Macklemore, Solange, Kendrick Lamar, Wiz Khalifa + More Close Out Made In America 2013 [Photos + Video]
Hip-hop and R&B was well represented on the final day of the Made In America music festival Sunday (Sept. 1) in Philadelphia. On a blistering hot day, Macklemore, Solange, Kendrick Lamar, Miguel and Wiz Khalifa brought the heat to the summer stage.
Macklemore’s set began late in the evening as the sun was going down, which cool things down somewhat. The Seattle duo gave an energetic show that easily answers why they are the hottest independent rap group in the game right now.
Dressed in a Phillies throwback baseball jersey, Macklemore raved about the city’s food and beautiful architecture.
The rapper performed his biggest hit ‘Thrift Shop’ behind a trio of female dancers and Wanz singing the infectious hook.
Macklemore also took time out to deliver a heartfelt speech about gay rights and the overall theme of unity that symbolizes the Made In America festival. His talk segued into his topical song, ‘Same Love.’
The duo finished the show with a rousing performance of their anthemic hit ‘Can’t Hold Us,’ which had the entire crowd jumping up and down.
Earlier in the day, Solange danced and twirled in the summertime heat during her set at the Liberty stage. Her ultimate goal: “To turn this into one big junior high grind fest,” she told the crowd. And she succeeded.
Solange’s performance consisted of upbeat renditions of ‘Something Never Seem to F—ing Work,’ ‘T.O.N.Y.,’ ‘Don’t Let Me Down’ and ‘Losing You.’ Even her younger sister Beyonce was spotted grooving to the beat backstage.
“It humbles me to see so many of y’all singing the old songs,” the R&B songbird told the enthusiastic crowd. “I appreciate you following me through my evolution.”
Meanwhile, Kendrick Lamar brought along his Black Hippy crew for his mid-afternoon performance. Rappers Jay Rock, Ab-Soul and ScHoolboy Q warmed up the crowd with their solo hits, before K. Dot graced the stage. The Compton emcee had the audience going crazy with his medley of hits including, ‘Money Trees,’ ‘Poetic Justice,’ ‘Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe,’ and ‘Backseat (Freestyle).’ Sadly, Lamar didn’t performed his polarizing verse from ‘Control.’ Nevertheless, hands were raised high throughout his set.
Back on the R&B tip, Miguel’s soulful energy was perfect for the Made In America festival. Dressed in all-white, the crooner smoothly transitioned into several songs from his album, ‘Kaleidoscope Dream.’ From ‘Use Me’ to ‘How Many Drinks?’ to his love ballad ‘Adorn,’ Miguel serenaded the Philly crowd. At the end of his show, the singer covered Bob Marley‘s ‘Stir It Up’ and mixed it with own song ‘Do You.’
Finally, Wiz Khalifa came through and encouraged everyone to get high during his performance. “We came to get high on music and we came to get high on love,” he told the crowd. The Pittsburgh rhymer came equipped with a backing band as performed some of his old and new hits. Dressed in all-black and what appears to be a kilt, Wizzy rocked through his anthems ‘Work Hard, Play Hard,’ and ‘Black & Yellow.’ At end of his show, he brought out his new bride Amber Rose for a touching moment of ‘Rolled Up.’
Love was certainly in the air at the Made in America music festival.
Watch Solange Perform at Made In America Festival 2013
Watch Kendrick Lamar Perform at Made In America Festival 2013
Watch Miguel Perform at Made In America Festival 2013
Watch Wiz Khalifa Perform at Made In America Festival 2013