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Hot 97 Summer Jam

Sunday

Jun 11, 2017 – 6:30 PM

1 Metlife Stadium
East Rutherford, NJ 07073 Map

  • Hot 97 Summer Jam
  • Fat Joe
  • remy ma
  • Tory Lanez
  • French Montana
  • trey songs
  • DJ KHALED
  • Migos

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Hot 97 Summer Jam: Summer Jam is the annual hip-hop fest held at Giants Stadium and sponsored by New York based radio station Hot 97FM and also by a Boston based radio station, Jam'n 94.5 FM. Normally held in June, the concert features the most popular acts that hip-hop and R&B have to offer in a particular year.

For the 1973 Concert at Watkins Glen Raceway see Summer Jam at Watkins Glen

Fat Joe: A little more than 13 years after releasing his debut LP, Represent, hip-hop legend Fat Joe is definitely certified as one of the last of a dying breed. While many of his pioneering peers from that golden era haven’t since gracefully bowed out of the game, Joe has constantly found ways to evolve over the years as not only one of the premier MCs in rap, but as an astute businessman with an ear for finding and cultivating talent such as fellow legend Big Pun, female fire starter Remy Ma and R&B crooner Tony Sunshine. Joe’s business savvy has surpassed working only in music as he has also secured endorsement deals with Ecko, Pepsi, Bud Light and Boost Mobile. He has even added TV host to his credentials serving as host for MTV Europe’s “Pimp My Ride.”

Joe’s latest opus, Me, Myself and I (due November 14) not only finds him delivering his best album to date, but marks a milestone and next phase of his career. The project will be released independently on his own Terror Squad Entertainment, which is being distributed through Imperial/ EMI.

For the better part of the past decade, Joe had recorded on Atlantic, releasing a string of classic solo albums; Don Cartagena (1998), Jealous Ones Still Envy (2001), Loyalty (2002) and All or Nothing (2005). Joey Crack has also put out two albums with his crew, The Terror Squad; Terror Squad (1999) and True Story (2004), which spawned one of the biggest singles in hip-hop history “Lean Back.” Throughout his career, the Bronx native has garnered a reputation for being consistent with his bodies of work and has been able to maintain unwavering street credibility while traversing the underground and blossoming into a mainstream superstar. Still Joe needed a change as 2006 started.

“I had been there for ten years,” Joe explains about why he decided to leave Atlantic records earlier this year, “In the past few years I saw all these guys at [Atlantic subsidiary] Asylum records, Mike Jones, Paul Wall, Cam’ron getting independent deals. Unfortunately when I sat down with Atlantic, we couldn’t agree on the terms of the deal so I decided to do one on my own.”

The man nicknamed Joey Crack and Coca, says he doesn’t have any animosity towards Atlantic, but he still had to do what was most prudent financially for his career and decided to field offers from other companies offering distribution. Very well off from the years of grinding and subsequent success, Joe decided he was tired of having to take money from labels to make albums and shoot videos. He was capable of doing everything on his own. All he wanted was for a company to help him get his product in stores. While different labels put in staggering bids to get into business with Joe, the Don of the Terror Squad funded the production of his album and began recording on his own. The result is I, Myself and I; a full throttle return to the pavement embedded hip-hop that is one of Joe’s passions.

“This album sounds like Fat Joe, gutter hip-hop,” he says of the project. “It’ll take you back to Digging in the Crates, Jealous Ones Envy, straight street. I locked myself up in the room and said ‘yo, we gonna make some hot music. I had people send me beats and said, ‘yo, I’m gonna talk about what I feel, how I feel, get lyrical. I had a lot of influences whether it be some of my favorite producers, my friends… This is what I feel Fat Joe is. I love making commercial records that go pop and all that, but this is how I felt this time; straight gutter.”

Production on the project was handled by close Terror Squad affiliates like Scott Storch, LV and the Runners, while less than a handful of guests such as Lil’ Wayne, The Game and newcomer Murder Capital shared mic time with Joe.

The first single is a thunderous throw down called “Make It Rain.” Scott Storch produced and Lil’ Wayne chipped in on the hook. Joe masterfully controls the verses, flossing his hardcore pedigree while making the club rock and celebrating lavish spending. Acclaimed filmmaker and video director Chris Robinson (“ATL”) directed the clip in Miami.

“The second single is ‘Breathe and Stop’ featuring Game” he describes of another cut, which has a strong Caribbean feel to it. “That Caribbean rudeboy music is some of the most powerful, spiritual music you can find. That’s music that automatically makes you move. It commands you to feel a certain way.”

The street singles “Damn” and “No Drama (Clap and Revolve)” were leaked to the street a couple of months ago and quickly became fixtures on the mixtape circuit.

Born in the South Bronx, Joe himself became a permanent fixture in hip-hop in the early 1990s signing his first recording contract with Relativity Records. As one of the only Latino rappers at the time, he quickly became the voice of his people and was equally embraced by the rest of the hip-hop community. He’s collaborated with everyone from the mogul Diddy to the most lyrical master of ceremonies like Big L., Nas, Raekwon the Chef, Grand Puba and Lord Finesse, to rhyme godfathers like LL Cool J and KRS-One and he’s even done a song with the late great Notorious B.I.G. As his music and popularity transcend rap, he’s also gotten calls to collaborate with artists of other genres like Reggaeton superstar Don Omar and pop prince Ricky Martin and princess such as Jennifer Lopez and Paris Hilton.

The proud father of 3 has also knocked on Hollywood’s door appearing in films such as “I Like it Like That,” “Empire,” “Prison Song,” “Whiteboyz,” and “Thicker Than Water.”

Showing no signs of slowing up, Joe has taken his game international with world tours and seems like he can go at least another 13 years on the mic.

“Keeping relationships has a lot to do with being humble,” he began to tell, attributing his longevity. “Even when I did sell 1.8 million records, I was making songs with cats who wasn’t selling anything. I always helped people. I’ve been loyal and I got a passion for the game. I’m here 13 years later. Ain’t nobody here 13 years later and still relevant the way I am. I work for it. I got passion for the music, that’s what others don’t have. That’s why people respect it, they see it. Somebody that sells like five million records, they’ll tell you, ‘yo Joe makes some hot music. I wish he sold more, but he’s on top of his game.’ It’s hard to do this. You see the grind, so you respect the grind.”

Tory Lanez: Originally from Toronto, Tory Lanez (born Daystar Peterson) moved around Canada and the US due to an unstable family life. After being abandoned by his grandmother at the age of 15, Lanez raised himself on the streets of Jamaica, Queens. He dropped out of school the next year, eventually performing concerts on the street with his naturally gifted vocal talents.

Lanez released his debut mixtape at the age of 17, while living in South Florida. One of his amateur, self-directed music videos caught the eye of Sean Kingston, who gave Lanez his first professional live performance on Justin Bieber’s tour. Lanez was briefly signed to Kingston’s Time is Money Entertainment label, but left to be an independent artist.

Lane rose to prominence in 2014 with his Fargo Fridays series for HotNewHipHop. While the young artist was growing his own name brand, he was also secretly writing songs for the likes of Akon, Meek Mill, and T.I. It wasn’t until he released the Lost Cause mixtape that Lanez reached the kind of recognition he had been seeking. A year later, Lanez released his first EP, Cruel Intentions, and shortly after signed with Interscope Records.

Having signed with a major label, Lanez was able to work on his debut studio album. Before the album had even been completed, the lead single, “Say It”, became a smash hit, reaching #23 on the Billboard Top 100. I Told You was released a few months later, in August of 2016, already massively supported by the single’s popularity and the promise of a national tour.

French Montana: A rapper who built an indie empire with his Cocaine City imprint, French Montana is the New American Dream. French grew up playing soccer and dreaming of being a rapper, studying some of the biggest names in the game such as Tupac, Snoop Dogg, The Notorious B.I.G. and Wu-Tang Clan. Today, French is signed with some of the top labels, such as Interscope, Bad Boy, and Maybach Music Group.

Born in Morocco as Karim Kharbouch to a family of Somali heritage, he emigrated to the U.S. when he was 13. His father left the family when he was 17, forcing him to provide for his mother and younger brothers. He set up shop in the Bronx and began releasing his Cocaine City series of DVDs in 2002, mixing interviews with established hip-hop artists and unsigned talent. During this time Karim became French Montana, a combination of the French influence in Morocco and Scarface’s Tony Montana. Through these DVDs he showcased his talent as an underground artist and a new voice from the New York streets.

In early 2009, he began releasing his own mixtape CDs with DJs like DJ Drama, Evil Empire and Big Mike as his hosts. His friendship and frequent collaborations with Harlem rapper Mike B created a buzz for his work that still continues today. In 2009 he signed with Akon’s Konvict Musik label. However, in 2011 French and Konvict parted due to album delays and he signed with Rick Ross’ Maybach Music Group and Bad Boy Records.

2011 brought on collaborations with artists such as Waka Flocka Flame and Pusha T. But it looks like 2012 will be French Montana’s year, especially with the release of his new album Excuse My French and numerous collaborations with artists such as Drake, Gucci Mane, Project Pat, Fabolous, Jadakiss, Busta Rhymes, 2 Chainz and Wiz Khalifa, to name a few.

French Montana only has a few tour dates left in 2012. Don’t miss out; who knows how much time he’ll have for shows once he’s finished working with just about every big name in the rap world. Is your city missing from his schedule? Make sure to demand him and let him know he’s wanted in your hometown.

DJ KHALED: With a slew of rap hits under his belt, including the #1 "I'm On One", DJ Khaled has claimed his spot as the most in demand hip-hop DJ in the game. Straight off a performance at the BET Awards, DJ Khaled released his fifth album, We the Best Forever, and will be on the road spinning his hits throughout 2011. Don't miss a date on the DJ Khaled concert schedule (2011); Use Eventful as your source for DJ Khaled tour dates and venue information.

The New Orleans native earned his spot as a sidekick on Luther Campbell's radio show, The Luke Show, in the late '90s. Since his breakout role, he earned his own hosting spot on radio and has become one of the most in-demand DJ producers in Hip-Hop. His debut album, Listennn…The Album, debuted at #12 on the Billboard 200 in 2006. His sophomore album, We The Best, featured the club banger - "We Takin' Over", and earned Khaled a Platinum plaque. After releasing his third album, We Global, DJ Khaled was appointed as President of Def Jam South in 2009.

In five short years, DJ Khaled has become a top rated radio personality, DJ, record executive, and Platinum recording artist. His latest album, We the Best Forever, debuted at #5 on the Billboard 200 and features the hits "Welcome to My Hood" and the #1 Rap single "I'm On One" featuring Drake, Rick Ross, and Lil' Wayne. Join this Hip-Hop Heavyweight when he visits a venue near you. Stay on top of DJ Khaled tour dates using Eventful as your concert calendar.

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