Summer Jam 2015: Great talent, bad audience behavior

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Welcome to Summer Jam

The Hot 97 Summer Jam has become a staple of hip-hop. The annual summer festival has always served as a barometer for the state of rap and R&B music.

Who can forget when Jay Z surprised thousands by bringing Michael Jackson out on stage in 2001? It was a watershed moment that proved Jay Z’s influence and shed light on Michael Jackson’s love for hip-hop culture. One year earlier, Aaliyah gave one of her final performances on the Summer Jam stage a few weeks before to her untimely passing. Nas brought out Lauryn Hill in 2012 during a time when Hill rarely made public appearances. The Game denounced G-Unit and threw his chain in the crowd during another shocking moment in 2005. And Jay Z dissed Nas at his 2001 show which led to New York rap’s most noteworthy rivalry.

Summer Jam is billed as a show where surprises are expected because anything could happen.

“Honestly, what excites me most is the fact that we get some of the biggest artists in hip-hop and R&B out in front of fans,” Hot 97’s Ebro says. “It’s one big party so my joy is just seeing people have a good time. That’s what I get excited about, just seeing the people celebrate out there.”

The 2015 Summer Jam definitely lived up to the anticipation and hype.

A.R. Shaw
A.R. Shaw

A.R. Shaw is an author and journalist who documents culture, politics, and entertainment. He has covered The Obama White House, the summer Olympics in London, and currently serves as Lifestyle Editor for Rolling Out magazine. Shaw's latest book, Trap History, delves into the history and global dominance of Trap music. Follow his journey on TrapHistory.Com, Twitter @arshaw and Instagram @arshaw23.

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