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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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15 of Our Favorite Met Gala-Inspired Rap Lyrics

It’s that time of year again. It’s the first Monday in May, which means the Met Gala is once again upon us. This year the hotly anticipated gala officially returns to its normally scheduled programming. As a result of the COVID-19 crisis, the annual event, also known as the Costume Institute Gala, was placed on hold in 2020, while last year’s downsized version took place in September during New York Fashion Week.

The Met’s 2022 theme is In America: An Anthology of Fashion. It’s the second half of the Costume Institute’s two-part exhibition dedicated to American fashion, which began with 2021’s In America: A Lexicon of Fashion. For this year’s Met festivities, Hollywood A-Listers Regina King, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds are holding down the co-hosting duties.

The Met Gala raises funds that benefit programs and exhibitions sponsored by the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute. It also gives celebs a reason to pop out in some of the most unique and eye-catching outfits. With nicknames like the Super Bowl of fashion and fashion’s biggest night out, the Met Gala is arguably the biggest night in fashion. Famous faces from all walks of entertainment come together in celebration of the opening of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s yearly fashion exhibition. It’s a big deal not only for the fashion world, but for the world of hip-hop as well.

Nowadays, hip-hop heavyweights are permanent fixtures on the Met’s red carpet and at the after-party. The likes of Ye, Megan Thee Stallion, Rihanna, Beyoncé, Cardi B, A$AP Rocky, Diddy, Migos, JAY-Z and many, many others have made their presence felt at the Met Gala. So it should come as no surprise that the Met Gala has been the subject of quite a few rap songs and lyrics. The star-studded affair has inspired some dope bars, as well as some not-so-dope lyrics. The gala has been mentioned by rap stars who have attended and popular artists who haven’t been lucky enough to strut their stuff at the event. In honor of the 2022 Met Gala, we’ve put together a list of some of our favorite Met Gala raps.

“I was that n*gga locked up in the cell and they treated me like I was normal/Thankin’ the Lord for them blessings I just left the Met Gala dressin’ up formal.” -Offset on Gucci Mane’s “Met Gala” (2017)

“It’s easy to slip, don’t want you to fall/Walk in with the drip, that Met Gala Ball” — Gunna on “Met Gala” (2020)

“You can’t even get on my guest list/They want me to go to the Met Gala/I want a Percocet and a gallon/That Actavis, Hi-Tech it don’t matter” — Future on Drake’s “Grammys” (2016)

“Met Gala, 42/but I fuck ’em like I’m 22/Macking and hanging that’s all I do” — Nas on The Weeknd’s “Tell your Friends (Met Gala Remix)”

“Attitude, gotta holla/She caught me slippin’, dressin’ like the Met Gala” — 24hrs & PnB Rock on “Met Gala” (2018)

“I had to give her a new nickname/Designer call us Met Gala Gang” — Quavo on“Champagne Rose” (2018)

“Watch how I drip when I hit that Met Gala/Codeine I sip with my lip, don’t get splattered” — Gunna on “Drip Or Drown [Remix]” (2018)

“Saint Laurent boots on Gucci saddles, Met Gala/ dab capital, abracadabra” — Quavo on Migos’ “Too Hotty” (2017)

“I’m a great example, great sex haver/In-shape for the Met Gala” — Kevin Gates on “Kung Fu” (2018)

“Red bottoms on, I’m at Met Gala” — Young Thug on “Daddy’s Birthday” (2017)

“They was losin’ they mind when I hit the Met Gala/Tail so long, it dragged 30 minutes after” — Cardi B on “Bet It” (2021)

“Spend a quarter million on a coupe, guess what?/MET Gala, hunnid for the suit, bless us” — Rick Ross on Russ’ “Guess What” (2020)

“A vet stylin’ in Met Gala/tuna salad from La Scala” — Nas on “White Label” (2018)

“I brought a Hollywood bitch to Club Crucial/I was at the Met Gala with my shooter” — 21 Savage on “Runnin’” (2020)

“I missed the Met Gala, eatin’ linguine with the best scallops/I knew we was the best before I met Khaled” — Dave East on “Bad Boy On Death Row” (2016)

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New Music by Future, Justin Bieber and More: Bops That Just Dropped

Every week a bunch of new projects, songs and snippets hit the airwaves and streaming platforms and it can be a tall task sorting through all of the noise. Luckily, ONE37pm is here to help keep you in tune with what new music should be on your radar.

‘I Never Liked You’ — Future

The trap is back jumping as Future unearths his ninth solo album, I Never Liked You. The best of both sides of Mr. Hendrix is on full display throughout the 16-track project. The cold-hearted trapper that stays on demon time, as well as his vulnerable lover boy persona are showcased on the “Life Is Good” rapper’s latest release. Future fans are sure to like what they hear when they check out this album that features YSL’s finest, Young Thug and Gunna, Ye and Future’s partner-in-rhyme, Drake, who appears on a couple of tracks.

