After a one year hiatus due to the pandemic, Summer Jam returned in 2021 in August for the first time in history!
Just like any Summer Jam, the day was full of surprises.
Tropical storm Henri hit the event hard with non-stop rain between Saturday and Sunday leading to an unfortunate decision to cancel Festival Village to ensure the safety of all parties working the show as well as fans.
That however did not stop Summer Jam.
Doors opened at 5:16 PM EST, as fans started to roll in despite the rain.
Not soon afterwards Saweetie hit the stage to perform some of her biggest hits. She was followed by Megan Ryte who brought some friends that got the dancehall vibes on early at Metlife Stadium. Kranium performed his hit “Nobody Has To Know”, Capella Grey came out with his hit single “Gyalis”, and the big surprise Mavado! She wasn’t done yet though! She then brought out A$AP Ferg with an energetic performance of “Plain Jane.”
The energy got even greater as Polo G hit the stage for a performance of “RAPSTAR” and more!
Some other big surprises last night included members of the Wu Tang Clan, Ghostface Killah and Raekwon, who came on the stage to support their fellow Staten Island native CJ in an explosive performance that also included Dembo/Reggaeton artists El Alfa and Farruko.
Laura Stylez and Megan Ryte then got on the stage to announce Moneybagg Yo who came with some surprises of his own including EST GEE, and 42 Dugg!
After Drewski got the crowd rocking with surprise guests Maliibu Miitch Shenseea, and Rotimi, Ebro in the Morning’s Ebro, Laura Stylez, and Rosenberg got on the stage to introduce one of the biggest highlights of the night as Swizz Beatz gave a tribute to DMX.
As the sunset, the producer brought the energy in the stadium to another level! He brought out The LOX, Lil Kim, Busta Rhymes, Remy Ma, Fat Joe, MOP, and really shocked the crowd as one of X’s favourite r&b groups The Isley Bros got onto the stage to perform “Between The Sheets.” Before getting off the set, Swizz Beatz got an entire stadium of over 30,000 people to sing Happy Birthday to DMX’s young daughter.
After Funk Flex fired up the crowd, DaBaby got on the stage for his first performance following recent controversy due to comments made during his Rolling Loud set that offended members of the LBTGQ community. He apologized for his comments on stage and thanked HOT 97 for his having his back and giving him an opportunity to perform on the stage. He lived up to the nickname “Live Show Killa” as he even went into the crowd who were still being soaked up in the rain for a more intimate performance.
Following the excitement, Meek Mill hit up the stage and started up his performance with his classic intro track “Dreams and Nightmares.”
The surprises weren’t over yet! Migos followed up with a surprise of their own by bringing out Cardi B! Other surprises for the rest of the night was French Montana, 42 Dugg, and Fivio Foreign with his popular track “Big Drip.”
One of the biggest highlights of the night was Bobby Shmurda who was finally able to perform his hit single “Hot N****” in front of the Summer Jam crowd. He did not disappoint as the Brooklyn native went into the crowd and enjoyed every moment.
A Boogie closed out the night, and he did so with a bang. Coming down from a helicopter, the rapper started off his set with the Michael Jackson sampled, “Look Back At It.” He performed tracks such as the “Unforgettable (Remix)” alongside PnB Rock, and brought out H.E.R. who came out and also performed her hit track “Damage.” The Highbridge native also brought out Pop Smoke’s mother Audrey Jackson to pay tribute to the late rapper.
It was a perfect end to an unpredictable, rainy, and historic Summer Jam!
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