A$AP Ferg, Joey Bada$$, Bodega Bamz + More Increase the Heat at Summer Jam XX Festival Village Stage [Exclusive Photos]
Before the likes of A$AP Rocky, Kendrick Lamar and Wu Tang Clan took the Summer Jam XX main stage at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., hip-hop's rising stars gave fans who decided to attend the Festival Village event earlier a good show and more of a reason to party it up on a blazing hot Sunday afternoon.
While most of the Festival Village's acts were based in New York, Hot 97 couldn't help but invite Los Angeles' Kid Ink to the stage. "I wanted to show you some West Coast love," he said before doing crowd-pleasing 'Bom Bom.' "Where my real smokers in the building?"
Although it was clear he was a crowd favorite, the stadium's parking lot really erupted once Ink pulled off his shirt -- to cool off and probably entice the ladies -- during his performance of 'Money and Power.'
Troy Ave might have kept his clothes on, but he and his BSB crew riled up the crowd with their well-known 'Powder to the People' movement. While giving high-energy performances of 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang' and 'Shame,' he made sure to show his community spirit by passing out red Solo cups to the crowd, which were then filled with Ciroc, as well as tossed bags of dollar bills into the crowd. Now that's really giving back.
Bodega Bamz seemed to be the least known artist to grace yesterday's stage, but that didn't take away from his spirit, as he and his Tanboys walked out in front of the crowd with flags flying high -- Dominican, Puerto Rican and tan, of course.
Although there were naysayers who were unfamiliar with his Latino-rooted spitting, he made sure to put it all out there with songs like 'Trap Lords,' 'Navy' and 'P.A.P.I.,' using congas to add to the Latin trap sound. He paid homage to the Notorious B.I.G. and Big Pun, enticing hip-hop fans to chant their names during his set, and wrapped up with his Celia Cruz-sampled track, 'Don Francisco.'
Between sets, the radio station wanted to make sure to bring out more new and unknown talent with a number of rap battle rounds, where the ultimate winner would get a record deal with Duck Down Records.
Vinny Cha$e followed Bamz, performing his hit, 'Work It,' among others, and got all the Harlem fans screaming. Joey Bada$$ kept energies up with 'Snakes' and 'Survival Tactics.' What made his set even more exciting is that he was joined by fellow Festival Village performer Smoke DZA, who was dressed in all white, complete with a furry bathrobe.
"I don't know if you know, but I'm a professional pothead," he announced, which set the tone for his set that included 'Roll Up, Pour Up.'
A$AP Ferg was clearly the crowd favorite as the asphalt seemed to rumble with everyone jumping. With the official announcement of his album, 'Trap Lord,' releasing on Aug. 20, the fans' energy seemed to hit its peak during his set. The Harlem rapper performed popular tracks like 'I F---ed Your Bitch' and 'Work.'
One of his hype men even tossed himself into the crowd of high-flying hands, surfing above fans' heads. Ferg also moved through a new track off his forthcoming LP to end his set, which he didn't name, choosing to spit the verses a cappella because he wasn't in favor of the faulty sound.
After having a moment of silence for Hot 97's Chris Nadler, who came up with the Festival Village stage and passed away shortly after last year's Summer Jam, Action Bronson took the stage. Walking in with his rolling suitcase to Whitney Houston's 'I Wanna Dance with Somebody,' the rapper knew that the time was cutting it close to the main show. "You don't like Whitney Houston?" he asked. "I'm gonna rap for you then go home."
Performing 'Live from Kissena Blvd' along with his other big hits, the Queens-based rapper got up close and personal with the fans and did the rest of his set within the crowd. The sun's heat was beating down on the pavement surrounding him, but that didn't stop the jestful rapper from breaking a sweat to spit cypher style with a massive crowd around him. He propped himself up on a platform in the middle of the parking lot to continue his brand of raps, never needing to catch his breath once.
Check out photos of performances from Summer Jam XX Festival Village stage below.