Jay-Z was outraged on social media last Thursday at being called a ‘capitalist’ for his various business ventures and crazy fiduciary successes – this after once saying, ‘I’m not a man of ‘business. I’m a businessman.” But looking at Hova’s fruit of labor when it comes to his Made in America music festival, whether making money and gathering crowds for hip-hop and Latin art in top of the charts is a mistake, who has to be right?
The annual Labor Day Weekend, two-day event in the Museum of Art District of Philadelphia, in partnership with Live Nation, found new ways to reinvent, relevance and pay customers on behalf of the capitalism, especially with the active participation of international artists on Sunday. Bad Bunny’s second night headliner was the main attraction, but Burna Boy, Chimbala, Snoh Aalegra Fuerza Regida were also big contributors to the globalization of Made in America this year.
Here’s a breakdown of the September 3-4 events that made Made in America great:
The baddest bunny
Bad Bunny arrived after his months-long chart-topping album, “Un Verano Sin Ti,” winning VMA Artist of the Year last weekend, two sold-out parties at Yankee Stadium, and a kiss homosexual. To say that day two of Made in America was filled with people devoted to hearing the heroic headliner doesn’t say enough about his lofty and inventive artistry or the intensity of the Spanish-speaking and Puerto Rican crowds who adore him.
Sitting on a lawn chair and dressed in an all-red shorts, vest and sunglasses ensemble, Bad Bunny surveyed the crowd while sipping a cocktail as if heeded the day’s rich tapestry of multi-ethnic performers. that changed MIA forever, expanding its reach and welcoming new flavors and faces to the crowd.
“Made in America, Latinos make America,” Bad Bunny told the MIA masses; “It’s important that we remember that.”
Beginning alone onstage with the rich reggaeton vibes of “Moscow Mule,” while bouncing on his heels, Bad Bunny’s set blossomed to host a team of dancers and a booming soundtrack that included electronics. squelchy that would have made Depeche Mode green with envy, heavenly house music and traditional Latin grooves with syncopated pianos. From the skipping pulse of “Un Coco” and “Party” to the deliciously savory “Yo Perreo Sola” – all rapping sung in his sweet round baritone – Bad Bunny proved to be a multi-gender and multi-ethnic delight to behold. , no matter who saw it – brown, black and white, a nation under a furrow.
The Lord and the Creator
Even if Philadelphia wasn’t their hometown, Lil Uzi Vert’s set would have been triumphant. Donning a kingfisher mohawk, huge red sunglasses and armed with a deadpan but soulful flow, Uzi rode a furiously energetic, pyrotechnic set of spaced-out emo bangers and AutoTune-heavy space ballads. “I hope you’re all ready to rage cause I’m ready to lose my mind,” Uzi announced before launching into “Rockstar (Party With the Demons)” and “All My Friends Are Dead.” This set of Uzis came just before Tyler, the increasingly resourceful creator, spoke of both icons and MIA/Live Nation’s reliance on invention and utter weirdness. Because, luckily, even though Tyler won the Grammys (his fifth album, “Igor,” won Best Rap Album) and mainstream acclaim, he’s still fabulously weird. From his Ushanka hat, cane, and verdant, mountainous staging, to his screams, whispers, and crooning through new tracks such as the propelling “Corso” to the hauntingly emotional “Come On, Let’s Go,” you might hear and feel a new universality. And the opening, given that Tyler’s older tracks performed at MIA, such as the aggressively moody “IFHY” and several other angular oddities, were cluttered with noise, overly dense rhythms, and rhyme schemes of a dazzling complexity.
One thing Tyler said, in a low voice in the middle of his headlining set, is that “this is the last show of this era. Let’s do something special. However one interprets it, Tyler, the Creator has certainly managed to bring the special and the unique to the stage while reaching out to fans old and new.
Who is this guy?
MIA Day One started with a fun quote: “You may not know me, but you know my music. It was signed singer-songwriter RocNation Dixson, an artist best known for co-writing Beyoncé’s Oscar-nominated “Be Alive,” Justin Bieber’s “Holy,” and tracks with Chance the Rapper. Yes, he released an album, 2021’s ‘Darling’, and yes, hearing his slick, raw, acoustic guitar-filled set at MIA, along with his sexy new single ‘Cherry Sorbet’, might have made you want to listen to “Darling” again with fresh ears.
