Jay-Z’s 2001 Hot 97 Summer Jam performance at Nassau Coliseum was epic on several levels. The infamous Prodigy diss, the debut of “Takeover," and the iconic appearance of the King of Pop are all huge moments in popular culture. Snippets of this footage have existed online for the last 21 years, but the entire performance has not been available until yesterday (April 12). The YouTube account HipHopVCR uploaded the “recorded in front of television footage” much to the delight of many Hip-Hop fans.
Although audio of the full performance has been available previously, the 57 minutes of video was a definite treat.
Highlights of the footage include Jay’s big screen projection of Mobb Deep’s Prodigy adorned in dance gear from a childhood photo – the source of Jay’s line “Don’t be the next contestant on that Summer jam screen” from “The Takeover”. The thunderous applause after Jay says “Ask Nas, he don’t want it with Hov” (from “The Takeover” as well) is also a standout moment. The most iconic moment of the performance is near the end when Jay brings out a shy Michael Jackson, who walks out on stage with security and says simply: “I love you all very much” and walks off after a photo opp with Jay. It was an iconic moment, and a great ending to a legendary performance.
The most iconic moment of the performance is near the end when Jay brings out a shy Michael Jackson.
The HipHopVCR YouTube account is a treasure trove of early 2000s Hip-Hop video footage including an MTV interview with Jay about his travel movements post 911, Nas explaining "Got Yourself A Gun" and a Lil Kim interview about a possible "Supremes reunion" with Kim, Mary J. Blige and Motown legend Diana Ross. That trio famously took the stage at the 1998 MTV VMAs and Ms. Ross "jiggled" Kim's breast on television. A reunion has never come to fruition.
Thanks HipHopVCR! Check the full performance below!