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The Five Best Moments From HOT 97 Summer Jam 2022

Among first-time and returning attendees of HOT 97’s Summer Jam concert, the same question remained: “Will it rain?” For what’s an annual tradition alongside the legendary NYC hip-hop radio station’s yearly display of the culture’s most popular stars, it tends to rain spectacularly upon those in attendance. But this year? The weather chose to relax and watch the show.

On Sunday (June 12th), the 28th annual HOT 97 Summer Jam took place at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ, its usual location. The home of the NFL’s New York Giants and Jets was packed with thousands of attendees who first watched performances in the parking lot; before moving inside the stadium.

Headlined by the likes of platinum rappers Lil Baby and Lil Durk, this year’s Summer Jam lived up to its expectations of providing surprises and moments we won’t forget.

Here are the five best moments from HOT 97 Summer Jam 2022.

Young Thug shares a message to his supporters

Even though it’s been over a month since Young Thug was arrested on RICO charges, his presence has remained felt throughout the hip-hop community. As supporters of the YSL founder have come together to support him, fellow YSL labelmate Gunna, and others in the fight against hip-hop music getting used in court, the man himself shared a message to his fans.

“I just want to say thank you to all of my friends and my family for coming out and supporting us,” Thugger said. “You know, your support during this time means a lot to us, ya know.” All across the stadium, signs proclaiming “Protect Black Art,” “Free Young Thug,” and “Free Gunna” was proudly held high in the sky.

Cardi B surprises fans as she joins Bronx drill stars Dougie B and B-Lovee on stage

The first (and honestly the biggest) example of Summer Jam providing memorable surprise moments was earlier Sunday afternoon. During their festival stage performance, Bronx drill stars Dougie B and B-Lovee were joined by no other than Cardi B.

The proud Bronx, NY native and multi-platinum artist came out of a black Mercedes sprinter van to a thunderous ovation from fans as she performed her show-stealing verse from Kay Flock’s “Shake It” remix; which also features Dougie B.

Busta Rhymes, Fat Joe, and other legends honor DJ Kay Slay

Throughout hip-hop, especially in NYC, DJ Kay Slay left a massive impact on the culture in various ways— his ability to DJ, break new artists, host on HOT 97, and become a spokesperson for the city’s movement. After passing away from COVID-19 on April 17th, tributes have come at a rapid rate for the legendary DJ but what occurred on Sunday was special.

In tribute to the “Drama King,” Busta Rhymes, Papoose, Fat Joe, Remy Ma, The LOX, and Dipset (With Jim Jones and Juelz Santana) all came out and, performed their most popular records either made alongside him or in his honor. The MetLife faithful was routinely stunned as each legend stepped on stage and did their thing.

At the end of DJ Kay Slay’s tribute, Papoose spoke to the crowd and asked everyone in attendance to turn their phone light and wave it in the sky; further illuminating a beautiful sight to the “Drama King.”

Roddy Ricch makes last-minute apperance despite sudden arrest on Saturday

While the popular Compton, CA MC was already in the tri-state area because of his slated appearance at Governors Ball the day before, he almost didn’t make it to either performance. That’s because “The Box” hitmaker was arrested for gun charges upon arriving at Governors Ball.

But 24 hours later, Ricch was on the Summer Jam stage, not only free but unbothered by those charges as they were dismissed. Halfway through his set, Ricch was joined by his frequent collaborator, producer DJ Mustard, as “High Fashion” and “Ballin” played to the fans’ approval.

City Girls and Chloe Bailey joined Fivio Foreign

Already amid a stellar year, Brooklyn’s own Fivio Foreign was given the honor of closing out this year’s Summer Jam. Aided by a montage declaring him the “King of New York,” Foreign’s set mixed in his most popular cuts, new music, and surprise appearances that kept the fans entertained.

As the “City of Gods” collaborator was performing “Hello” from his latest album, B.I.B.L.E, the crowd was surprised to see Chloe walk on stage. The talented singer/songwriter/producer effortlessly performed her verse from “Hello” and provided an up-close look as to what makes her a superstar in the making.

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Rap Legend Jim Jones Diversifies His Portfolio from Music to Crypto

Jim Jones knows a thing or two about diversifying his portfolio. A Jack of many trades, the founding member of legendary rap crew, The Diplomats has BEEN juggling multiple hustles. For more than two decades he’s crafted noteworthy rap music, while also helping launch the Saucey cannabis brand, his ByrdGang and Vamp Life imprints and other business ventures.

He’s held executive roles at record labels and currently hosts REVOLT TV’s Drip Report — a show where Jimmy gives an update on the week’s weather, as well as trending hip-hop news. In support of the digital show’s latest season, the “We Set The Trendz” rapper brought his unique approach to weather forecasting to FOX5’s Good Day New York.

“They let me do my rendition of the weather, which is pretty big,” says Jones. “To be on Fox News, especially coming from New York and being somebody like myself coming from the hip-hop culture, yet being able to infiltrate the corporations off of a show I started on Instagram is pretty dope.”

Although Jim has made it rain on more than one occasion and has created tracks like “Weatherman,” he insists that his weatherman vibes were manifested by chance. The Drip Report came into fruition organically, according to Jim. “I was in Miami while a hurricane was going on and I was able to capture the moment,” he recalls. “That moment ended up going viral, which eventually turned into what we have today— a television show and people seeing me on Fox.”

When it comes to getting money, Jim Jones is really about that life. An expert at getting to the bag, he’s an avid supporter of digital money. He details his futuristic hustle on tracks like “Mack Truck,” his 2021 collaboration with Young Thug. He has even gone as far as creating his own crypto coin. Named after one of his monikers, Capo Coin, as Jim describes it is a “social currency to be spent inside of our inner city communities at a discounted price.” You can cop it on UniSwap.

He credits his homie Noel with introducing him to the worlds of crypto and NFTs, while stressing the importance of taking the time to do independent research. “It’s where money is going,” he says. “There probably won’t be no physical dollars in the years to come. So I encourage everybody to start now on doing their research and learning what benefits them the most when it comes to these forms of currencies.”

Jim Jones’ biggest hit to date is 2006’s “We Fly High.” The get money anthem which peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 featured the classic adlib: ballin’! Nowadays, the Harlem hustler has a particular outlook on what it means to ball. “The most important part of ballin’ is taking care of your responsibilities and your family. And after that, whatever you choose to do with your life and your money is on you.”

With more than twenty years in the rap game, Jim shows no signs of slowing down. The recently released remix to his Migo-assisted “We Set The Trendz” single features an all-star cast of ballers, which includes Lil Wayne, DJ Khaled and Juelz Santana. The original version was featured on his well-received 2022 DJ Drama-hosted project, Gangsta Grillz: We Set The Trendz.

From drip to lingo to all around swag, Jim and his Dipset fam have had an undeniable impact on popular culture. When asked if there are any trends that he felt he deserved more credit for being the originator of, he had this to say, “Um, no, I never looked for credit. I look for debit. I’m about cash. Credit never got me paid.” As always, Jim Jones has his mind the money.