Alicia Keys, Kanye West, Lil Wayne and T-Pain starred, while LL Cool J, Wu Tang Clan members Raekwon, Ghostface Killah and Method Man and DJ Khaled made surprise appearances yesterday (June 1) at New York radio station Hot 97's annual Summer Jam at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.
Surprise guests performers Jim Jones and Juelz Santana closed the event, but Rihanna, who was originally on the bill, was a no-show. Instead, she was attending the MTV Movie Awards in Los Angeles.
The Wu members were an intriguing complement to Keys' set, taking the stage in between her songs "Like You'll Never See Me Again" and "No One" to perform "C.R.E.A.M.," "Ice Cream" and "M.E.T.H.O.D. Man." As has become his calling card during recent Wu-Tang Clan shows, Method Man jumped off the stage and into the audience during the performance.
Decked out in an all-black outfit, West dropped his voice low for "Get Em High," brought out Young Jeezy (wearing a "F*ck Bush" t-shirt) for "Put On," gave rapper Consequence the spotlight for "The Good, The Bad, The Ugly" and closed with "Stronger" and "Good Life" featuring T-Pain, as fireworks exploded throughout the stadium.
Lil Wayne received roars of applause when he removed his shirt before his 2006 hit "Fireman," but his guitar work on "My Leather So Soft" fell on deaf ears. Shawty Lo guested on "Dey Know," while West joined him for the remix to the No. 1 Hot 100 hit "Lollipop" to close the set.
Sheek Louch, Styles P and Jadakiss regrouped for a D-Block set, performing "We Gon' Make It," "Blow Your Mind" and "Good Love," while Kid Capri handled the turntables. They were eventually joined by Fat Joe, Swizz Beatz, Capone-N-Noreaga, Red Cafe, Fabolous and LL Cool J, the latter of whom enjoyed a standing ovation from the crowd. LL Cool J ended the set by warning, "A lot of people have been sleeping, but ya'll gonna wake up this year, watch," after performing his hit "Headsprung."
DJ Khaled and Rick Ross enlivened T-Pain's set, joining for their hit "I'm So Hood." They were then accompanied by newly signed Def Jam artist Ace Hood for his single, "Cash Flow," and then Akon for "We Takin' Over" and "Bartender."
As the day turned to night, Public Enemy offered up classics like "Don't Believe The Hype" and "Fight The Power," among others. Flavor Flav dedicated the performance to "all the loved ones we've lost and all my brothers and sisters that are locked up." Also performing throughout the day were Ray J and Yung Berg and the-Dream.