PHILADELPHIA (USA TODAY) - Between bouts of rain, the second day of Jay-Z's Budweiser Made in America festival mirrored the first in the performers' range of genres and talent.
Sunday's lineup featured old-school rappers Run DMC alongside '80s punk legends X and mainstay alternative rockers Pearl Jam, whose two-hour fest-closing set was joined by Jay-Z for a rocking rendition of 99 Problems. The next generation of artists was well represented, with sets from rap incendiaries Odd Future, genre-bending newcomer Santigold and emotive hip-hop superstar Drake.
Day 2 may have lacked the first day's experimental bent, but the decades-spanning artists delivered another day of rewarding sets. (The action was captured for an upcoming Made in America documentary directed by Ron Howard and Brian Grazer.
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Silver and gold: Santigold kicked off the main stage with a vibrant set that brought some color to the gray afternoon. Rocking a spangled black bodysuit, Santi White peppered new tracks from her May release Master of My Make-Believe into well-seasoned hits from her self-titled debut. Midway through the set, she gave some love to Philadelphia-based Diplo, dropping her Major Lazer collaboration Hold the Line, complete with a costumed horse on stage. She was flanked by two umbrella-toting background singers who strutted in synch.
The instrumentation, normally buried beneath her vocals on her records, stood out live, flavored by arpeggiators and a shredding electric guitar. White's voice was the standout, switching from a speak-sing on Creator to shrilly soaring on Say Aha. Her performance incorporated a wide reach of genres, mixing dancehall and EDM elements into her dub-flavored electro-pop to speak a language that appeals to modern pop audiences.
Hive mind: Kicking off the afternoon in front of an enormous American flag on the smaller Liberty Stage was Swedish post-punk fivesome The Hives. From the entrance, in which the bandmates bounded on stage dressed to the nines in tuxedos and top hats, The Hives performed like they had something to prove, delivering a tightly wound set of snappy riffs and howling vocals. The frenetic performance included plenty of moves swiped straight from classic rock arenas, with frontman Pelle Almqvist throwing guitar spins, stage kicks and microphone swings - all within the first two minutes.
That wasn't to say the band's wild theatricality, with synchronized jumping and copious amounts of handclaps, wasn't fun to watch. Almqvist served as the set's deranged master of ceremonies, delivering delightfully bizarre stage banter.
"Please rise for your national anthem!" he yelped, before launching into 2000 hit Hate to Say I Told You So. A testament to the power of The Hives' stage prowess, Almqvist convinced the notoriously fickle Philadelphia audience to part in the middle and sit on the soggy grass at his command as he sprinted through the crowd during closer Tick Tick Boom. The Hives' brand of entertainment is abundant in cliché, but their humorously odd and wildly impassioned live set got the crowd's blood flowing.
The jazz singer:Jill Scott introduced the abundance of young adults in the Made in America crowd to a more mature flavor of classic R&B and soul. Backed by a full band, her smooth jazz instrumentation kicked into overdrive with a dynamic horn section and deft percussion. Scott struck a powerful presence on stage, dressed in head-to-toe black. While lower in energy than the days' previous acts, Scott was clearly the veteran in the pack, showing a mastery of the stage singular among Day 2's performers.
Unlike modern pop stars, she eschewed technical bells and whistles onstage, relying only on her rich, colorful vocals and her backing band to deliver a powerhouse performance, delighting the crowd with explosive, perfectly placed vocal runs. Scott upped her throwback game when she invited hip hop-star and Philly native Eve on stage to perform classic hit Let Me Blow Ya Mind.
On a day that boasted a lineup of more classic acts, Scott proved her contemporary soul never goes out of style.
Rap goes punk: Anticipation had been building all afternoon for rap renegades Odd Future's set, and the crowd to see the Southern California rap collective ballooned by the second as fans sprinted over from Run DMC's set. Odd Future's Domo Genesis and Hodgy Beats were the first to emerge, teasing a track from their MellowHype side project. They were soon joined by Tyler, the Creator, the collective's leader and brightest star. "We don't have much time, so let's get this started," Tyler yelled at the crowd, as the rappers broke out an abbreviated, bass-heavy version of French.
For all the storied riots that have historically occurred at Odd Future's live shows, the crowd was relatively tame, save for a dedicated group of fanatics losing their minds at the front of the stage.
The inconsistent set suffered from sound problems, with poor mixing and microphone issues that muddled many verses. With the other members' mikes turned down and Tyler's voice even more hoarse than its usual gravelly timbre, it was hard for any one member's contribution to shine onstage.
The rain began to fall several songs in, and the umbrellas dotting the crowd and casual fans running for cover didn't do anything to help the lethargic vibe of the set's first half. The show worked best when Tyler's aggressive charisma took the forefront, or when Hodgy got the chance to display his underrated rapping skills
The set began to pick up after its midpoint, with Bastard introducing Earl Sweatshirt, Odd Future's strongest lyricist, to deliver a solid performance over ominously pounding strings. With the group finally having reached maximum energy levels, Tyler furiously spat lyrics while two-stepping across the stage, evidence of his punk sensibilities that set him apart from other young rappers today.
Prince of rap: During a festival that operated like clockwork, Drake came out five minutes early. The rapper's meteoric rise and two massively successful albums earned him a main-stage spot before Pearl Jam, and he rifled through a medley of hits in front of easily the largest crowd of the day. Dressed all in white, he delivered the same levels of melodrama live as on his records, with the wailing guitar solos and cymbal crashes only adding to the display of emotion on stage. "I don't need no water, I don't need a break - I'm ready to do this," he told the crowd, before bringing out collaborator 2 Chainz to drop a raucous version of summer smash No Lie.
2 Chainz hijacked the stage to perform Spend It, and minutes after he walked off the stage, Drake introduced French Montana to perform Pop That. Finally retiring his guests, he took center stage for the set's sleepy middle section, which dragged with R&B cuts that flagged in energy live. At times, Drake's pained facial expressions and lovelorn stage banter touched on ridiculous, but for an artist so obsessed with realness, his performance was anything but, emitting sizable star wattage.
And as momentarily thrilling as the novelty guests were, Drake functioned best with the stage to himself, bounding around as fire erupted around him during HYFR and jumping into the crowd for Lil Wayne's verse of The Motto. Ultimately, Drake's ego stole the show, but for all the other faces he brought on stage, never once did anyone in the crowd forget who the star was.