J. Cole and Solange Light Up Day 1 of Made in America Festival 2017
Fans from all over America came in droves to experience the 2017 Made in America Festival on Saturday (Sept. 2). With the forecast providing a gloomy outlook, concert-goers paddled their way through the muddy grass in hopes of catching some of music's premier acts.
Fans gushed with happiness when they were treated to Sampha's "4422" and Cardi B's thunderous performance of her newly-named gold single "Bodak Yellow." They also were able to catch glimpses of some hip-hop's brightest rookies in A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Stormzy and Kodie Shane at the TIDAL stage.
Take a look at some of the highlights from day one below.
Migos Deliver a Fun and "Slippery" Set
Despite the rain, Migos' frenetic energy had the crowd pumped up. With their vocals drenched in Auto-Tune, Atlanta's rap triumvirate kicked off the show with "Get Right Witcha." "The stage is wet, but we don't give a f--k cuz we're gonna make it slippery," Quavo said.
As fans treated the muddy grass like a personal slip-and-slide, Migos stormed through their set with glee. After sizzling performances of "Slippery" and "What's the Price," they veered back into their earlier hits. "If you a day one, can I hear day one?" asked Quavo. Once they received a resounding "Day one" chant, Migos dipped into their Miley Cyrus-inspired "Hannah Montana," followed by "Fight Night."
To close things out, Migos fed the crowd lively performances of "T-Shirt' and their Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 single "Bad & Boujee."
Vic Mensa Trucks Through Set Despite Technical Difficulties
At 6:30 p.m., Roc Nation signee Vic Mensa was the next artist to grace the Liberty Stage. In July, Mensa released his debut album, The Autobiography, and won the hearts of hip-hop with his impressive endeavor. He immediately gave fans a taste of his latest project when he performed his No I.D.-produced record "Say I Didn't."
"Thank you for rocking with me in the rain," Mensa said. "If y'all getting wet, I'm getting wet, too." Despite the cold air, he kept his energy going during an electric performance of "16 Shots." Later, he delved into his 2015 record "U Mad," which was well-received by the thousands of people in attendance.
After dashing through "Rollin' Like a Stoner," Mensa began having technical difficulties during "Homewrecker." Befuddled by the turn of events, he walked off the stage. Later, he returned, but was once again met with similar challenges, as his mic failed for a second time.
Solange Hits Home With Powerful Message
One artist that appreciated the rainy atmosphere was Solange. The earthy singer beamed with joy, as she and her army of talented musicians danced the night away. With Seat at the Table serving as her soundtrack, Solange dove into her laundry bag of songs, performing cuts like "Cranes in the Sky," "Don't You Wait," and "Don't Touch My Hair." Aside from dazzling the crowd with her unruffled vocals and boisterous curls, Solange issued a PSA for the racists lurking around the MIA Festival.
"We got Neo-Nazis out here with citronella sticks, looking like some tiki damn fools," she began her diatribe. "We got anti-gay and lesbian, anti-Muslim folks out here, and we're not allowed to be mad. We got Confederate statues looking everywhere at our black asses, but we're not allowed to be mad. We got f--kboys at every corner, but we're not allowed to be mad.
The Rain Can’t Stop Kaskade’s Fiery Set
At 8:40 p.m., a sea of party-hard attendees raged with Kaskade, as he joyously set MIA ablaze with turn-up jams like "Disarm You and "Atmosphere." "Yo Philly, I want you guys to clap this part with me," he said during "Atmosphere." Despite the rain, Kaskade deftly swept through his incendiary set with dance-heavy bangers.
First, he bunny-hopped his way on stage through Imagine Dragons' “Believer,” then he delivered a sweltering rendition of his 2010 single “Fire in Your New Shoes” sans Dragonette’s Matina Sorbara. “Sing with me Philly,” he demanded from his fiery pulpit during “We Don’t Stop.” “No better way to end summer than with you guys." To punctuate his performance, Kaskade paid homage to Chester Bennington by diving into Linkin Park’s “Numb.”
J. Cole Provides Soul Food to Philly
At 9:50 p.m., the mood quickly shifted once J. Cole emerged on stage clad in his signature orange jumpsuit. From the onset, Cole provided a somber rendition of “For Whom the Bell Tolls.” "Y’all make some noise for being out here in this f--king rain,” he said. We in the middle of a tour. We ain’t do Philly cuz we knew we were gonna do this shit right here."
After providing a blistering performance of “Immortal,” Cole mellowed out the mood and skated into “Ville Mentality” During his performance, he requested all the concert-goers to “live in the moment,” despite the pouring rain.
Once he hosed down the Philly crowd with knowledge, Cole brought out Ari Lennox for a stirring performance of “Change.” With the rain splashing on his dreads, the poetic locomotive drove back into his archive and unleashed “Lights Please.”
After enticing the crowd with vintage material, he continued his onslaught with “Nobody’s Perfect” and “Can’t Get Enough.” Then, he jogged down memory lane when he segued into Born Sinner and took a quick bite of “Forbidden Fruit.”
Shortly after, Cole returned to For Your Eyez Only and enlightened the crowd with the backstory to his record “Neighbors.” The humor-filled commentary involved Cole showing Philly footage of the cops attempting to break into his house. Once he concluded his story, he asked everyone to, “put your cell-phones in the sky, we’re gonna light this bitch up,” before breaking into his 2014 standout “Love Yourz.”
With the crowd entranced by the presence of Cole World, he cranked up the intensity with “Wet Dreams." As they clung onto every line he uttered, the Dreamville MC relished each second. Then, he cut off all the lights and terrorized the stage with an ominous performance of “A Tale of Two Cities.”