“No Handouts” — Internet Money

The hit-making production collective known as Internet Money is back with a new banger. The production team lead by Taz Arnold has crafted heat for themselves, Lil Tecca, XXXTENTACION, Juice WRLD and others. Their 2020 single “Lemonade” is certified triple-platinum. This time around they’ve connected with Yëat for “No Handouts.” Featuring Yëat’s signature sound, the trippy track is Internet Money’s third single of the year. They’ve previously released the 24kGoldn-assisted “Options” and “Flossin” with NBA YoungBoy.

“Honest” featuring Don Toliver & “I Feel Funny” — Justin Bieber

 Justin Bieber is back to do what he does best: make hits. This week the Grammy Award-winning megastar, who recently locked in his 20th Top 5 hit on Hot 100, returns with a couple of bops. He first dropped “I Feel Funny” and then days later followed up with the Don Toliver-assisted “Honest.” Both tracks are accompanied by dope Cole Bennett-directed videos.  

Lil Baby turns up the heat with a new single, as does Young Nudy, Kaash Paige, Nardo Wick, Lil Gotit, Tink, Lil Mexico, SpotemGottem, Big Jade, Boslen, Maliibu Miitch, Chxrry22, Autumn! Lil Kee, Yung Pooda and others. Tap in with our new weekly playlist below and don’t forget to come back next Friday and every Friday after that for a round up of the best new music of the past seven days.

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Bops That Just Dropped: ONE37pm’s New Music Round Up

If you’re searching for some new music to add to your daily rotation, look no further than this week’s list of new releases. This roundup of songs and projects that have dropped within the last seven days is packed with lit new tunes that are perfect for just about any contemporary hip-hop fan’s new music playlist. From New York Drill to southern trap, there’s something for just about everyone on this list.

Bronx Drill rapper Kay Flock just dropped a new song with none other than Cardi B and it’s quickly gaining lots of traction. The track, titled “Shake It,” also features verses from Dougie B and Bory300. The high-energy club anthem with its catchy hook can easily get stuck in your head. The Bronx-bred foursome trade verses about running down on opps and turning up. It’s hard not to love Flock and Cardi’s raw energy and lyrics. This is definitely a song that can get you moving. We just had to add it to our new music playlist.

Fredo Bang is back with a new project, 2 Face Bang 2. The sequel to 2018’s 2 Face Bang opens with the soul-baring “Street Lights,” and features collaborations with Roddy Riich, Money Man and Brooklyn Drill rapper Sleepy Hallow. Filled with raw lyrics, infectious beats and catchy hooks, the Louisiana native’s latest Def Jam release should be a hit with fans of his previous work, as well as with newfound listeners.

After all of these years in the game, Gucci Mane remains one of the hardest working guys in hip-hop. He doesn’t let much time go by without releasing a single or two. In 2022, he dropped his YoungBoy Never Broke Again-diss, “Publicity Stunt”, the Young Dolph & Key Glock-assisted “Blood All On It” and “Rumors” with Lil Durk. This week he introduced the solo track, “Serial Killers.” Big Guwop glides over the menacing beat with his signature flow.

There have also been new drops from the likes of Blueface & G Herbo, Trina & Latto, Quando Rondo, Duke Deuce, Yungeen Ace, NoCap, Bas & Gunna and others. If you’re in the mood for some new bops, be sure to run through this week’s collection of new releases. You shouldn’t be disappointed.

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How T-Shyne Got Kevin Durant to Executive Produce His YSL Debut

Young Thug has a knack for identifying talent. Just take a listen to 2021’s Slime Language 2 and you’ll see for yourself. The compilation album highlighting the ATLien’s Young Stoner Life imprint features all-star performances from the likes of Gunna and Lil Keed, while also helping to introduce the emerging YSL members to the masses. One of the shining stars on the project — which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart — is T-Shyne.

The Granada-born, New York-bred rapper first made a name for himself with cosigns from TM88 (the producer behind Lil Uzi Vert’s “XO Tour Llif3” and Drake’s Future and Young Thug-assisted “Way 2 Sexy”) and records like “Andre 3K.” However, after linking with Thugga, T-Shyne has been taking things to new levels. 

T-Shyne officially joined Young Thug’s dream team in 2020, following years of building a friendship with the eccentric rap star. “We built up a family bond before I even signed,” says T-Shyne. “I went on tours and all of these things before I even signed. We really built a relationship. Like even before Thug knew I was making music that was my mans.”

Those family vibes led to a few alley hoops for T-Shyne. Thug commissioned Shyne’s lyrics and melodies for several tracks including, “Stressed” – the J. Cole-featured standout from Thug’s recent No. 1 album, PUNK.

Prepared to further prove that he can stand on his own, T-Shyne recently delivered his sophomore project, Confetti Nights. The 15-track project houses the singles “Top 5”, “30 for 30” and “Feed The Fam” as well as contributions from Gunna, Meek Mill, Nav, JID, Swae Lee, and producers like Wheezy and Supah Mario. Confetti Nights was also executive produced by the one and only Kevin Durant. 

“The thing about KD and Thug is that they give you their honest opinion. They are just going to tell you how they are feeling and keep it real with you, which is what you want, right? You don’t want someone just being a Yes-man all day,” says T-Shyne.

