Lil Baby, Lil Durk, City Girls & More Shut Down Hot 97 Summer Jam + Tribute To DJ Kay Slay & HOT 97’s Vow To Protect Black Art

[Lil Baby (Photo credit: Jamel Martin)]

HOT 97 (WQHT-FM), Hip Hop’s biggest concert, HOT 97’s Summer Jam returned to MetLife Stadium on Sunday night. Known for legendary performances and history-defining moments, this year’s Summer Jam concert over-delivered, exceeding fan expectations. 

The highlight of the night came when Quality Control/Motown top recording artist Lil Baby caused pure pandemonium as the hyped-up crowd rapped along to hit singles “Drip Too Hard” & “Yes Indeed.” Lil Baby’s performance was followed up by longtime collaborator and Hip Hop heavyweight Lil Durk who performed with special guests Meek MillNardo Wick & French Montana

Meek Mill (Photo credit: Daniel Vasquez)

Earlier in the evening, the audience experienced raw, adrenaline-filled performances from DreamDoll and Pusha T. Fans chanted as West Coast superstar, Roddy Ricch hit the stage to perform his hit records “High Fashion” featuring DJ Mustard & “The Box”, while all the ladies roared in unison for rap-duo City Girls, who appeared on stage draped in diamonds and their signature high-fashion, performing fan-favorite singles “Twerkulator” & “Act Up.”

DreamDoll (Photo credit: Emerald Knox)

One of the most anticipated moments of the evening was the all-star tribute to the Drama King, the late great DJ Kay Slay. A staple in the Hip Hop community and HOT 97 family, the celebration orchestrated by friend and rapper Papoose did not disappoint. The set included performances by Busta RhymesRemy MaFat JoeMaino, The Lox’s JadakissSheek Louch and Styles P., Dipset’s Juelz Santanaand Jim Jones. Friends and family of DJ Kay Slay joined the stage while fans rejoiced in celebration of the life and legacy of the Drama King.

Kay Slay loved authenticity and represents the streets! I knew the artists who came out had to embody that!” Said Papoose, who orchestrated the tribute along with T.T. Torrez (Hot 97 VP of Artist & Label Relations) & DJ Spazzo. “While putting it together I was extremely emotional! I didn’t know if I would be able to walk on that stage without breaking down but I pulled it off! Kay Slay was watching over me!

Jadakiss photographed on stage during DJ Kay Slay’s tribute (Photo credit: Walik Goshorn)

HOT 97 stood in solidarity with the Hip Hop community by putting a spotlight on the “Protect Black Art” movement, delivering a surprise tribute to Young Thug & Gunna, two artists who are currently being held without bond, partly based on prosecutors presenting song lyrics as evidence. Led by music mogul Kevin Liles, “Protect Black Art” is petitioning against the practice of violating the first amendment rights of artists. The audience was surprised with an exclusive message from Young Thug, included within a PSA produced by 300 Entertainment and bringing awareness to the recent unjust practice of using lyrics against rap artists. The PSA featured heartfelt messages from DJ KhaledPost MaloneG-HerboLondon on the Track& others. (Link to PSA)

The evening began with some fireworks on the festival village stage as the legendary Cardi B joined B-LOVEE, and Dougie B on stage, shocking the crowd with an appearance on their track “Shake It.” Other high energy acts included a shutdown performance by Cordae, a raw and entertaining set by NLE ChoppaYung BleuDrewksi & Friends, and Lady London on HOT 97’s legendary festival stage. Followed by an infectious, fun performance from Saucy SantanaJnr ChoiBabyface Ray.  As concertgoers filled the stadium, the main stage kicked off with DreamDoll, followed by Jamaican dancehall artist Shenseea Benny The Butcher.

Cardi B photographed after her performance with Nessa, Colin Kaepernick, Joe Budden & DJ Drewski (Photo credit: Daniel Vazquez)

The evening came to a close as New York’s hometown hero, Fivio Foreign hit the stage. After appearing last year as one of Summer Jam’s special surprise guests, fans and industry peers alike rooted for Fivio and his recent chart-topping success with his sophomore album “B.I.B.L.E.” HOT 97 Summer Jam has always been known for all-star surprise performances and this year did not disappoint when Coi LerayChlöe BaileyRowdy Rebel & Skillibeng, joined Fivio on stage to close out the festival with all of his hit records.

