The Brooklyn MC served as the Summer Jam opener as he brought out Uncle Murda and an entourage that packed the stage while he ran through cuts like "Hi Hater," "All of the Above" and his remix of 2 Milly's "Milly Rock." Decked in a "Thriller In Manila" shirt that saluted the late boxing great Muhammad Ali, Maino also revealed it was his sixth time performing at Summer Jam and paid tribute to rap notables who have fallen like New York native Chinx Drugz.
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2. G.O.O.D. Music delivers greatness
Kanye West & Company exploded onto the MetLife stage with a performance of their latest posse cut off the forthcoming Cruel Winter set ('Ye debuted the song on Big Boy's Real 92.3 radio show on Friday and said there was still no title). Alongside Travis Scott, 2 Chainz, Big Sean, Pusha T and Desiigner, West -- whose headlining Governors Ball set was canceled hours before -- rocked the mic with his crew for hits like "Mercy," "All Me," "I Don't Like (Remix)" and "Clique."
Each G.O.O.D. Music rep had a chance to work the spotlight solo as 'Ye performed his Life of Pablo cuts "Famous" and "Father Stretch My Hands, Pt. 1" (for the latter, he apologized for rapping his verse earlier than he was supposed to over the backing instrumental) while 2 Chainz performed "Watch Out"; Travis Scott zipped through "Antidote," "Upper Echelon" and his new track "Pick Up The Phone" (collaborator Young Thug didn't come out nor perform despite being on the Summer Jam lineup); Big Sean led the crowd into "IDFWU"; Pusha T threw it back to Clipse's "Grindin" as the roster's newest addition Desiigner wrapped with a high-octane performance of his chart-topper "Panda."
3. Bryson Tiller sings the blues
Despite the title of his platinum major label debut Trapsoul (via RCA Records), the Louisville-bred crooner started off with the fiery sh-t-talking tracks "Sorry Not Sorry" and "502 Come Up," followed by a cameo from his remix collaborator Fabolous. The singer, also known as Pen Griffey, then slowed down the tempo with more in-your-feels numbers like "Exchange" and "Don't." He also accompanied his performance with footage of his hometown hero, Muhammad Ali, on the jumbo screen behind him.
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4. Fat Joe and Remy Ma unite
Bronx showed out for Hot 97's Summer Jam with a set courtesy of the Terror Squad's leading tandem. With no thunderstorm in sight, the '90s/2000s felt like home as Joey Crack performed "Made It Rain" and as Remy Ma pumped out her hits like "Conceited" and "Whuteva." The stadium erupted when the pair -- currently working on their forthcoming joint project Platas o Plomo -- brought back the "Ante Up" remix, the late Big Pun's "Still Not a Player" with singer Joe and his Fat Joe collabo "Twinz," "What's Luv" with a special assist from Ashanti and the eternal dance magnet "Lean Back." They also carved out set time for a special salute to Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac. For the finale, an Asian-infused video intro and a bevy of dabbing dancers in geisha attire came out as Joe and Remy delivered their power anthem "All The Way Up." Sadly, Brooklynite Jay Z did not show face for the remix.?
5. A$AP Mob returns
Following a slight delay caused by a minor brawl that involved flying chairs in the general audience area, the stadium lights shone bright for A$AP Rocky, A$AP Ferg and the Mob as they represented New York. From "Shabba Ranks" to "F--kin' Problems" and Ferg's "New Level," the Harlemites even recruited a group of strippers to help shake up their set.
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6. DJ Khaled blesses the stage
The "Major Key" holder drove from Philadelphia, where he fulfilled his duty as opening act for Beyonce's Formation tour, to East Rutherford to close out Summer Jam. As with any DJ Khaled bash, there was no shortage of special guests as Rick Ross, Yo Gotti, O.T. Genasis, Busta Rhymes, M.O.P., the LOX, Kent Jones and Mavado each took the stage for a stacked medley of hits (see: "Pop That," "Down In The DM," "Cut It" and "Ante Up") for a fraction of what the We The Best CEO had planned. "I had More!!!!," he told a fan on Twitter. Eventually, the Snapchat connoisseur went shirtless, ending the night with a festival all his own.