Hot 97's Summer Jam 2014

For the third year in a row, I had the pleasure of being on, New York radio station, Hot 97's staff for the biggest hip-hop concert in the world. Yes, in the world. Working Summer Jam is one of the highlights of my summers. The lineup is always amazing, the road trip aspect is fun, and the photo content is great for my portfolio.

This year, I was excited to see some of the newer acts, on the festival stage. In particular, Jhene Aiko, Childish Gambino, and Iggy Azalea. I hadn't seen Jhene in a long time, and it was my first time seeing Gambino and Iggy. 


I had the chance to meet Snoop Dogg, Daz Dillinger, the Lox, Ty Dolla Sign, and August Alsina. Many of the performers, I had already met, so it was good to run into them again.

The popular sneaker website, Nicekicks, who's a big supporter, posted a recap of Summer Jam 2014 using my photos, for their "Celebrity Sneaker Stalker" feature.

I posted a photo of Jhene Aiko and Nipsey Hussle, backstage at the festival stage, on my instagram and Jhene happened to stumble upon it, and hit the "Like" button, and her fans followed suit. My normal like-count runs anywhere from 75-100. This post reach about 3,100+ likes. Pretty cool, right?

Instagram post screen capture of Nipsey Hussle and Jhene Aiko, backstage at Summer Jam 2014's festival stage. 

As the night progressed, and my memory cards filled up, the bigger acts were starting to hit the stage. This year, I had plenty of fast (1,000x) memory cards on deck. I was determined to not make the mistake I made last year, with my memory cards. For SJ13 I did not have any fast cards in my camera bag, and I barely had enough cards, in general. It was the very last 5 minutes of the show, and out comes rapper Lil Wayne, with a lot of energy. I had just inserted my last memory card, which was slow as ever. I was shooting in rapid succession, all the while, my poor memory card is choking, and recording data at it's own pace. Epic fail. My Lil Wayne photos were terrible. See Rule #15 of my 24 Music Festival Photography Tips.

I am totally satisfied with how things went this year, and hope to have an even better workflow next year.