The second day of Made in America at Philadelphia’s Benjamin Franklin Parkway was a little hotter, a little more dusty and probably a little more turned up. The fest that took over the city over Labor Day weekend for the fourth year in a row.
Between Big Sean reminding everyone of their “Blessings,” Future and DJ Esco taking everyone to the trap house and J. Cole celebrating his underdog status (in front of thousands), hip-hop ruled the day on Sunday, Sept. 6. That wasn’t all, though…
Read on for some of the highlights of Sunday’s festival.
2:07 p.m.: Halsey‘s trademark blue hair matched the patriotic backdrop on the Rocky Stage, where she kicked things off with “Hold Me Down,” off her just-released debut, Badlands.
2:19 p.m.: Mick Jenkins, who somehow squeezed both a live drummer and a DJ on the small Skate Stage, got the crowd going with the very appropriate refrain, “Drink more water!” (also the title of a song from his sophomore mixtape, The Waters).
— Fioriscono (@AndImPo) September 6, 2015
2:34 p.m.: Introduced (on video) by Philly native/comedian Kevin Hart, Fabolous put the work in to make his early set something special. Clad in red, white and blue (with a band in matching outfits), he led the crowd through his roster of hits before bringing out beloved locals Freeway and Young Gunz.
— Kar?n Ci?il (@KarenCivil) September 6, 2015
3:07 p.m.: “It’s hard to be fat in the summer,” Action Bronson said. Nevertheless, he and legendary producer Alchemist fought through the heat with gospel-laden beats perfectly suited to Sunday afternoon.
3:14 p.m.: “I don’t want my best dressed day in the casket,” Jidenna rapped at the Tidal Stage crowd on “Long Live The Chief,” a fear that seemed unfounded as the artist danced vigorously around the stage, clad in a carefully tailored three-piece suit. The “Classic Man” singer eventually led a dance contest to “Yoga,” whose clear winner is shown below:
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4:15 p.m.: Santigold, whose set included a slew of crowd favorites and a bubble-wrap pantsuit, closed things out with help from iLoveMakonnen. According to her Twitter, they were shooting a music video together at the festival.
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— Red Dragon Makonnen (@iLoveMakonnen5D) September 6, 2015
5:26 p.m.: Future‘s lyrics echoed across the festival grounds, as the DS2 rapper ran through some of the biggest cuts off his four (!) most recent projects. The big takeaway? He’s dropping another album before the end of this year — just another reason to celebrate for the turnt up masses at his set.
6:47 p.m.: “I just think every woman is the sexiest, juiciest, milkiest thing,” alt-pop singer Banks told her rapt audience. “You guys are all goddesses,” she added, before showing off her powerful voice on “Goddess.”
7:33 p.m.: J. Cole took his massive crowd “back to a time when I was just a young boy” on the surprise-hit first-time anthem “Wet Dreamz.”
8:29 p.m.: Pink pyrotechnics accompanied Swedish House Mafia alums Axwell & Ingrosso‘s first big drop, launching the already undulating audience into a frenzy. The lit-up set was sensory overload in the best way possible, and that was before they dropped Tove Lo, Justin Bieber and Daft Punk.
10:02 p.m.: “I came all the way here from Toronto to see you,” festival closer The Weeknd told his fans, “and to f— shit up.” He may not have totally achieved the latter goal, but his hits-laden set certainly pleased the tired, but still dancing, Made in America crowd.