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Hot 97’s Summer Jam 2013 Recap & Performances By Kendrick Lamar, Lil Kim, Fab, Nicki Minaj, French Montana & More

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New York’s Hot 97′s Summer Jam 2013 returned this year for their 20th anniversary at New Jersey’s Met Life Stadium and yours truly (Don Bleek) was in the press booth reporting/blogging live. Artists including Joe Budden, Miguel, Wale, Chris Brown, Fabolous, Wu-Tang Clan, 2 Chainz, A$AP Rocky, Kendrick Lamar and this year’s headliner French Montana all performed on the main stage. Tons of surprise guests such as Lil Kim, Meek Mill, Nicki Minaj, Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, Sean Kingston and more also performed at last night’s event.

Celebrating Hot 97′s Summer Jam 20th anniversary, the main event started at 6:30 p.m. with Dirty Jerz rapper Joe Budden. He took the stage in a denim shirt and camo pants paired with Timberland boots. Budden performed tracks including “Pump It Up,” “She Don’t Put It Dow” Ft. Tank who was one of his special guests. Budden also brought out his Slaughterhouse comrade, Joell Ortiz during his set.

After Budden exited the stage, Miguel sexed it up for the ladies. He performed his chart-topping and Grammy Award winning single “Adore” and other tracks off his latest album, Kaleidoscope Dream. Miguel brought out Roc Nation’s rapper J. Cole for “Power Trip,” which will appear on J. Cole’s upcoming album, Born Sinner. The album arrives June 18. Before ending his segment, Miguel pulled out Mariah Carey for “Beautiful“.

D.C.’s Wale was next up to the plate. He opened his set with “Lotus Flower Bomb,” followed by “Lightout” and “Bad“. Wale also brought out his MMG partner Meek Mill who performed “Imma Boss,”House Party” and “It’s Levels To This S**t”.

Chris Brown followed with an amazing performance. He kicked off his segment with “Beautiful People“. Brown was one of my favorite performers of the night. His choreography and singing was on point.  He added some Caribbean flavor to his set by bringing out Sean Kingston for “Beat It“. Brown closed out his set with “Ready,” bringing out Fabolous.

After performing “Ready” with Chris Brown, Fab continued his set by performing “Body Ya,” “Killin Em,” and “Life Is So Exciting,” bringing out Pusha T who also performed his verse to “I Don’t Like“. Fab showed hometown pride by bringing out Lil Kim. She performed “Queen B***h” off her debut album, Hard CoreLil Kim’s long-time rival Foxy Brown was also backstage and it is rumored that she was supposed to join Fab on stage; however his set was cut short. It is also being reported that something went wrong with Foxy’s earpiece. Fab also brought out Meek Mill for their Dreamchasers collabo, “Racked Up Shorty.”

Legendary Hip-Hop duo Wu Tang Clan held it down for all the real Hip-Hop fans. They performed a lot of their 90’s era tracks. The Wu woke up the new school and gave us a classic lesson on real Hip-Hop.

2 Chainz brought his Atlanta style to NJ/NY by performing cuts from his debut Based On A Tru Story. He surprised the crowd by bringing out YMCMB’s femcee Nicki Minaj for “I Love Dem Strippers” and “Beez In The Trap“. Before leaving the stage, 2 Chainz premiered his new single, “Feds Watching“.

A$AP Rocky and his Harlem A$AP Mob invaded Summer Jam. Rocky took the stage and performed various cuts from his Long.Live.A$AP debut album. He brought out old skool rap duo, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony’s Layzie Bone, Bizzy Bone and Wishbone for “Thuggish Ruggish Bone.” A$AP Ferg also performed his “Work (Remix)” with Trinidad James and ScHoolboy Q.

NY/NJ showed West coast rapper Kendrick Lamar a lot of love last night at Met Life. K. Dot along with his Black Hippy crew held it down. K. Dot still commanded the stage in the pouring rain. He ran through cuts off his debut, good kid, m.A.A.D city. He called on Jay Rock, Ab-Soul and ScHoolboy Q during his almost 30-minutes set. Jay-Z was backstage with Beyoncé and it is rumored that he was supposed to come out with either Kendrick or Fabolous, but I don’t really know what happened.

This year’s headliner, French Montana closed out the show. Unfortunately, his set was cut short, very short, it only lasted nine-minutes. According to Hot 97’s PD, Ebro, the heavy rain cut French’s set. However he did managed to perform a medley of his club bangers before being joined by Rick Ross and Lil Wayne for “Pop That.” As soon as he got into, “Ain’t Worried Bout Nothing,” his set was cut.

Special thanks to Hot 97 and Emmis Media for the press passes. I really enjoy this year’s show and I am looking forward to the next one. Until 2014, God Bless and have a great/safe summer.

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Draya Photo’d At Hot 97’s Summer Jam 2013 With Lil Kim, A$AP Rocky, Kendrick Lamar, Rick Ross, Ace Hood & More

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Over this past weekend, Model-turned- reality star Draya Michele attended New York’s Hot 97′s  Summer Jam 20th anniversary concert at New Jersey’s Met Life Stadium. She was photo’d backstage and in the lounge area with Lil Kim, A$AP Rocky, Kendrick Lamar, Rick Ross, French Montana, Ace Hood, DJ Khaled and Trinidad James. For the occasion, the BBWLA standout star kept it casual in a blue printed two piece short suit accessorized with $280 now $169 Givenchy Embossed Rubber Grommet Sandals and a black Chanel bag.

