Skip to content

Stub Heaven: The Review And The Stub To Prove It: Summer Jam 1997 With Wu, Jay Z, Aaliyah And More

This was the fourth Summer Jam – Hut 97’s legendary round up of the biggest stars in hip hop, and the second I’d been too. All the way in Jersey’s Meadowlands. Soon they would move it across the street from the 20K capacity to the 80K capacity Giants Stadium and it currently resides at MetLife. I would go every year till around 2005, when they moved it to a Sunday and the scene got too crazed to be dealt with.

So why am I writing about this one?

Not because of the line-up, that it very well could have been:

Wu-Tang Clan
Jay-Z
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony
P. Diddy
Mary J. Blige
Mase
112
The Lox
Faith Evans
Lil’ Kim
Foxy Brown
Blackstreet
Heavy D.
Aaliyah

Breathtaking, right. It’s hard to know where to begin with it, Aaliyah (am I the only guy to have seen her twice before her way too early death?), two of Biggies exes and Foxy Brown circa Ill Na Na, Hova pushing  Vol 2… Hard Knock Life, plus Puff Daddy, Mary J, and on and on. A masterpiece of a line up with 90s hip hop superstardom in its DNA and enough good reasons to remember it… but not the best.

The best  reason to remember it was  Wu Tang Clan, not riding that high on Forever, taking down the radio station who curated the show for not playing their music. The Wu were on tour in Europe with Rage Against The Machine when the call came out they were headlining Summer Jam on June 7th, forced to return to the States or get blackballed, they returned on their own dime to play for a radio station that didn’t play em so much,  and they were mad as hell. I though it was Ol’ Dirty Bastart who blew up, and but according to Inspectah Deck, who probably remembers it better than I do, Ghostface Killah got on the mic and said “fuck Hut 97, fuck Angie Martinez” and lead the audience in cussing em out. The result: Hut 97 wouldn’t play Wu Tang or any of their nine members for FIFTEEN YEARS.

A great evening, maybe the best Summer Jam I’ve seen (or maybe that one with Dre, Eminem, Jay Z and Snoop), and only one of two times I saw ODB so I remember that, that and Wu Tang shouting out KISS-FM!

Leave a Comment





Amazon_Smile_logo
LET-ME-HELP-LOGO

Support Let Me Help Inc by shopping at smile.amazon.com

US Top 10 Singles Dated October 30th, 2021

By Iman Lababedi | October 26, 2021 |

too on the nose

Sneak Peaks: Upcoming Album Releases 10-29-21 – 11-4-21

By Iman Lababedi | October 26, 2021 |

into rock god land

Adele Performed In Front Of A Crowd Of Celebrities At Griffith Observatory On Sunday

By Alyson Camus | October 26, 2021 |

The venue is deeply symbolic

Rock Star Review – ARO Rose “Tarrant”

By Meredith Grant | October 25, 2021 |

Rock Star Review – ARO Rose “Tarrant”

The Monkees Micky Dolenz & Mike Nesmith’s Farewell Tour At The Town Hall, Sunday, October 24th, 2021, Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | October 25, 2021 |

Micky carried Mike for two hours, paid tribute to the Country Americana pop song writers skills, and made certain Nez looked swell

US Top 10 Albums Dated October 30th, 2021

By Iman Lababedi | October 25, 2021 |

a lame 94K EAUs

Matt Whipkey’s New Album, “Hard,” Reviewed

By Alyson Camus | October 25, 2021 |

“Hard” begs for a live show

Meek Mill At Madison Square Garden, Saturday, October 23rd, 2021, Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | October 24, 2021 |

he had something to prove and didn’t

Elton John’s “The Lockdown Sessions” Reviewed

By Jack Phillips | October 24, 2021 |

“Elton in the house!” 

L.A. Burning, West Coast Concert Picks October 25th To 31st

By Alyson Camus | October 24, 2021 |

Moses Sumney plays two shows at the Ford

Scroll To Top