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Made in America: See Jay-Z, Migos, Cardi B, J. Cole, Marshmello and More

Rapper anchored his own festival, which has grown into a popular annual event since starting in Philadelphia in 2012

Best photos from 2017 Made in America Tour

Jay-Z moved from throwback "Where I'm From" to new track "Marcy Me" to the hook of "Empire State of Mind" during his Made in America 2017 set.

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Sunday night at the Budweiser Made in America festival was the first time the Jay-Z performed songs from his recently released 4:44 in the U.S., a trial run before he embarks on a nationwide tour at the end of October. As Elias Leight noted in his review of the performance, Jay-Z “rapped with nonchalant authority in front of a massive, metallic balloon dog designed with help from artist Jeff Koons – used sequencing to his advantage, galvanizing the audience with jarring transitions between songs.” 

Prayers and dedications for the city of Houston in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey were in abundance, and the weekend in Philly had plenty of rain and the crowds were certainly mud-smeared, but that didn’t stop them from pogoing and enjoying hits as they united in mosh pits for their favorite acts. Here, some of the highlights, including J. Cole, Vic Mensa, Solange, Migos and more.

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Kaskade

Despite the rain, DJ Kaskade fired up the crowd with “Disarm You and “Atmosphere” and “We Don’t Stop” and he paid homage to Chester Bennington with Linkin Park’s “Numb.” 

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J. Cole

Wearing his signature orange jumpsuit, J. Cole performed “For Whom the Bell Tolls,” “Immortal” and “Ville Mentality” onstage, before bringing out Ari Lennox for a stirring performance of “Change.”

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21 Savage

Rapper 21 Savage, a.k.a. Shayaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, performs onstage during Day 2 of the 2017 Budweiser Made in America festival.

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Run the Jewels

Killer Mike (left) and El-P of Run the Jewels dedicated the hip-hop duo’s song “Lie, Cheat, Steal” to John McNesby, president of Philadelphia’s Fraternal Order of Police, because McNesby compared Black Lives Matter to a terrorist group last July, according to sources. Later in the set, they dedicated their song “Down” to the Texas flood victims of Harvey, urging all disaster sufferers to “keep ya head up.”

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