Days after State Property’s Freeway told SOHH fans should expect the unexpected at Jay-Z‘s Made In America music festival, his words rang true as Kanye West‘s G.O.O.D. Music took over day one.
Packed with surprise appearances, Team Yeezy stole the show in Philly last night (September 1).
The Roc wasn’t the only crew in the building at Jay-Z’s “Made in America” festival in Philadelphia. Following his headlining set on Saturday, the hip-hop mogul surprised festivalgoers by bringing out Kanye West and G.O.O.D. Music. “Philadelphia, since you treated me so nice tonight, and you were so good to me, I’ma be good to you tonight,” said Jay before the G.O.O.D. fellas took the stage. Pusha T, Kanye, and Big Sean came out to their remix of Chief Keef‘s “I Don’t Like” before segueing into “Can’t Tell Me Nothing,” “New God Flow,” and “Cold.” Big Sean performed “Dance (A$$),” followed by Common with “The Light,” and 2 Chainz joined in on the finale with “Mercy.” But it wasn’t over yet. “I think we got time for one more,” said Hov before ‘Ye returned for an encore of “Ni**as in Paris” as fireworks lit up the sky. (Rap-Up)
Earlier in the day, Roc Nation rapper Jay Electronica also graced the stage.
Jay Electronica made a surprise appearance today at Made in America, the music festival curated by his Roc Nation boss, Jay-Z. Below, you can watch footage of Electronica performing “Exhibit A” and “Exhibit C”. During the set, Electronica explained that he wasn’t planning to perform live prior to the release of his debut album, but couldn’t turn down an invitation from Jay-Z or the chance to take the stage in Philadelphia, where he lived for years. (Consequence of Sound)
On Friday, Philadelphia rapper Freeway hinted at what Jigga could have in store for concertgoers.
“Just be there, man, that’s all I’m going to say,” Freeway told SOHH. “It’s going to be electrifying. I know I’m gonna be there. Just be there, man. It’s just good to see all different types of genres of music come together. It’s good to see people doing something positive and it’s good. I’m a part of it no matter what. I’m a part of it Roc-A-Fella’s history. You can’t mention Roc-A-Fella without me and I’m a party of Philadelphia history. You can’t mention Philadelphia music without me, so, it’s big for me, it means a lot to me, you know? I’m happy that it’s going down.” (SOHH)
Leading to the festival, speculation stirred as to what surprises Young Hov would possibly unload.
In case you hadn’t heard, the Budweiser Made In America festival is taking over the Bud, er, Ben Franklin Parkway this weekend. The music gets underway on Saturday at 2 with Texas bluesman Gary Clark Jr. on the main Rocky stage, and till 11 p.m. both days, with Pearl Jam shutting it down on Sunday night. Will people outside the gates really not be able to see or hear anything, as the Mayor and Made In Amerca organizers say? Will all the Bud branding everywhere overwhelm the event, or blend in the background? Will Beyonce be there? Kanye West? The Roots? Will the line at the Pitruco Pizza truck be of reasonable length, or ridiculously long? These and other questions will be answered this weekend. (Philly)
Check out the concert footage below: