 'My Buddy' and 'Poppin' Them Thangs' one more time.
He may not be the hottest rapper right now, or even in the last 10 to 15 years, but put Busta Rhymes out there to run through his catalog, and that crowd will undoubtedly be happily tired at the end of his set. As one of the most energetic performers of all time, it would be pretty cool to see A Tribe Called Quest join him for a live version of 'Scenario.'
Last year we saw Lauryn Hill hit the Summer Jam stage, but wouldn’t it be great to see the Fugees perform together, even if it's for one last time? A show like this would be reminiscent of the mid-'90’s flavor and add a great memory to the 20th anniversary of the show.
Everybody deserves a second chance, right? Well, how about Nicki Minaj surprising the crowd with an appearance at the same concert she ditched just a year ago. To see her with some of her peers, embracing her hip-hop roots would be good for her and the crowd. This moment could very well happen after her Hot 97 interview with Ebro and Peter Rosenberg earlier this week.
Chris Brown may have ruined this chance recently with his return to ex-girlfriend (at least for now,) but a joint performance of ‘Nobody’s Business,’ off the Bajan singer's 'Unapologetic' LP, would send fans into hysterics. Plus, with her song ‘Pour it Up’ being one of the biggest tracks of the year, and Brown's 'Fine China' burning up the charts, just imagine the entire stadium singing the words to each. It would be a pretty special moment.
The possibilities are unlimited with the guests that can come out during Kendrick Lamar’s set this year. What else would be cooler than some of the best of the West Coast performing a medley of the biggest hits together on one stage. Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg can perform some of their classics from ‘Chronic’ and ‘Doggystyle,’ respectively. Too $hort would do ‘Blow the Whistle,’ Warren G could rap through ‘Regulate’ and E-40 would get hyphy and ghostride the whip. It could make for a pretty cool moment.
Nothing would be more special than to see the Roc-A-Fella crew together again. Jay-Z, Memphis Bleek, Kanye West, Freeway, Beanie Sigel, Young Gunz, Peedi Crakk and the rest of the crew could run off their catalog as the crowd raps every word. And in a big surprise, Dame Dash comes out and does his signature dance with the same team he entered the music industry with.
In a world where a holographic version of ODB and Eazy-E are booked to headline Rock the Bells this year, imagine a moment with the commission onstage and having Biggie in a new form. The buzz would be incredible and witnessing the stadium rap the words to the Brooklyn’s Finest's hits would be one of, if not the best, moments in Summer Jam history.