This year marks the 20th annual Hot 97 Summer Jam, a staple of hip-hop that’s been around since the days when festivals largely ignored the genre and instead catered to bearded dudes noodling away on their guitars for interminable jam sessions. While Summer Jam isn’t as essential to rap fans now thanks to the vast options at festivals across the country, it’s still a landmark event for the genre every year.
Summer Jam XX takes place June 2 at MetLife Stadium with 2 Chainz, Kendrick Lamar, A$AP Rocky, Miguel, Chris Brown and more, plus Wu-Tang Clan will continue the reunion that started at Coachella last month. Pretty solid lineup, but there’s a rather conspicuous dearth of females on the roster — perhaps it’s fallout from last year, when Peter Rosenberg slammed Nicki Minaj and the Young Money crew pulled out? Considering it’s the 20th anniversary, though, there are bound to be more names and special performances thrown into the mix, so there’s hope yet for the femcees and their fans.