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Draya and A$AP Rocky

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Draya and Kendrick Lamar

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Draya, French Montana, Rick Ross, Ace Hood, DJ Khaled and others

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Draya and Trinidad James

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Yours truly (Don Bleek) was also at Summer Jam. I was in the press booth reporting/blogging live. Below are some of my recaps. More to come!

1. ‘HOT 97 Summer Jam 2013 Live Blog’ here!

2. Lil Kim & Nicki Minaj Perform At Hot 97′s Summer Jam 2013! Foxy Brown Spotted Backstage… Read the original story here!

3. Summer Jam 2013 Fashion: Wale In DRKSHDM By Rick Owens, Pusha T’s Balenciaga Sneakers & A$AP Rocky In A HBA Shirt; Read the original story here!

Photos Credit: Draya’s Instagram

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Get The Look: Wale In A $700 Givenchy Madonna-Print Cotton-Jersey Tee-Shirt & Timberland Boots

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Wale continues to style in upscale designers! He uploaded a photo of himself to his Instagram account. The MMG rapper dressed in a $700 Givenchy Madonna-Print Cotton-Jersey Tee-Shirt paired with dark denim jeans. Wale topped off his outfit with $180 Timberland boots which can be purchase at Nordstrom. This tee features striking images of the Madonna made its SS13 collection and you can get it at Mr. Porter. Rapper Ace Hood also wore this shirt hereWale’s third album, The Gifted will hit music retailers on June 25 via MMG/Atlantic Records. So, what is your verdict on Wale’s outfit?

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Photos Credit: Wale’s Instagram | Mr. Porter

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When Did She Wear It Better? Angela Simmons In $1,086 Versace 160MM Mirrored Leather Pumps

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On two different occasions, Reality star-turned-business mogul Angela Simmons was spotted wearing a pair of $1,086 Versace 160MM Mirrored Leather Pumps from the brand’s Spring/Summer 2013 Collection. In the pic above, she paired her pumps with denim overall shorts. In the pic below, Angela wore a black & white ensemble with her pumps. If you’re interested in buying these Versace pumps, they are available at Luisaviaroma. When did Angela wear her Versace pumps better?

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Photos Credit: Angela’s Instagram |Luisaviaroma

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Summer Jam 2013 Fashion: Wale In DRKSHDM By Rick Owens, Pusha T’s Balenciaga Sneakers & A$AP Rocky In A HBA Shirt

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Last night Sunday (June 2), New York’s Hot 97′s Summer Jam 20th anniversary concert took place at New Jersey’s Met Life Stadium and yours truly (Don Bleek) was in the press booth reporting/blogging live. Celebs came out looking their best. MMG’s Wale rocked a pair of $600 now $420 DRKSHDM by Rick Owens Cargo Pants which features cargo-pockets & contrast fabric paneling, covered waistband with drawstring, slit pockets on the sides, patch pockets on the back, dropped crotch and tapered legs. Wale completed his outfit with a black tee-shirt, hoodie and Air Jordan sneakers. You can get Wale’s Rick Owens cargo pants at La Garconne.

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G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam rapper Pusha T joined Fabolous for “Life Is So Exciting“. He also rapped his verse to “I Don’t Like“. Pusha styled in a white tee-shirt and grey sweats paired with Balenciaga patchwork high top sneakers (shown in another color above). You can get these sneakers at Barneys for $595.

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Harlem’s fashionable rap trendsetter A$AP Rocky hit the stage to perform some of his biggest hits and tracks off his debut album, Long.Live.A$AP. During his segment, Rocky wore a Hood By Air tee-shirt from the brand’s Fall/Winter 2013 Collection. Rocky paired his shirt with white Lanvin sweatpants and Nike Air Force Ones sneakers.

More recaps below:

1. ‘HOT 97 Summer Jam 2013 Live Blog’ here!

2. Lil Kim & Nicki Minaj Perform At Hot 97’s Summer Jam 2013! Foxy Brown Spotted Backstage… Read the original story here!

Stay tuned to YDBR for more coverage, updates and a full recap.

Photos Credit: Miss Info | Crook Robbins | Instagram

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Lil Kim & Nicki Minaj Perform At Hot 97’s Summer Jam 2013! Foxy Brown Spotted Backstage

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Last night Sunday (June 2), marked the 20th anniversary of New York’s Hot 97’s Summer Jam concert. The event took place at New Jersey’s Met Life Stadium and yours truly (Don Bleek) was in the press booth reporting/blogging live.

A lot of artists performed and even brought out tons of surprise guests, but one of the biggest highlights of the night was when the ladies took the stage.

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Def Jam’s Fabolous kept it Brooklyn and brought out Lil Kim. Not only did the Queen Bee stunned the crowd, but she also put on a good performance. Fans were very excited to see the legendary femcee rocking the stage. Lil Kim’s long-time rival Foxy Brown was also backstage and it is rumored that she was supposed to join Fab on stage; however his set was cut short. It is also being reported that something went wrong with Foxy’s earpiece.

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If that’s not enough, YMCMB’s femcee Nicki Minaj joined 2 Chainz for “I Love Dem Strippers” and “Beez In The Trap“. Before exiting the stage, Minaj hugged Hot 97’s morning show host Peter Rosenberg. They finally ended their 2012 summer jam beef.

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Read my ‘HOT 97 Summer Jam 2013 Live Blog here!

Stay tuned to YDBR for more coverage, updates and a full recap.

Photos Credit: Miss InfoCrook Robbins | Instagram

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