On the eve of the release of the anticipated Confetti Nights, T-Shyne chopped it up with ONE37pm about the inspiration behind his latest project, building with Young Thug and Kevin Durant, NFTs, and giving back.

ONE37pm: What’s behind the title Confetti Nights

T-SHYNE: The inspiration came from this photo of Kobe Bryant that I saw. It’s of him after he won a championship. He got his hands out wide and a bunch of confetti is falling down on him. I just thought that was a dope picture and I just wanted to create that vibe, you know? 

ONE37pm: Do you feel like you’re in that championship type of mode at this stage of your career? 

T-SHYNE: Just feeling like a rookie in the game that built his way up. Obviously, there’s still a way to go, but for me, this is that feeling right now. This is the first project under YSL, so you know it’s that feeling. 

ONE37pm: How does Confetti Nights compare or differ from your debut project The Immaculate?

T-SHYNE: It’s just so much growth. I’m hitting a lot of different styles and melodies on this one. The lyricism is crazy. You just see the growth 100%.

ONE37pm: How did Kevin Durant get involved with Confetti Nights?

T-SHYNE: We really just started talking on Instagram. After that, we met at Rolling Loud NY. From there we just became cool. Obviously, when you build a relationship with someone you get cooler and I was just like it would be dope if he did the project. 

ONE37pm: Walk us through what KD Executive Producing your project looks like? 

T-SHYNE: He’s pulling up to the sessions, really giving his opinions on what he thinks of the songs. He’s really there. It’s not like some “I need your name” type thing. 

ONE37pm: One of your last major standout features was “Stressed” off of Young Thug’s PUNK. Knowing that J. Cole was on that record, did you feel the need to come even harder? 

T-SHYNE: Most definitely, because you know he’s going to come with one of those verses that you gotta keep up with. You know what I’m saying? It wasn’t pressure, but it was just knowing that you’re on there with Cole and Thug. That’s two legends already, so you gotta do your thing. And when people hear this song they are going to be like “Who’s this?” So you gotta do your thing on there. 

ONE37pm: Were you excited when you heard the response to the record? 

T-SHYNE: Ahh man. Definitely. That was amazing. 

ONE37pm: I first came across you and your music with the record “3K.” In what ways have you evolved as an artist since then? 

T-SHYNE: I understand the type of music I want to do better now. I understand what I want to do. I understand the sound I want. Like I was saying earlier, it’s just growth. I’m just exploring different lanes and everything now. You know what I’m saying?

ONE37pm: You’re signed to YLS, but you had been working with Thug for a while before signing, what made you want to make that relationship official? 

T-SHYNE: We just naturally built a relationship and as he realized I was making music he was like, “bro you dope.” That’s really what it was. 

ONE37pm: Artists oftentimes have to plot those types of things out like “I have this relationship, how can I make it more official?”, but with you, it was an organic thing. How did that feel? 

T-SHYNE: Man, it was just dope. Like I said, that’s like family. I wasn’t expecting anything, so just having somebody like him wanting to sign me was just amazing.

ONE37pm: Tell us about what inspired the “Feed The Fam” initiative, where you gave out free meals to families in need in The Bronx? 

T-SHYNE: Just living in the Bronx and being around the people and community. I feel like the Bronx is one of those boroughs that people kind of forget about. And it’s a beautiful place really. When I was there I didn’t really have much going on. I was down bad, really broke. So just to be able to give back felt good. I know how it was for me out there.  

ONE37pm: You’re also doing one in California. Is this something you’ll continue to do moving forward? 

T-SHYNE: I definitely want to keep doing it and continue to bring that love to different communities. 

ONE37pm: You were born in Granada, spent time in the Bronx, and made a name for yourself in ATL — how has spending time in these very different environments shaped your sound? 

T-SHYNE: It’s just experience. Like if you’re just in one place all the time, what you may talk about and see is just going to be different from when you’re just all over. The vibe in the Bronx is going to be different from the vibe in Atlanta or the Hamptons or LA. So you know it just brings me into a lot of different vibes. And it’s something dope when I create. 

ONE37pm: You’re active in the NFT space. 

T-SHYNE: Yeah, I’m definitely rocking with it. I think it’s great. If you don’t know anything about it I would say just do your research first. A lot of people just jump into it and think it’s going to be some quick money. That’s not necessarily the game. Sometimes you might hold on to it for a year and the next thing you know it just blows up. It just depends. Some things will go up right away, but not everything. 

ONE37pm: How did you get introduced to NFTs? 

T-SHYNE: My boy had actually told me about it. He was trying to put this thing together. That was the first time I heard about it. I didn’t know much about it. But I started becoming interested. And then I did my own research. Then I realized this was a good space to get into.

ONE37pm: What’s one thing you want listeners to take away from Confetti Nights

T-SHYNE: I just want them to hear the whole story. I want them to see from rookie year to the final year. To see the story and the come-up, because with a lot of things I’m talking about they can understand where I came from. I get personal on a lot of songs. It’s like a reintroduction type of vibe. Get to know me. After that let’s just go crazy.