Unlike the gloomy forecast on the first day of Made In America, the Philly fest’s second and final day (Sept. 2) featured fluctuating weather patterns that teetered between blazing heat and ominously ashy clouds — and a slate of scorching performances.
Kendrick Lamar’s relaxed-yet-rip-roaring presence delighted the gigantic audience during his recently-announced special set, while Nicki Minaj gave us a show-stopping medley of new and ageless hits to close out the weekend’s festivities.
The rap aficionados were just two of the top-tier talents to hit the MIA stages during day two. Keep reading to see some of the highlights of the long-yet-fruitful Sunday.
Nicki Minaj Brings Out Famous Friends
After Diplo’s amped-up performance on the festival’s Liberty Stage, the Queen from Queens, N.Y. made sure that hers was the name on everybody’s lips by the end of the night.
In addition to performing “Barbie Dreams” and “Chun-Li” from her recent LP Queen, Her Minajesty — who rocked an orange and black patterned mini-dress and bright orange tresses — brought fans back with some of her memorable solo tracks, such as “Did It On ‘Em,” “Itty Bitty Piggy” and “Moment 4 Life,” which was capped off by a gorgeous display of fireworks. She also got the people going by performing some of her popular featured rhymes, like “Rake It Up,” “Dance (A**)” and “Monster.”
To bring the diverse crowd together, Nicki enlisted some of her famous friends to perform. A$AP Ferg showed up for a rendition of “Plain Jane” and “Work (Remix),” while 6ix9ine and Philly’s very own Lil Uzi Vert hit the stage with Nicki to perform “Fefe,” “Gummo,” “The Way Life Goes” and “XO Tour Llif3,” respectively.
The Fellas of TDE Take Over
TDE was hard to ignore during day two. In his first performance since concluding the The Championship Tour with his TDE labelmates, Lamar brought the passion we’ve come to expect from him to the Rocky Stage. While he wasn’t announced to perform at the event until mid-August, Kung Fu Kenny’s set went off without a hitch, as he rapped along to his hits such as “HUMBLE.,” “Swimming Pools” and “King Kunta.” He also introduced Philly-based musician Bri Steves to the crowd, who was met with a warm reception.
Earlier in the day, Redemption MC Jay Rock lit up the Tidal Stage with spirited performances of “Rotation 112th,” “The Bloodiest,” “Tap Out” and his track on the Black Panther soundtrack, “King’s Dead.” Much like many of the day’s performers, the L.A. native had some encouraging words for his listeners mid-set.
“Don’t give up on whatever you’re trying to do,” he said before launching into his hit “WIN.” “Keep striving. At the end of the day, we’re all trying to win.”
With everything going on, I can’t sit by and say nothing. I decided to speak my truths. my album is now called || IMMIGRANT || out on October 12 || xotwod || RN pic.twitter.com/2nTowQIFvM
— BELLY (@reBELLYus) September 2, 2018
Belly Announces Title of Forthcoming Album
During his mid-day appearance on the Rocky Stage, Belly revealed to the charged-up crowd that his forthcoming album will be named Immigrant, and is slated for release on Oct. 12.
“I came here as an immigrant,” the “4 Days” MC said. “Came from nothing, and brought myself to something… this s–t is possible.” His performance of “Immigration to the Trap” came complete with a plethora of dancers waving flags from around the world, such as Puerto Rico, Japan and the Pan-African flag, to name a few.
The Roc Nation artist, who showed off his rhythm and dancing skills while performing, kept the intensity going throughout his set with renditions of his songs “Trap Phone,” “Might Not” and “P.O.P.”
Ty Dolla $ign Powers Through Technical Difficulties
Not even a malfunctioning microphone could slow down the Taylor Gang musician. Ty Dolla $ign, who rode into his set on a motorcycle, rolled with the punches even when the sound puttered out. He performed hits from his recent body of work Beach House 3 like “Clout” and “Saved.”
The multi-talented Cali-bred star also climbed into the crowd to hang out with his fans as they crooned along to his other well-known songs and features, such as 2 Chainz’s “It’s A Vibe,” Kanye West’s “All Mine” and Jason DeRulo’s “Swalla.” To close out his pleasantly unpredictable set, Ty hit his fans with his Future and Rae Sremmurd-accompanied “Blasé” from his album Free TC.
Miguel Switches Up His R&B Classics
The beautifully arranged R&B stylings of Miguel were slightly altered for Made In America, and the crowd was completely loving it.
His Kaleidoscope Dream single “How Many Drinks” was given a trap-inspired flair. “Do You” featured an interpolation of Musical Youth’s marijuana-positive track “Pass The Dutchie,” and his monster-hit “Adorn” featured a rock riff near its completion. The latter track was so amped up that members of the audience broke out into the Electric Slide.
Of course, the musician spent his stage time performing songs from 2017’s War & Leisure, like “Come Through and Chill,” “Skywalker,” “Banana Clip” and “Caramelo Duro.”