Celebrities who have hosted Saturday Night Live at least five times are inducted into the “Five-Timers Club." And in that spirit, with Hot 97’s annual Summer Jam concert coming up on Sunday, June 11, we’ve decided to honor performers who have made the most repeat appearances with an induction into what we (not Hot 97) are calling the Summer Jam Diamond Club.
For dedicated hip-hop fans, Summer Jam is a staple. Every year since '94, it's been one of the most anticipated cultural events of the season. Ahead of the 13th annual summer classic, we're highlighting the elite and dedicated performers who have hit the stage at least three times.
By Abdiel Bermudez
Jay Z has stormed the Summer Jam Stage four times, even making a cameo during Kanye West's set in 2005. Most recently, he made a surprise appearance during Jeezy's 2009 performance. But his most famous set was in 2001 when he dissed Prodigy and Mobb Deep (with an extra half a bar for Nas) on "Takeover," and then proceeded to bring Michael Jackson on stage. Performances: 1999, 2001, 2005, 2009.
After setting records with his debut album Get Rich or Die Tryin' in 2003, 50 Cent hit the Summer Jam stage three times, as well as appearing as a special guest with Chris Brown in 2015. Performances: 2003, 2004, 2014, 2015.
Jadakiss—one third of the legendary Yonkers trio the Lox—has hit the stage in one form or another nine times since 1997. Performances: 1997 (with the Lox) 1998 (with the Lox) 1999 (with the Lox) 2000 (with the Lox) 2004, 2005, 2008 as special guest (with the Lox), 2009, 2015 (with the Lox).
What would hip-hop be today without DJ Khaled's hits? Despite the fact that "they" didn't want him to do it, Khaled has performed at Summer Jam a remarkable seven times. Performances: 2008 (with T-Pain), 2009 (with T-Pain), 2010, 2011 (with Rick Ross), 2013 (with French Montana), 2016, 2017.