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EVENT RECAP: Jay-Z's Made in America Festival (Day 2) (Photos + Videos)

As we said in our Day 1 Recap, iSocialite had the awesome privilege of being apart of the first annual Made in America Music Festival in Philly, curated and headlined by Jay-Z. The Made in America festival had rainy, but overall fantastic finish Sunday night (Sept. 2nd)! Highlights of the night included Roc Nation Artist, Rita Ora, Santigold, Jill Scott, Run DMC, Odd Future, and Drake. We got all the details, with pictures and videos!

Rita Ora was the first act we were looking forward to seeing. With rain falling on the crowd, Ora, dressed like a thugged out version of Beyonce rocked out to her forthcoming debut album's single "How We Do (Party)" and "Hot Right Now." Even with the on and off again rain spouts, Rita Ora was able to win the crowd over and shut down the Liberty Stage, specifically with her closing hit “Party and B------.” I've never heard Rita Ora live before and it's clear to me now why Jay-Z signed her; the similitaries between her voice and Beyonce's were uncanning. Speaking of King Beysus, even though she didn't hit the stage last night as we expected, we spotted her a couple of times hang out around the festival. 

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Kicking off the main stage performers for Day 2 was Santigold with an energetic set that seemed to bring sunshine on a grey, rainy afternoon. Santi performed tracks from her latest project Master of My Make-Believe and well-known hits from her self-titled debut album. I loved how all the artists were giving shout outs to Jay-Z and Philly during their sets. It's definitely a great way to engage the crowd. Halfway through her set, she shouted out Philadelphia-based DJ/Producer Diplo. The catchy beat for her Major Lazer collab- Hold the Line began playing. She also had a costumed horse on stage. It's seems as though a lot of the records Santigold is on, her voice gets drowned out by the beat. Her voice sounds great and stands out a lot better live. Her performance incorporated a wide reach of genres, from dancehall and EDM elements to her dub-step/electro-pop. I'm sure she turned a lot of concert goers into fans. 

Next up on the Rocky Stage (the main stage aptly titled as it sits right in front of the Rocky statue and Art Museum steps) was Jill Scott. Jill Scott and the other soul R&B artists that performed during the weekend were so necessary in my opinion. You don't hear a lot of soul music on the radio anymore--not like you used to anyway. It was so refreshing to hear Jill Scott with her classic R&B style. Backed by a full band, including a horn section and deft percussion, Jill Scott commended the stage from the moment she started singing. The main thing I loved about Jill's performance is the fact that we just get music in it's most pure form, without all of the bells and whistles. Not too many artists today could solely rely on their vocals to move a crowd. Her powerful vocals, backed by what sounded like a live band on steroids was unstoppable. 

Jill Scott hyped the crowd up even more when she invited Philly native Eve on stage to perform her classic hit "Let Me Blow Ya Mind". One of the highlights was her performance of "He Loves Me (Lyzel In E Flat)." Jill made no errors. During a weekend that mainly consisted of new acts and a few classics, Jill Scott proved that classic soul and R&B will never go out of style and can move crowds of all ages. Before she performed "He Loves Me," she said "Made in a bathroom. Made in North Philly. Made at Greenfield Elementary. Made at Peters Elementary. Made at Girls High School. Made at Temple University. And Made right here on these streets. Do you still have love for Me Philly?" My response: Yes we do! 

Rap-Rock legends Run DMC also hit the stage, performing for the first time in over a decade. Under a video banner that read "Jam Master Jay Forever," the Queens natives represented very well and had the crowd rocking the whole time. Their 40-minute set included "It's Tricky", "It's Like That" and "My Adidas." Rev Run also spoke about the reasons behind the group's disappearance following the death of Jam Master Jay. "After his assassination ... we put a silence on the group," Run said. Jam Master Jay, Run DMC's longtime DJ, was fatally shot in 2002; The case remains unsolved. Run introduced Jay's sons T.J. Mizell and Jam Master J'Son who honored their father with "some beats." Afterward, Run said, "Jay, I know you're looking down from Heaven." Definitely a beatiful moment. I was so happy to see the crowd never stopped rocking out with Run DMC. Jay-Z definitely chose all of the right performers.
Immediately after Run DMC left the stage, another highlight of the night, Odd Future was preparing to tear up the Liberty Stage. I was in love with their energy on stage. It made it so enjoyable to watch and you couldn't be vibe off their energy. I think that's what makes their shows so live! OFWGKTA members Domo Genesis and Hodgy Beats were the first to hit the stage, performing a track from their MellowHype side project. Shortly after, Tyler the Creator, hit the stage and the crowd went crazy!  "We don't have much time on stage, so let's get this started," Tyler yelled at the crowd as they broke out in screams of excitement. They performed an almost speaker busting version of "French". Later in the set, Tyler debuted an unfinished song, claiming, "It's really calm." It definitely was far from calm and a mosh pit formed shortly after that song-- but still the crowd was calm compared to the stories I've heard at other Odd Future shows.  Earl Sweatshirt is definitely Odd Future's strongest lyricist and this was displayed during the performance of Bastard. It was incredible! Seeing them perform gave me a new appreciation for them as a collective. They all bring something different to the table, which gives them the power to be unstoppable.

Day 2 of the Made in America Festival was running amazingly on time just like Day 1. Next up on the Rocky Stage was Drake, who even came out 5 minutes early. His DJ, Future the DJ, set the stage for a super dope entrance! He got the show started with the Rick Ross-featured Take Care track "Lord Knows" and then segued into "Underground Kings." Drake also took as back to last summer performing his hook on DJ Khaled's anthem "I'm On One." Drake said "There's been a lot of talk about the Summer," referring to the fact that fans were waiting for him to drop something new all summer. He also made it a point to tell everyone that he's working on a new solo album. He then proceeded to give a run through of summer tracks that he had a hand in.
 "I don't need no water, I don't need a break — I'm ready to do this," he told the crowd, before bringing out 2 Chainz to perform the summer smash No Lie

2 Chainz also performed Spend It, with Drake dancing and acting wild in the background. Shortly after 2 Chainz walked off the stage. Drake said "Now that's how you bring out 2 Chainz." Was that a jab at Kanye? G.O.O.D. Music's set had a few errors and difficulties the night before. Drake introduced French Montana for Pop That. To be honest, French Montana's stage presence was extremely dry-- especially going after 2 Chainz. They should have switched that around. The middle section of Drake's set consisted of his slower R&B type tracks like, "Marvin's Room," and he also performed the island-themed smash hit "Take Care" that features Rihanna.
To close out his set, Drake performed an electrifying version of HYFR, complete with fire and everything. He closed out the show by jumping into the crowd during Wayne's verse of "The Motto." 

On the second and final day of Jay-Z's Budweiser Made in America Festival in Philadelphia, conversation remained centered on its host. I personally would have been happy to see Jay-Z headline both days. Pearl Jam was the headliner for Day 2 of the festival, and surprisingly Jay-Z  returned (to the stage, we saw him walking around the festival all day), joining Pearl Jam to perform a track off his Black Album, "99 Problems."

Jay's surprise appearance was an excellent way to close the extremely successful, now annual, Budweiser Made in America Festival in Philadelphia.  It you missed our Day 1 Recap, click HERE.

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Props to Yardie & Mikey Fresh for the videos!

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