Yesterday marked the 23rd annual Summer Jam concert from Hot 97, and another epic night for the record books! I was frazzled for a majority of the show because I signed up to work, and was assigned to handle all things Fetty Wap and Ty Dolla $ign…which sounded fun in theory, but DAMN it was a lot of work! Needless to say, I missed about 90% of things that happened – and that includes all that drama outside. My mother actually was texting me in a panic making sure I was okay, and I had to ask her what she was talking about because we were calmly sitting around sharing “deez nuts” jokes backstage at the time. LOL! It’s a shame a few bad apples attempted to spoil the whole bunch, but they ultimately didn’t – as the show went on inside without incident, and for the tens of thousands that did get in, it was an amazing time!
SO much went on behind-the-scenes and on the stage, so I’ll start from the beginning at the Festival Stage.
What could this be, what could this be! Okay well…I actually know, but I’m not at liberty to say just yet. I’m sure you guys can imagine just how excited I was when my favorite artist (Ty Dolla $ign) linked up with my favorite newcomer (DeJ Loaf) and one of my looongtime favorite rappers (Ms. Martin) on set in NYC yesterday. It’s dope to see established artists embracing a burgeoning one, and with the way “Try Me” is blowing up right now, I can see DeJ being around for a long time to come. (If you missed my interview with DeJ, check it out here to get to know her a little better!)
“What Just Happened? @therealremyma @tydollasign?” DeJ teased on Instagram. “Can Y’all Guess? #TryUs.” Remy posted a similar caption as well:
TRY ME!!! Nothing but genuine luv for @dejloaf and @tydollasign #WeAround #RemyMa
FYI – there are hints all in both of their captions…but you’ll just have to wait and see what it is! More pics below.
23-year-old Detroit native DeJ Loaf is experiencing a whirlwind right now, thanks to her song that so sweetly sings about catching bodies and leaving a b*tch n*gga’s head in pasta, “Try Me.” Released on her SoundCloud account in late July just for the hell of it, the pint-sized rapper/singer never dreamed that it would have her in New York City a mere 2 months later, discussing her reaction to Drake quoting it on Instagram or the likes of Wiz Khalifa and her favorite, E-40, hopping on for the remixes. But it has, and now DeJ is gearing up for the ride of her life. Backstage at Hot 97‘s ‘Who’s Next’ showcase for Mila J, Adrian Marcel and BJ The Chicago Kid on Thursday night, I caught up with lil’ DeJ to discuss her upbringing, her style, why the video for “Try Me” was so monumental, what we can expect next…and why you shouldn’t classify her as a singer. Get the full 411 on one of my favorite new artists below!