Lil Baby, Lil Durk, Pusha T, City Girls,& More Set To Perform At HOT 97 Summer Jam

HOT 97, the New York based global culture-setting hip-hop brand unveils the lineup and details for the 2022 HOT 97 Summer Jam. Going down June 12th at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, hip-hop’s most anticipated festival includes superstars such as Lil BabyLil Durk, Pusha TCity GirlsBurna BoyYoung Thug and Gunna, plus many more.

Tickets officially go on sale April 30th at 10:00 AM EST on Ticketmaster or and American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning April 29 at 10am EST through April 29 at 11:59 PM EST.  Download the all-new HOT 97 App for more opportunities to win tickets, exclusive content and hip-hop updates.

The 2022 HOT 97 Summer Jam festival offers two stages featuring many of the hottest hip-hop talent. The main Stadium Stage performers include DreamDollShenseeaBenny The ButcherBurna BoyRoddy RichPusha TCity GirlsYoung Thug and GunnaLil BabyLil Durk, and — closing the show—hometown, Brooklyn’s, Fivio Foreign. The night will also feature a special musical tribute in memory of the legendary DJ Kay Slay.

In addition, the Festival Stage will be a who’s who of emerging artists including, Girll CodeeNardo WickBabyFace RayDrewski & Friends featuring B-LoveeJNR ChoiDougie B., 22GZLady LondonSaucy SantanaNLE ChoppaYung Bleu, and Cordae. The lineup hits from top to bottom.

“HOT 97’s Summer Jam, the biggest hip-hop concert, is a day of music celebrating US… with two stages and an endless list of super-stars, this is a moment you won’t want to miss We understand the assignment and can’t wait to experience, with the fans, an extremely exciting line up of performances from artists who are defining our culture.” TT Torrez, on-air personality and VP of Artist and Label Relations.

The lineup announcement is highlighted alongside the new and improved HOT 97 app, which allows listeners to enjoy the hottest hip-hop station and all of its amazing content from anywhere in the world. The app keeps fans up-to-date on the culture with breaking news, exclusive articles, video content, and features from EbroLaura Stylez & RosenbergFunk Flex, TT TorrezMegan Ryte and many more.

Furthermore, app users will have exclusive access to contests, merchandise and prizes—including tickets to Summer Jam 2022. Live chat with the station’s famous personalities and live video streaming are also in the works, along with access to on-the-go to HOT 97’s library of podcasts, including Ebro in the Morning and Tap in with TT, alongside mixes from the station’s world-famous DJs.

Also, for the first time, HOT 97 Summer Jam’s Artist Lounge will be sponsored by DCN studio, an entertainment and media company specializing in covering the latest news on web3 culture.

Joyner Lucas and Lil Durk Join Forces for “Rambo”

2x GRAMMY® Award-nominated independent rapper Joyner Lucas has announced today’s premiere of an incendiary new collaboration with chart-topping superstar Lil Durk. “Rambo (Feat. Lil Durk)” is available now via Lucas’ own Twenty Nine Music Group label at all DSPs and streaming services. 


ATL Riser Slimelife Shawty Shares Lil Durk-Exec-Produced ‘Better Living’ Album

Slimelife Shawty‘s knack for melody and conversational rap style engenders a feeling of intimacy, making sweeping anthems feel like one-on-one talks. Coming through with a full-length that touches on lessons learned from his experiences in the trenches, Slimelife shares Better Living, his new project. Executive produced by Slime’s mentor Lil Durk, who shows up on the recent single and opening track Suit Me Up,” Better Living is a 14-track rumination of the life of a rising rapper, benefitting from the Atlanta native’s unique sense of song structure. His songs brim with hooks, but they pop up in unpredictable places–he speaks directly from the soul, arriving at punchlines and hooks not when conventions demand, but when it feels natural. The 22-year-old rapper’s is unapologetically direct, speaking with an emotional honesty that has endeared him to many of his city’s best rappers.

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Nardo Wick Recruits Lil Durk, 21 Savage & G Herbo for “Who Want Smoke??”

Nardo Wick has just dropped the highly-anticipated new version of his smash-hit “Who Want Smoke??” featuring Lil Durk21 Savage, & G Herbo. The track includes a show-stopping verse from Durk, displaying the depths of his fiery and confrontational style, a noteworthy inclusion from 21 Savage reminiscent of his earliest days on the mic, and G Herbo delivering the thrilling and seasoned bars he’s renowned for. The song not only capitalizes on the virality of “Who Want Smoke?”, but also serves as a masterclass in collaborating from some of the most prominent artists in the game.

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