May 24, 2018

2001: Moments That Moved the Culture [VIDEO]

Summer Jam
2001: Moments That Moved the Culture [VIDEO]

The concert that marks the unofficial start of the sunny season, is right around the corner. June 10th Metlife stadium will be packed to the brim with music lovers from near and far, attending the biggest, all hip-hop concert in the world, Summer Jam 2018.


As we gear up to celebrate the 25th anniversary of a cultural phenomenon, let’s take a look at the impactful events that happened during the years of Summer Jam’s past.


From a Brooklyn boy solidifying his position at the top of the rap game to the premature loss of an R&B princess, we’re taking a look at a few key reasons why 2001 was a memorable year.

Let’s start off with the first National Hip-Hop Summit: “Taking Back Responsibility”, that took place in right here, in NYC. A-list artists, alongside politicians and religious leaders, were all in attendance for this groundbreaking affair. 


Unforgettable speeches were made by many, including some very poignant words from the legendary hip-hop activist, Chuck D. Watch as he breaks down the issues and political empowerment, of the most powerful genre in the world.


2001: Hip-Hop Summit

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  • 2001 Hip Hop Summit
  • Chuck D on C-SPAN. Hip Hop Summit 2001

2001 Hip Hop Summit



And then there was HOV.

Jay-Z explains the blueprint to his success.

Jay-Z’s appearance, on the 2001 Summer Jam stage was definitely a climactic moment in his career. It cemented the status of the rapper from Marcy Projects as the King of New York. 


Jigga debuted songs from, his now legendary album, The Blueprint; one of the most memorable being “The Takeover.” Jay also made Summer Jam history when he brought on stage, music icon, Michael Jackson.




Below, check out captured moments, that only Summer Jam could deliver. 

Summer Jam 2001

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Summer Jam 2001

Photos of Summer Jam 2001


Then of course, in 2001 we will never forget the heartbreaking loss of Hip-Hop’s princess, the people’s “baby girl”, Aaliyah. 


The R&B angel lost her life at the young age of 22, one month after releasing her third and final album. The “At Your Best” singer was in the Bahamas shooting a music video for her hit single “Rock the Boat” and was killed in a plane crash, aboard a flight off the island. The pilot flying the plane was unlicensed.


Losing Aaliyah that year, had a major effect on the Hip Hop community, affecting many very deeply, including taking a major toll on her boyfriend at the time, Damon Dash. 

Scroll through the memories and see why Aaliyah will forever be Hip Hop’s princess, in our hearts.



2001: Aaliyah

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  • Aaliyah CBS Interview
  • Aaliyah interview (July, 2001)
  • Aaliyah Interview on MTV Jams February 1995 with Bill Bellamy

Aaliyah CBS Interview


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