Minaj also performed on a stage where her enemies were also present: Her fellow and former “American Idol” judge, Mariah Carey, was in the building, as was Lil Kim, who feuded with Minaj when the rapper came on the music scene.
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TOO YOUNG TO APPRECIATE?
Wu-Tang Clan, who also celebrated 20 years in music Sunday, showed no signs of slowing down with a set that felt both fresh and nostalgic. Too bad the crowd didn’t think so.
The young audience grew excited during small parts of the rap group’s set, and Ghostface Killah, Method Man, RZA, Raekwon and the other members seemed to notice.
“All we ask is that the energy we give to you, give it back to us,” Method Man told the crowd.
“I think New York forgot about us a little, man,” RZA said later.
Despite the some of the crowd’s disinterest in the veteran group, they blazed the stage, performing jams like “Wu-Tang Clan Ain’t Nuthing ta (Expletive) Wit,” ”Da Mystery of Chessboxin'” and “C.R.E.A.M.”
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HIP-HOP’S COUSIN: THE R&B TREATS
Summer Jam is a rapper’s show, but R&B held its own, thanks to Miguel and Chris Brown.
Miguel was silky, performing hits like “Sure Thing,” ”How Many Drinks” and “Adorn” — all as the crowd sang along. He earned more points when he brought out diva Mariah Carey to sing her new single, “Beautiful,” where he is featured.
Brown, who has rapped on some of his songs, was bold when he hit the stage: He started with the European-flavored “Beautiful People,” where he was backed with futuristic dancers and Auto-Tune. The crowd didn’t fist pump, but they were pumped.
Brown was quick on his feet when performing “Fine China” and slowed things down for “Don’t Judge Me.” And while he first wore a Yankees jersey, he took it off to sing — wait for it — his R&B hit “Strip.”