Beyoncé didn’t headline the first night of the Made In America festival as much as the Mrs. Carter World Tour made a stop in Philadelphia. In an hour and a half she went through no less than 7 costumes, performed 17 songs and showed 7 short films. Girl got a lot done on the Rocky Steps.
What she brought to the Made In America party was grown woman sexuality. From rolling on the stage while singing “Make Love To Me” to twerking through “End Of Time” to everything about “Get Me Bodied,” Beyoncé gave the crowd a good, hard look at what a sexpot the mother of a toddler could be.
Almost more interesting than the songs, which were all the catalog tracks (heavy on the catalog, light on the hits) and none of her new stuff, were the between song short films. She explored the Marie Antoinette theme she’s been cultivating around her still forthcoming next album. She recreated some well-known pop culture moments with a film reminiscent of a ’90s Calvin Klein perfume ad and one that was distinctly Target-esque. But most touchingly was the film to tease “I Was Here.” The entire audience let out a big “aw” when Blue Ivy popped on the screen.
Jay Z was teased — he made a big trek across the grounds, just like he did last year, from Deadmau5’s stage to Beyoncé’s, and showed up in her act via some background vocals before “Crazy In Love,” but this was the Mrs. Carter Show — only Mrs. Carter. – Courtney E. Smith
WHAT DOES A$AP STAND FOR? NOT “AS SOON AS POSSIBLE”
In case you were wondering what the A$AP in A$AP Rocky stands for, it isn’t the generally accepted acronym “as soon as possible.” They’ve said in interviews that it’s “Always Strive And Prosper.” Good thing, too: the MC hit the stage over 20 minutes late, and played an abbreviated set of only 15 minutes. -Brian Ives