Hot 97 Summer Jam is NYC hip-hop, okay? Yes, it’s held in New Jersey, but this annual highlight of concerts and summer music festivals is as accurate a survey as you’re likely to find of what’s soundtracking Gotham. Sponsored by local rap-radio standard-bearer Hot 97, Summer Jam includes some of the biggest names in hip-hop and has featured some of the genre’s most iconic names at the peak of their fame: Wu-Tang in ’94, Biggie in ’95, Fugees in ’96—and the list goes on. Read on for the full scoop on this quintessential New York happening, and be sure to check out our guide to concerts in NYC for more hip-hop artists and other great live acts coming to town.
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What is Hot 97 Summer Jam?
Hosted by local hip-hop radio champ Hot 97, this annual blowout unites hip-hop’s biggest names with notable up-and-comers. Hot 97 Summer Jam, entering its 25th year, is a bellwether for hip-hop and pop at large, often booking notable acts at the height of their powers. Miss the yearly celebration and risk being left out of the loop.
When is Hot 97 Summer Jam?
Hot 97 Summer Jam takes place on Sunday, June 10, 2018.
Where is Hot 97 Summer Jam?
MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ—home of both the Giants and the Jets. Assuming you are carless, take NJ Transit from Penn Station to Secaucus Junction, then take the Meadowlands Rail Line to the venue.
Who is playing Hot 97 Summer Jam?
This year's festival is headlined by Kendrick Lamar and features Lil Wayne, Swizz Beatz & Friends, Tory Lanez, A$AP Ferg, Remy Ma, A Boogie and more. Its smaller festival stage is set to feature Famous Dex, Jay Critch, Don Q and Snoopy Dinero.