Sunday, June 7, 2009

Summer Jam: Surprises should make this show one of the best

When I first heard the lineup for Hot 97's Summer Jam concert, I wasn't impressed.

But thinking about the surprises that are possible for this show, you have to be excited.

I got my money on Jay-Z being the biggest surprise of the night.  I think he'll join Mary J. Blige for "Can't Knock the Hustle." Not to mention, everyone is talking about his latest song, "Death of Autotune (D.O.A.)," which is slated to be on his upcoming album, "The Blueprint 3." In the song, produced by Kanye West and No ID, Jay makes it clear he's not feeling the Autotune voice enhancement tool used by several artists (notably T-Pain, Lil' Wayne and Ron Browz).

"I know we facing a recession, but the music y'all makin' gonna make it the great depression," Jay spits on the track.

Check out the song below:

Next to Jay, I think the biggest pop of the night will come courtesy of up and coming rapper, Drake.  

His single, "Best I Ever Had," is easily one of the biggest songs out right now.  You know more than 50,000 in Giants Stadium will be ready to sing-along with one of Hot 97's most played songs.

When I spoke to Hot 97 radio personality Cipha Sounds recently, he guaranteed multiple surprises. He said Drake was also one of the artists that people are constantly asking about. How could Hot 97 NOT put this man on the show!? (Click here to read the Summer Jam preview article feat. Cipha Sounds)

"The artists all do their best to bring out surprise guests," he said during a recent interview. "That's definitely a staple of Summer Jam. You never know what you're going to get."

The scheduled lineup for tonight's show includes Mary J. Blige, Jadakiss, T-Pain, The-Dream, Jim Jones, Juelz Santana, Pleasure P, and reggae artists, Mavado, Serani and Elephant Man.

Other notable surprise appearances will likely be Sheek Louch and Styles P, who will join their D-Block group leader, Jadakiss, on stage. R&B singers Jazmine Sullivan, Ne-Yo and Faith Evans may also join Jada. All three are featured on his latest album, "The Last Kiss."  (Sullivan on "Smoking Gun;" Ne-Yo on "By My Side;" and Faith on "Letter to B.I.G.") Lastly, I'm sure the always energetic Busta Rhymes will set the Summer Jam stage on fire when he joins Kiss to perform "Respect My Conglomerate," also on "The Last Kiss." Jada's set will probably be one of the best of the night.

T-Pain and The-Dream will probably take the awards for bringing out the most surprises.  Between the two of them they have done songs with nearly everyone in hip-hop. Maino will join T-Pain for "All the Above," and I'm sure Fabolous will pop out to perform "Throw It in the Bag" with The-Dream. However, I'm not too sure that we can expect surprise appearances from Kanye West and Mariah Carey, who were featured on The-Dream's latest album, "Love vs. Money." But who knows, anything can happen.

Another surprise that people have been talking about is if Cam'ron is going to join his former DipSet members -- Jim Jones and Juelz Santana -- on the Summer Jam stage. I would say if you want to make a statement, Summer Jam is the place to do it.  So why not?  Cam'ron's new album, "Crime Pays," hasn't made much noise, so he really needs this cameo appearance more than anyone.

The festivities start at 3 p.m. today with a pre-show festival featuring performances from Ron Browz ("Arab Money," "Jumpin Out the Windows," etc.), Asher Roth ("I Love College"), DJ Webstar ("Dancing on Me," "Chicken Noodle Soup") and GS Boyz ("Stanky Leg").

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