Festival season is coming to a close and nothing quite celebrates the end of Summer like the Made In America festival in Philadelphia. If you’ve ever made the trip to PA from where ever in the world you’re from, you understand that under it’s fearless leader Jay Z, the Made In America festival promises 2 days of amazing talent and does a great job at creating a few stages for promising and mainstream musicians.
Headlined by Beyoncé (who slayed because she’s Beyoncé) and The Weeknd, over 140,000 people flocked to the cheesesteak state to see the two hit the stage, but this time around I was more excited to see some new acts including Earl Sweatshirt and Vic Mensa.
Kicking off my first day at the festival was the former artists of Odd Future Earl Sweatshirt. Performing cuts from his second studio album I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside . Earl also used the stage to perform his unreleased joint “Hell”, which is always a great addition to his live show. On “Hell” he rapped over “Brand New Guy” from A$AP Rocky’s Long Live A$AP. Check out his performance below.
G Eazy also hit the stages at Made In America, performing a few favorites from These Things Happen . Also, debuting some new material from upcoming album, the Cali native kept the crowd rocking and the ladies crying with his bad boy swag.
Another standout performer touching the Rocky Stage was Vic Mensa. Roc Nation’s newest signee woke up the worn crowd with a high energy performance that blended Hip Hop and EDM. With a performance that included his verse on Chance the Rapper’s “Cocoa Butter Kisses” and a headnod to rock and roll thanks to his band’s cover of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit”, the Chicago rapper highlighted his versatility and ability to perform on any stage, for any crowd. It wouldn’t have been right to leave the stage without performing his Kanye West assisted track “U Mad” , so Vic used it to close out his set.
While Made In America was a great display of superstardom, it was refreshing to see stages offered for promising acts and that was easily the best part of Day 1. Stay tuned for Day 2.
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