After a very late start, Summer Jam got to host most of the acts on its main stage lineup, with one notable exception.
Last week's forecast was troubling, and indeed, the skies didn't give Summer Jam much of a chance today. The Festival Stage in the MetLife Stadium parking lot, set to host acts like Chance the Rapper, Tory Lanez, Desiigner, and Post Malone, was called off early in the afternoon, but HOT 97 held on dearly to the Stadium Stage, not going down without a fight. Finally, the rain ceased and restless crowds gathered in front of the stadium, which wouldn't be ready for entry until around 9PM, a few hours behind schedule. It certainly looks like, against all odds, many memorable moments unfolded on this year's Summer Jam stage, but disappointingly, the night's top headliner didn't get to perform due to New Jersey's curfew law.
The acts that did get to perform were rolled out unpredictably, starting with a few New Yorkers who weren't even on the lineup: Maino, Uncle Murda, and 2Milly. Then, earlier than expected, came just about all of GOOD Music, including honorary member 2 Chainz and the biggest surprise guest of the night, Kanye West, who was supposed to have been closing out Governors Ball, which was cancelled in its entirety. They dropped an impressive setlist that included "Mercy," "Panda," and the brand new "Champions" super-collab.
After GOOD officially kicked off the night, the next choice of Bryson Tiller was rather surprising but well-received nonetheless as he brought out Fabolous for his umpteenth Summer Jam in a row. The Terror Squad also made it onto the stage, and French Montana called the sans-Hov "All the Way Up" remix the "biggest song of the night." Next was the A$AP duo of Ferg and Rocky, and after that was the final performer of the night, DJ Khaled -- not a bad ending, considering he brought out Rick Ross, Yo Gotti, OT Genasis, M.O.P., Busta Rhymes, Busta Rhymes, Mavado, and Ty Dolla $ign, Kent Jones, and The LOX.
So who didn't perform? Tinashe, Kid Ink, Young Thug, and most importantly, Future, who was the biggest name listed at the top of the bill. He wasn't happy that he didn't get to close out the night, though he made sure to point out that there's no bad blood with HOT 97.
Of course, after Summer Jam, the night didn't end for New Yorkers. Kanye West quickly sold out an impromptu show at the Webster Hall, and so many people gathered outside that Kanye couldn't even access the venue. The show was eventually cancelled, but not before Kanye attempted to keep the party going in the streets, much to the delight of his fans. Relive the madness here.