Philadelphia’s inaugural Made In America festival took place over the weekend, touting an eclectic Jay-Z-curated lineup of Pearl Jam, Skrillex, a reunited Run-D.M.C., D’Angelo, Dirty Projectors, Santigold, Drake and many more. While there was potential for disaster — a Philly-native friend told me that this was the first ticketed event Philly has ever held at the Parkway, where some Fourth Of July recently shootings occurred during the city’s public celebration — you couldn’t argue with the result (I attended the festival as a fan). Jay-Z mounted a enormous stage flanked by large, fiber-optic wings, all laid out right in front of Philadelphia’s elegant National History Museum. About five minutes into Jay-Z’s set, he played a personalized greeting Barack Obama had made for the festival, which is not something you’re going to see at ATP this year. Since the festival was streaming, sections of it have been preserved online and collected below. Head down there to watch sets from Jay-Z (including Kanye West & G.O.O.D. Music’s extended drop-in during the encore), Run-D.M.C., D’Angelo, Santigold, Odd Future and more.
Jay-Z and Pearl Jam for “99 Problems”:
G.O.O.D. Music + “Niggas In Paris”
Jay-Z’s set (Obama greeting is about five minutes in):
(most via Mr. World Premiere)
Sidenote: Skrillex’s stage setup was equally as impressive as Jay’s — he looked like a pilot bridge of some kind of futuristic cyborg locomotive. Pic up top via Rolling Stone.