May 29, 2018

2006: The Year Hip-Hop Met Pop and Atlanta Came Back [VIDEO]

Summer Jam
2006: The Year Hip-Hop Met Pop and Atlanta Came Back [VIDEO]
(Photo by Theo Wargo/WireImage)

After a lyrical East Coast/West Coast battle (that cost two rap legends their lives), hip-hop transitioned into music purgatory. Tupac and Biggie were gone, No Limit came and went, and St. Louis’ time in the spotlight was short-lived. So when the mid-2000s hit, the culture was a free for all and needed some guidance. Thus, a new genre of music was born and the Third Coast reemerged to take the stage. 

Hip-hop cut off its situationship status with pop and finally decided to define the relationship. Unexpected collaborations surfaced — like Brooke Hogan and Paul Wall’s “About Us” — and Chris Brown came out poppin’ and never looked back. 

2006 was quite the game-changer for hip-hop. 

Jamie Foxx proved he was unpredictable with his sophomore project; Nelly Furtado gained a completely new audience once they found out she was a promiscuous girl; T.I. was in the studio cranking out hits; Ne-Yo was finally ready to sing his story in his own words; and Jermaine Dupri introduced Dem Franchize Boyz to the culture. So the biggest brand in hip-hop brought New Yorkers, ATLiens, and anyone in between to Summer Jam to celebrate a new and defining era in music. 

The stars were certainly in the building, but everyone in music couldn’t hit the stage. So for those who remember the year in hip-hop — and for those who don’t — here’s a look at the hottest records to touch the airwaves and catapult the genre into a new direction.

Chamillionaire – “Ridin’”

Nelly feat. Paul Wall, Ali & Gipp – “Grillz” 

Chris Brown – “Run It!”

Nelly Furtado – “Promiscuous Girl” 

Eminem – “Shake That”

Busta Rhymes – “Touch It”

Pussycat Dolls – “Buttons”

Gnarls Barkley – “Crazy” 

Cassie – “Me & U”

T.I. – “What You Know”

Yung Joc – “I Know You See It” 

Three 6 Mafia – “Stay Fly”

Bubba Sparxxx – “Ms. New Booty”

Juelz Santana – “There It Go! (The Whistle Song)”

Dem Franchise Boyz – “I Think They Like Me”

Ciara feat. Chamillionaire – “Get Up” 

T.I. – “Why You Wanna” 

Jibbs – “Chain Hang Low”

D4L – “Laffy Taffy”

Young Dro – “Shoulder Lean (feat. T.I.)”

Chingy feat. Tyrese – “Pullin’ Me Back”

Yung Joc – “It’s Goin’ Down”

E-40 feat. T-Pain & Kandi Girl – “U and Dat”

Young Jeezy – “Soul Survivor”

Justin Timberlake – “Sexy Back”

Akon – “Smack That (feat. Eminem)”

Justin Timberlake – “My Love”

Lil Jon feat. E-40 and Sean Paul from YoungBloodz – “Snap Yo Fingers”  

Daddy Yankee – “Rompe”

Kelis – “Bossy”

Dam Franchize Boyz – “Lean Wit It, Rock Wit It”

Eminem – “When I’m Gone”

T-Pain – “I’m Sprung”

Kanye West – “Gold Digger”


Check out these vintage flicks from Summer Jam ’06 below.

Summer Jam 06 – Backstage

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SUMMER JAM 2006 – Backstage with legends in Hip Hop
Photo by: 
Ron Abernathy