Hot 97's Summer Jam is like the Super Bowl of all hip-hop concerts.
It's an annual concert at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. featuring all the biggest names in hip-hop. This year the slogan is, "Hot 97 is saving the world from wack concerts." What is that supposed to mean? I hope that isn't a shot at rival radio station Power 105? The "other" New York hip-hop radio station has been putting on some pretty decent on R&B concerts lately at BB Kings. Could they be referring to those shows?
Nonetheless, today was the big announcement day. Angie Martinez and the rest of the Hot 97 personalities announced a pretty "okay" lineup for June 7 show.
Without dragging it out like they did on the radio today, the artists are:
Mary J. Blige
Also scheduled are reggae artists: Elephant Man, Serani and Movado
The Hot 97 Web site also says Pleasure P is on the lineup, even though I don't recall him being announced on the radio today.
In addition, Summer Jam will be hosted by comedian Tracey Morgan
My only real problem with the show is Mary J. Blige, believe it or not.
While I think it's pretty big they got Mary J. Blige on the show, does she really have anything new out?? Not that I know of. I guess we'll have to sit through her classic hits and she does have a lot. I guess it will be kinda hot to have Mary at Summer Jam, but we could have swapped her with someone who actually has current songs -- maybe Keyshia Cole? Or even Keri Hilson? Last year, Alicia Keys performed at Summer Jam and she brought out Maino and members of the Wu-Tang Clan. I'm sure Mary will be bringing out some folks as well. Maybe she'll bring out Jay-Z for "Can't Knock the Hustle." [Okay, probably not...but it was a nice thought for a second.]
Of course Hot 97 has to do it big for the reggae artists. So I'm not really mad at that trio of reggae acts. Even though one would have probably been enough, in my opinion. But in Hot 97's defense, these three guys have some of the biggest songs in New York right now: Elephant Man, "Sweep"; Movado, "So Special"; Serani, "No Games." Ok, I'm hyped now! Glad they got all three and not just one. LOL!
And why put this former Pretty Ricky singer on the show? Pleasure P is getting some airplay with his single, "Boyfriend #2," but the song isn't really hot. Let's give him the boot and replace him with R&B singer/beat-maker Ryan Leslie!! R-Les got enough popular songs to fill a 15-20 minute set.
I guess the only other issue is that nothing on this lineup really stands out to me. Jadakiss is without question the biggest artist out in New York right now. So I'm guessing he's the headliner. Last year's concert was headlined by Kanye West and Lil' Wayne. It was a pretty good show.
I think the key to this show is the special guest appearances. I'm sure Ron Browz will "Pop Champagne" with Jim Jones on stage. And they'll probably bring out their fellow Harlem head, Webstar for "Dancing on Me." And who knows maybe Jones will bring out Kid Cudi for "Day and Night."
T-Pain will hopefully "Blame It On the Alcohol" with Young Joc and Jamie Foxx, who in my opinion should have a spot on the show. And since the show is in the tri-state area, Maino should be around to come out for "All of the Above."
And although the lineup was announced today, I wouldn't be surprised if Hot 97 starts adding more names to pump up the ticket sales.
What do you think about the lineup?? Who you add to hip-hop's biggest night? Who would you take off??