Light up with GloRilla
One of this writer’s click picks for 2022 (Cardi B and Travis Scott love it too) is Memphis-based GloRilla, a rapper whose collaboration with Hitkidd, “FNF (Let’s Go)” is still the anthem. the hottest part of the summer. Live, GloRilla did not disappoint. Along with their matching dancers in cheerleader gear, Glo & Co. twerked, wiggled their middle fingers, and stomped their way through a soft, hard, 808-pound set that included their summertime anthem, their riding “Tomorrow” and his TikTok track (and yelling at Jay-Z) “99 problems.” Good product.
Toro y Moi plugs in and programs
It was written, repeatedly, how MIA was once again a mixed bill in its early days with alterna-rock giants and EDM artists alongside R&B and hip-hop acts. Not so much now, which is why the appearance of indie electronic act Toro Y Moi and its synth-phonic frontman Chaz Bear was crucial. Sounding like Tame Impala, Chaz, his fellow programmers and a guitarist have created an atmospheric psychedelic disco of the grooviest order.
JID’s Eternal Story Begins Here
Deep-voiced, wobbly-voiced Atlanta rapper JID’s new album, “The Forever Story,” is dynamic, eerie and catchy in all the right places, yet it falls asleep due to its late August release. Wake up, everyone. The album is bold, and as a live performer, JID was flashy, rap smart, and fun — a welcome tonic for some of the blandest rappers on the MIA slate. And he is theatrical. Kicking off his set with clips of him with the Columbia film studio torchbearer, JID took control with his cinematic vocals as thick as his basslines and his signature stuttering delivery at breakneck speeds.
No one can doubt the wise lyricism, strong rhythmic interaction and hitmaking abilities of rappers Pusha T and Kodak Black. In fact, Pusha T has played Made in America so often (2022 was his fourth appearance), he’s an honorary Philadelphian. Yet with little bluster, cutting enunciation, and deep programmed beats to guide their way, the two rappers’ ensembles pale in comparison to the energy, invention, and overdrive of two rappers who would follow them on MIA Day. One – Lil Uzi Vert and Tyler, the creator.
The life of a Don
On the fringes of success since his mixtape days in Houston, Texas, in 2018, trap R&B rapper and vocalist Don Toliver has been biding his time to shine beyond making hits with Travis Scott (“Can’t Say”). His surprisingly long set on day two of Made in America could have been Toliver’s breakout moment. From prancing around an oversized, mushroom-filled stage to the impossibly rich harmonies of tracks like “After Party”—not to mention a diverse set of slow songs, fast ravers, and everything in between—Toliver has made an impressive, live broadcast lasting on Sundays.
Scope of MIA in international waters
The second busiest day of Made in America – estimated at more than 50,000, some 15,000 more than the first day – benefited from its reach in the inclusivity of diverse ethnicities and musical genres at the top of their game, and hopefully the future of where this (and other US festivals) should go. Certainly, Nigerian pop-hop superstar Burna Boy topped the list with his salty smooth vocal delivery, slamming drumming and a big ensemble whose energy never stopped. But from early Sunday afternoon until dark, performers such as Dominican rapper Chimbala, enigmatic Colombian singer Ryan Castro, sultry Persian-Swedish singer Snoh Aalegra and Mexican-American corrido of 14 pieces, filled with two tuba, wearing a pink jacket. the Fuerza Regida set reigned. The thing is, hardly anything was more fun at MIA than hearing Fuerza Regida in all its glory in Spanish with lead singer Jesus Ortiz Paz as the frontman. Bold stuff, that.
Every year, Made in America is accompanied by gossip, in person and on social media, about possible guest performances. The festival CEO and Beyoncé are always at the top of this list, especially since September 4 is her birthday. The power couple usually walk through the crowd and Bey receives a birthday song from the masses. Not this year. Another regular MIA guest, Philly’s Meek Mill, is rumored to be playing with fellow local Lil Uzi Vert to prove there’s no bad blood between him and Hova following Meek’s split from Jay’s management. RocNation months ago. Didn’t happen. Meek was throwing a Sunday party in Vegas with social events signaling his arrival a day early. The funniest rumor, however, was that Kanye West – a former MIA headliner – was on the scene, hanging out with Uzi Vert backstage, and about to perform a Sunday Services gospel-hop sermon. the day after. No.