It could easily have been Elephant Man on parade inside the the Giants Stadium in New Jersey, at the annual Hot 97 Summer Jam held on June 7.

It was 12 minutes of high, irrepressible energy, teasing punch lines, and riveting dance moves as Ele paraded his dancing skills and his lyrical prowess to a wide cross section of fans inside the stadium.

A colourful Elephant Man entered centrestage at about 7:30 pm, right after the fellow dancehall act, Mavado, made his exit. He opened his set with one of his many hit tunes that have locked the place, Bad Man Forward and, not surprisingly, had the Giants Stadium rocking. Trying to get in as much as possible within the time allotted, the Energy God touched on the chorus of hit songs such as Gully Creeper, Jook Gal, and Sweep and left the dancehall loving crowd wanting more.

And, of course, he left them with Nuh Linga on their minds as he used this anthem, complete with dance moves, to close his set.

Among the other international acts who performed on Hot 97 Summer Jam were Mary J. Blige, T-Pain, The Dream — who performed after Ele — Young Jeezy, JadaKiss, Jim Jones and Juelz Santana.

Elephant Man is one of the big name acts confirmed to perform at Reggae Sumfest Dancehall Night in Montego Bay on Thursday July 23.


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