By Dymond Alexis
Day one of Made In America was full of festive attendees, ponchos and music lovers.
Even though it rained, the weather didn’t stop attendees.
On the tidal stage, artists such as Nick Grant, Kodie Shane, Smino and others graced the stage and thanked their fans even more for standing out in the rain for them. Atlanta native Kodie Shane who has a huge fan base in Philadelphia killed her performance and was super enthusiastic during her set. Rocking Fila, the artist performed songs off of Back From The Future. Performing one of my favorite songs, Runway and Level Up, the crowd danced and sang the words despite of the rain. Kodie Shane has such a humble spirit and loves her fans, which showed throughout her set. Her manager and producer, Matty P, kept the crowd engaged and hype during her performance as well!
Other great acts such as Sampha, Cardi B, Migos,Vic Mensa and more performed and gave fans a great show.
Sampha performed songs off of his debut album Process on the Rocky Stage. He performed Kora Sings, which showed how well he harmonizes and plays instruments. As soon as 5:00 hit attendees rushed to the Liberty Stage to catch New York’s own Cardi B. Cardi B’s stardom rose tremendously in the last few months. Droppig two mixtapes this year and Bodak Yellow climbing the charts, Cardi B showed up and showed out at Made In America. Cardi glistened on the stage and performed songs off of GBMV1 and GBMV2 including Lick. The highlight of the performance was when Bodak Yellow came on and Cardi didn’t even have to rap the words. Before her performance started, she had two special fans who made sure they seen her performance – Beyoncé and Jay-Z. Cardi B ended up meeting Queen Bey afterwords and life was made.
After Cardi B, the Rocky Stage was the next move. Of course, everyone wants to see the trap trio, Migos. The Atlanta natives came out to “Get Right Witcha” from their debut album Culture and followed with a fan favorite, “Slippery.” The crowd was into every song from Migos and threw in some throwbacks as well during their performance. Migos will always be one of my favorite groups! I grew up off them and to see them performing on the Rocky Stage is amazing.
Vic Mensa was another highlight as well. We got to chat with him before his set and he chimed in on how to save money when you’re broke. Vic Mensa is a special artist who made it out of Chicago, a hard city to come out of. The highlight of his performance was his song, 16 Shots. He killed it and had Beyoncé and Jay-Z also cheering him on. He is very humble as well and was super fly on stage.
Solange had one of the most beautiful performances I’ve ever seen. Everyone was in sync together including the dancers, band members and colors. She performed hit singles off of A Seat at the Table, including Don’t Touch My Hair, Mad and Cranes In The Sky. She threw it back also performing T.O.N.Y but, opened with singing the theme song from The Proud Family. She had her big sister and mother watching her performance and boosted her confidence even more. Solange has a Diana Ross feel to her and shows that she has an old soul. She vented a little about our government and Donald Trump but, didn’t let his dumb moves keep her mad.
The headliner of the night J.Cole had a phenomenal performance. He explained that Philadelphia wasn’t a part of the 4 Your Eyez Only because they knew he was coming for Made In America. Despite of the rain pouring down, J.Cole performed effortlessly and also dropped jewels during his set. He had everyone rocking to Deja Vu, hit song off album 4 Your Eyez Only.
After J.Cole performed neighbors, and explained where the song originated from. Showing devastating footage of police busting into his house because they thought he was selling drugs and this was all thanks to the neighbors. J.Cole performed some throwbacks and fan favorites such as Lights Please, Can’t Get Enough and Nobody’s Perfect. J.Cole is a wonderful performance and was a great way to end the first day of Made In America!