Made in America Fest: day 1 in pics (Jay-Z, Dirty Projectors, D’Angelo, Janelle Monae, Passion Pit and more)
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Jay-Z & Kanye / Passion Pit / D'Angelo at Made in America 9/2/2012
Closing out the first day of Made in America was rap legend and festival organizer Jay-Z's behemoth set. "Allow me to re-introduce myself," Jay rapped as he entered the stage, a screaming crowd of thousands joining him in every word and making clear that no introductions were necessary. Breaking the day's tradition of rappers surrounded by hype men, Jay-Z struck a dramatic pose alone on stage.
His set's first surprise was a video from President Obama, who voiced his support of Made in America's patriotic vision and urged concertgoers to register to vote, a call to action greeted with cheers.
Backed by a live band and celebrating his recent NBA partnership by sporting a Brooklyn Nets hat, Jay-Z flew through a sampler of his most beloved hits, from early hit Izzo (H.O.V.A.) to crowd favorite Big Pimpin. He gave plenty of love to his new material as well, performing an ode to his hometown of New York City with a euphoric rendition of Empire State of Mind and leading the crowd in singing Run This Town, before playing the hard-driving On to the Next One...
...Jay-Z's turn at Made In America wasn't complete without a few high-profile guests. As the show neared its end, Kanye West and his G.O.O.D. Music posse stormed the stage. West, joined by Pusha T, Big Sean, 2 Chainz and Common, showcased new tracks Mercy and New God Flow with his crew before splitting off to perform several songs solo. With the crowd in near pandemonium, Jay and Ye closed the night with collaboration N----- in Paris.- [USA Today]
Jay-Z's inaugural Made in America Festival happened Labor Day Weekend in Philadelphia and the first day (9/2) featured a wide variety of acts, including Janelle Monae, Passion Pit, Rick Ross, Dirty Projectors (who have a show coming up at Carnegie Hall) and J himself (and a few of his friends). More pictures from Sunday are below, along with Jay-Z's setlist...
Maybach Music with Rick Ross
Jay-Z - "99 Problems"
Setlist: Jay-Z at Made in America Festival 9/2/2012
Public Service Announcement
Jigga My Nigga
Nigga What, Nigga Who (Originator 99)
What We Do (with Freeway)
You, Me, Him, Her (with Memphis Bleek)
Excuse Me Miss
La-La-La (Excuse Me Again) (with Memphis Bleek)
Is That Your Chick (The Lost Verses) (with Memphis Bleek)
'03 Bonnie & Clyde
Where I'm From
Empire State of Mind
Run This Town
On to the Next One (with Swizz Beatz)
Dirt Off Your Shoulder
I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me)
U Don't Know
Encore (With G.O.O.D. Music)
I Don't Like (Remix)
Can't Tell Me Nothing
New God Flow
Niggas In Paris