If last night's Summer Jam was a magic eight-ball, I think it just told fans that Drake, Nicki Minaj and Trey Songz are the future of hip-hop and R&B.
Like it or not, they were the headliners of the show and they are among the hottest in the game.
Minaj, who at one point had orange hair, made three separate appearances throughout the night at the New Meadowlands Stadium.
She joined Drake for "Bed Rock," Ludacris on "My Chick Bad" and Usher during "Lil Freak." The Southside Jamaica, Queens native also performed with reggae artist, Gyptian, for the remix of "Hold Yuh."
The only thing worth noting from all of those appearances was her final exit from the stage. Minaj, who is openly bisexual, brought Cassie out on stage at the conclusion of "Lil Freak," and held hands with her as they left the stage. Hmmm....
It would have been better if they kissed. At least it would been something people would talk about the next day at work or school. I guess she really did take "Cassie away from Diddy" as she says in the song. SMH.
This year's spectacular was a solid show filled with the usual recipe of "surprise guest performers." But most of the surprises were pretty predictable, and not mind-blowing AT ALL. Could have used a pregnant Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz on stage, Jay-Z performing "Light It Up" with Drake or Kanye West performing "Power." It would have even been nice to see a video message or phone call from jailed rapper Lil' Wayne, who now calls Rikers Island his home.
The biggest surprise was Cam'ron's return to the Summer Jam stage. But it was a huge disappointment that he wasn't up there with Jim Jones and Juelz Santana for the much anticipated Dip Set reunion.
Instead, Cam and his protege Vado performed "Speaking in Tongues" during the DJ Khaled set. Khaled brought out practically everyone who currently has a hit song on Hot 97, which sponsored the concert. Rick Ross, Ludacris, Busta Rhymes, T-Pain and Fat Joe were among those who joined the "We the Best" DJ on the packed stage.
In other news, the two-year streak of Jim Jones and Juelz Santana closing out Summer Jam is OVER!
That honor went to Grammy Award-winning singer, Usher, who performed nearly his whole catalog during his set.
It felt like we left Summer Jam, and then we were transported to an Usher concert filled with strobe lights, pyrotechnics and confetti. Usher also set a Summer Jam record for the MOST dancing EVER done on a Summer Jam stage in the long history of the annual concert.
Usher sent many fans packing during his high-energy set, which also slowed down with his new single, "There Goes My Baby."
I overheard one disappointed female concertgoer say, "He ain't Trey." (Referring to popular R&B crooner Trey Songz)
However, she's right.
Trey Songz provided the sex appeal for the ladies during his bare-chested performance. He pulled one concertgoer on stage, and made her "Say Aah" before performing the hit song.
Songz gyrated his way through "Neighbors Know My Name," and received some of the biggest crowd reaction of the night.
And we should all get used to it - Trey Songz is the real deal, and he is the future.
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