New Jersey is really on the rise with talent across the board right now, from producers to rappers, singers, writers, DJs…the list goes on. Last night was set to be such a big night for all of the above, as Hot 97‘s monthly ‘Who’s Next Live’ showcase featured an all-Jersey lineup, headlined by “Trap Queen” rapper Fetty Wap, “Back Up On It” rapper Dougie F. and “Yeah, OK” rapper Kazzie.
Unfortunately, though some of the opening acts like Signature, DJ Frosty and Chad B. were able to perform, the venue was shut down after only an hour due to over-capacity issues and trouble at the door. It got so bad at one point, Fetty wasn’t even able to get in!
New Jersey legends Naughty By Nature were in the building to support, and upon the police calling the event off, Treach grabbed the microphone and ended up giving a 30-minute speech about unity, police brutality, Jersey being slighted and more. He kept it quite peaceful, however, and I do commend the venue and the police for allowing him to say what he had to say. It was a pretty powerful moment!
Shout out to JERSEY for showing New York and Hot 97 just how strong we are as a unit, and why we’re definitely going to need a bigger venue in the VERY near future. Shout out to Drewski for holding down the hosting duties, Deanni for putting it all together, Mike Zombie and his crew who came out from deep in South Jersey (only to pull up as it shut down – damn!), Joe Budden who was there in spirit and quite upset that he missed it, and everyone else who had a part in making Who’s Next history last night. The line spanned over 2 blocks! Jerz – we on!
Check out a few videos from the night over at XXL.