Made in America 2016 Day 2 Highlights: Coldplay, Chance the Rapper, Travis Scott & More

Chance The Rapper
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Chance The Rapper performs at The Budweiser Made In America Festival on Sept. 4, 2016 in Philadelphia. 

The second day of Jay Z’s Made in America Festival was the perfect ending to a two-day carnival-meets-music affair. Between Coldplay’s universal-bridging light show to Travis Scott’s tree-climbing stunt, the fifth annual BMIA fest wrapped on a high note. Here are a handful of highlights from day two.

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Kelly Rowland and Lala Anthony Kick it at McDonald’s VIP Lounge
McDonald’s celebrated the upcoming launch of their new All Day Breakfast menu with more options with BFFs Kelly and Lala. As the two posed for pics and discussed their fave items (McMuffins for both), the VIP area maintained a steady flow of Dussé cup-carrying performers, momagers, record label execs and photogs. At first glance, Mickey D’s doesn’t pair so well with Budweiser, but a midday Sausage and Egg McMuffin is a perfect power-up when you’re about to power through a high-energy Travis Scott set.


Loving the new @McDonalds #AllDayBreakfast choices! Especially my favorite #McMuffin #Ad

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Travis Scott Performs “3500” in a Tree
After surprise-dropping Birds In The Trap Sing McKnight on Friday, La Flame stormed the BMIA’s Liberty Stage for a damn good show. “I was fighting for a night set, but they wouldn't give it to me,” Scott told his fans. But the beaming sun didn’t stop the Mo City rapper from launching into rowdy performances of old and current cuts, including “Antidote,” “Upper Echelon,” and “Uber Everywhere.” The set took an upturn when the Scott climbed a tree to perform “3500” above the crowd. It would’ve been epic to see the uber-hyper rapper take the stage in the pitch-black night, but for safety purposes (of the rapper and the tree), this was prob for the best.

Desiigner Performed New Song on Tidal Stage
The Brooklyn rapper who has seen much success from his hit single, “Panda,” previewed new music during last night’s performance. From the clip, the track is largely inaudible but, as you can imagine, Desiigner was still on one, even doing mic tricks between dabs.

Beyonce and Jay Z Hang With Bill Clinton
Backstage is the magical place where you can see celebs acting like regular humans. As day two was preparing for its three final acts -- Khaled, Chance and Coldplay -- Beyonce and Jay Z were spotted backstage conversing with former POTUS Bill Clinton in the Dussé lounge before heading over to the Rocky Stage for the final acts. They were also joined by Kelly Rowland, Malia Obama, Carmelo Anthony and Michael B. Jordan.

DJ Khaled Brings Out Freeway, Young Gunz & Jay Electronica
Khaled is typically the king of surprise guests, but he mostly traded in bringing out 10 guests for throwback joints and a few Philly legends. First, he spun hits like DJ Kool’s “Let Me Clear My Throat,” DMX’s “Party Up” and Jay Z’s “Public Service Announcement” then later dropped his own bangers, including “I Got The Keys,” “For Free” and his team’s unofficial anthem “All I Do Is Win.” After cruising through hip-hop’s best, Khaled called on Freeway for “Roc The Mic” and a second helping of “What We Do” right before Young Gunz touched the stage for “Can’t Stop Won’t Stop.” It’s safe to say a majority of the Gen Z crowd had no clue who these rappers were, but all Roc-A-Fella stans in the crowd were on cloud 9. Overall, Khaled’s set felt more like a live intermission than an actual set, but for what it’s worth, his variety of tunes cleared the audience’s palates for Chance and Coldplay.  

Lil Yachty Joined Chance The Rapper on Stage for “Mixtapes”
Though Lil Yachty’s Tidal Stage performance was predictably live and rage-y, his appearance during Chance The Rapper’s set was pleasantly unpredictable. The two came together for their joint cut from Coloring Book, during which Yachty got a chance to spit his verse a capella. The Atlanta MC flubbed the words towards the end, but the lyricists hugged it out before Chance finished strong.

Chance The Rapper Takes Crowd to Church (and Sang to Beyonce)
Chance’s set felt a lot like praise and worship. For close to two hours, Chano’s positive musical messages rained down on the receptive festival-goers as he kicked off his set with gems from  Acid Rap, including “Pusha Man,” “Favorite Song” and “Everybody’s Something.” Backed by The Social Experiment, led by trumpet player Donnie Trumpet, Chance gave soul-moving performances of joints like “Smoke Again,” “All Night” and “Summer Friends.” “This is my favorite part of the album,” Chance said of the latter. Let’s just say, Chance could be a headliner in years to come.


chance singing to auntie yoncé | #happybirthdaybeyonce #madeinamerica

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Coldplay’s Light Show
First-timers and stans alike enjoyed Coldplay’s magical music experience of fireworks and lighted wristbands. Rocking an American flag from his jeans’ back pocket, the British singer-songwriter and his bandmates gave a colorful, energetic show filled to the brim with their most gigantic hits, especially “Yellow,” “Hymn For The Weekend” and “Paradise.” Close pals and collaborators Jay and Bey were captured singing along to their BFFs catalog, perfectly bookending one of the greatest music festivals of the summer.