Day two of the first-ever Made In America music festival felt considerably less hectic and crowded than day one. The blazing heat of the previous day was replaced with scattered showers, and the humidity that follows, making for a sticky and slippery situation on the Ben Franklin Parkway. The crowd decided to sleep in, showing up much later in the afternoon.
There was an equal smattering of Run-DMC T-shirts as Pearl Jam tees amongst the fans, and a smaller group of kids wearing OVO attire. Newcomers Rita Ora and Santigold kicked off the fun with upbeat and danceable pop music. The Hives moved the crowd in front of the Liberty Stage with driving rock jams. They told the crowd that although they are from Sweden, their music is a result of American rock and roll.
Philadelphia darling Jill Scott hit the stage with a roaring applause from her hometown fans. She looked stunning and excited, showcasing her soulful vocals and funky delivery. Her set began with tracks from the album Who Is Jill Scott?, which she said was recorded in this city. Special guest and fellow Philly girl Eve joined her to perform "Shame" and "Let Me Blow Your Mind".
The crowd really turned up for the return of hip-hop pioneers Run-DMC, who have been silent since the 2002 murder of DJ Jam-Master Jay. A passionate Rev. Run yelled at a stagehand just prior to the start of the show. "WHY ARE YOU ON MY STAGE?!"
This was obviously very special to him and DMC, and they thanked Jay-Z for the opportunity. The fans sang along to "Its Tricky" "Peter Piper" and "My Adidas." Laughs rang out as the "Reverend" cursed up a storm onstage, asking for the fans to put their "hands in the goddamn air!"
Both of Jam Master's sons were on hand for an extended DJ break, which included a dubstep mix of their father's famous tracks. "I know you're watching Jay, I brought your kids out there," said Rev as he pointed the mike towards the sky.
Drake was next to hit the main stage, bringing a live band with him to accompany his rap chart-toppers. He started with "Lord Knows" and looked fresh in his October's Very Own jacket and white ensemble. The YMCMB rapper said he was honored to open up for Pearl Jam.
"If I ever had to be an opener for someone, I'm glad it is for one of the most legendary bands ever!" he proclaimed. He continued with "Crew Love" and "I'm On One" before bringing out rapper 2Chainz, causing the crowd to erupt once again.
The ATL rapper performed "No Lie" and "Spent It." Drake ended with crowd favorite "The Motto," the origin of the "YOLO" slogan popular with kids these days.
No professional photography was allowed in the pit or from the crowd for L.A.-based rap crew Odd Future, and crooner Frank Ocean was not there either. Earl Sweatshirt did join Tyler, The Creator onstage with the rest of the Wolf Gang, causing a raging mosh pit in front of the scene.
As we were working in the media area, a crew lead by director Ron Howard passed by, following power couple Jay-Z and wife Beyonce. Photographers scrambled to grab their cameras and run to the pack, dodging security and puddles of water along the way. "Beyonce, what do you think about the festival?" ask a reporter as she walked by.
"I'm having a lot of fun!" she replied.
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