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Hot 97 Summer Jam Lives Up to The Hype

Hot 97 Summer Jam Lives Up to The Hype

Brian Hester Reporting from Metlife Stadium at Hot 97 Summer Jam 2019

Big names such as Cardi B, Meek Mill, Migos, Lil Nas X and others took over Metlife Stadium for the worlds Premier Hip Hop Event, Hot 97 Summer Jam. I had the pleasure of focusing on the up and coming new artist at the Summer Jam Festival Village Festival Stage made hot by Heineken. One of the unique features of this entire event is that not only do we get to fresh new talent but that Hot 97 provides a platform to these new artist via the Hot 97 Who’s Next Destination Summer Jam contest.

DJ Juanyto started things off before winners of the Hot 97 Who’s Next Destination Summer Jam contest Na Boogz, and Moddagod both hit the stage and showed the crowd why they are two artists to watch. Photo by Brian Hester

Hot 97 Who’s Next Destination Summer Jam winners Moddagod and Na Boogz made the best of the opportunity they tore up the Festival Stage.

Hot 97 Who’s Next Destination Summer Jam winner Moddagod bring the heavy bars on the Festival Stage. Photo by Brian Hester
Hot 97 Who’s Next Destination Summer Jam winner Na Boogz pump up the crowd on the Festival Stage. Photo by Brian Hester

The Village also featured some pretty fly rides at the DJ Magic Summer Jam Car Show. This is just another facet of how Summer Jam attempts to cover multiple interests within the overall Hip Hop Community. Items such as high end automobiles, unique fashion sense, support for each other and support among all the artists are all hallmarks of this amazing genre.

Fancy sports cars polished to perfections displayed at DJ Magic Summer Jam Car Show. Photo by Brian Hester
Fancy sports cars polished to perfections displayed at DJ Magic Summer Jam Car Show. Photo by Brian Hester
Some of the more interesting and unexpectedly popular fashion items seen in the crowds was this faux? Bullet Proof Vest , proving almost as popular as the old style pro-sports jerseys. Photo by Brian Hester
Fans also showed support for their favorite artists by customized fashion items such as this Migos embroidered denim jacket. Photo by Brian Hester

Artist Nicole Bus, G4Boyz, Pardison Fontaine, Melli, Blueface, City Girls and Trippieredd rounded out the entertainment on the Festival Satage before things moved inside for many more incredible performances.

Nicole Bus pours her heart and soul into her preference on the Festival Stage. Photo by Brian Hester
G4Boyz stepped out into the crowd and made it rain, tossing hundreds in $1 bills up in the air, much to the delight of the fans. Photo by Brian Hester
Pardison Fontaine blows up the mic on the Festival Stage. Photo by Brian Hester
Blueface had the crowd jumping and was def one of the big fan favorites on the Festival Stage. Photo by Brian Hester
Blueface had the crowd jumping and was def one of the big fan favorites on the Festival Stage. Photo by Brian Hester
Melii delivered an amped up set match her lyrical skills with incredible moves on the Festival Stage. Photo by Brian Hester
Melii delivered an amped up set match her lyrical skills with incredible moves on the Festival Stage. Photo by Brian Hester
Melii delivered an amped up set match her lyrical skills with incredible moves on the Festival Stage. Photo by Brian Hester

On to the Main Stage at Summer Jam where the full line up included; Melii Megan Thee Satllion, Kash Doll, City Girls, Casanova, Davido, Rich The Kid, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Tory Lanez, Migos, Meek Mill and Cardi B An incredible that even Mother Nature couldn’t stop, although she did manage to cause a 45 minute lightening delay prior to Cardi B epic set, and capped off the with a stellar set from Tory Lanez.

Inside Metlife Stadium fans get going with early evening acts such as Kash Doll, TT Torrez, and Megan Thee Stallion. Photo by Brian Hester
Megan Thee Stallion, Kash Doll, and Melii heat up the Main Stage at Summer Jam 2019 Photo by Mel D. Cole via www.hot97.com
Meek Mill lights up the stage at Summer Jam 2019 Photo by Joe Cap via www.hot97.com
A Boogie got the crowd going early in the evening Photo by Jill Chami via www.hot97.com
Casanova felling some kind of way on the main stage. Photo by Mel D Cole via www.hot97.com

Meek Mill, Migos, Megan Thee Stallion, Tori Lanez, A Boogie, City Girls and many others performed, but there’s no doubt that Cardi’s surprise guests stole the show. For short video clip see See Hot 97 clip

Cardi B brought out special guests Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus to preform smash Old Town Road Photo Credit: Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images via www.hot97.com

Last but by very far not least were the celebrity sightings which included Naomi Camplbell and Wendy Williams as well as all of the on air personalities. My personal favorite was seeing the cast of the Broadway Smash hit Ain’t Too Proud all together relaxing in the Hot 97 VIP Lounge just relaxing and having a good time, Ain’t Too Proud Pictured below L-R, Derrick Baskin Ephraim Sykes Jawan M. Jackson Jeremy Pope and James Harkness

Cast members of the Tony nominated smash Broadway hit Ain’t Too Proud Pictured L-R, Derrick Baskin Ephraim Sykes Jawan M. Jackson Jeremy Pope and James Harkness enjoying Hot 97 Summer Jam 2019 Photo by Brian Hester
Cardi B brought out special guest Billy Ray Cyrus and Lil Nas X to preform Old Town Road. Photo by Walik Goshorn via www.hot97.com

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Brian Hester is a New York City based freelance photographer covering any nature of event including but not limited to; breaking news, sports, entertainment, fashion, nature and whatever may catch his wandering eye. Since 2011 Brian, has been covering community events and high school sports for North Jersey Media Group and their successor Gannett USA Today. His clients include Rutgers University and Monmouth Athletics. ​You can see more of his work at www.brianbehindthelens.com

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