The annual Hot 97 Summer Jam 2010 delivered the heat last night (June 6) as it ushered in the season with a all-star lineup that included Drake, Trey Songz and Usher. But it was the surprise guests during DJ Khaled's set that received possibly the warmest -- and loudest -- welcome during the annual event at New Jersey's new Meadowlands Stadium.
Backed by a throng of over 100 people, the Miami mogul was the second to last performer, and kicked things off with "All I Do Is Win" alongside T-Pain and Busta Rhymes. "All I do is win, win, win, no matter what / Money on my mind, I could never get enough / and every time I step into the building, everybody's hands go up / and they stay there," Pain sang on the chorus as the entire complex waved hands in unison.
A Khaled performance wouldn't be complete without his brethren Rick Ross, who came on stage next with Ludacris for the "I'm So Hood" remix, followed by Busta's new track, "Stop The Party."
Ross took the reigns once again, with a medley of his single, "Super High," sans Ne-Yo, the "Angels" remix and his latest release, "Blowin' Money Fast (B.M.F.)." Fat Joe followed with his hit track, "Ha Ha (Slow Down Son)," receiving a big roar from the crowd.
At that point, the bass line from Shyne's "Bad Boyz" came on. And while wishful fans hoped the deported artist would appear on the stage, the legendary Barrington Levy was there in his absence for his part from the throwback anthem.
"You think I'm done, huh? Is Harlem in this motherfucker? Make some noise. New York City, drop that," Khaled commanded. The horns to Dipset's "I Really Mean It" blared from the speakers as Khaled paved the way for Harlem's Cam'ron, who was accompanied by U.N. member Vado and Dipset member Freaky Zeeky. The crew received the most thunderous screams as Cam'ron performed his verse from the track, and then passed the mic to Vado for their song, "Speaking Tungs."
A surprise Dipset reunion was said to take place that night, but integral member Jim Jones was allegedly not allowed in the venue by authorities.
Ross ended the set with his smash, "Hustlin'," before Khaled thanked the crowd for "showing so much love."
Another standout set of the night was Drake's, during which he gave shout-outs to his incarcerated labelhead, Lil Wayne, a number of times in between performing some of his own boppers for his first solo Summer Jam showcase.
After performing "Forever," Drake brought out Cash Money chief Baby for a performance of "4 My Town" and "Money To Blow" off the Birdman's "Pricele$$" album. "Summer Jam, I want you to make noise for the legendary, No. 1 Stunna, Birdman," Drake asked the hyped-up crowd.
"I been having a lot of first, like, this is my first solo Summer Jam," Drake said. "The other day I went to Rikers Island for the first time to visit my brother. I told him I was going to Summer Jam, and he said, 'do me a favor. Let's see if they can get loud enough at Summer Jam that I can hear them." The thumps of "Going In" came on and the entire field rapped along Wayne's verse.
Drake then brought out Nicki Minaj for "Bedrock," who then brought out Gyptian for the remix to "Hold Yuh." Nicki was the multitasker of the night, performing "My Chick Bad" with Ludacris, "All I Do Is Win" with Khaled and "Lil Freak" with Usher, for which she appropriately walked on stage hand-in-hand with Diddy's rumored girlfriend, Cassie, during her infamous line, "I'm plotting on how I can take Cassie away from Diddy."
"Let me say three things," Drake said at the end of his set while on his knees. "Young Money all motherfu**king day. Free Weezy all day, and my name is Aubrey Drake Graham, I'm a 23-year-old kid from Toronto, Canada. I was on a television show called 'Degrassi,' on which I was in a wheelchair, and without you guys I wouldn't be here today. My heart belongs to you. I'll always hold you down."
Trey Songz was also a highlight during this year's show, performing chart hits like "Invented Sex," "Neighbors Know My Name," and "Say Ahh," accompanied by Fabolous. During the latter, a shirtless Trey brought an excited young lady to the stage, poured water in her mouth and then planted a wet one right on her lips.
Usher, who came straight from London to perform, closed the show with tracks from his extensive catalog, including "Lil Freak" and this year's summer jam "OMG."
Ludacris performed oldies like "Stand Up," "Move Bitch" and "What's Your Fantasy," as well as his latest, "How Low." Gucci Mane, Maino, Juelz Santana and Reflection Eternal also performed during the show.