Jay-Z had a pretty good weekend, his inagural Made In America festival going off without a hitch. Though his first lady Bey didn’t make the stage, the weekend ran with an impressive billing, which included sets by everyone from D’Angelo to Skrillex and Odd Future to a reunited Run DMC, and included more than a few special moments.
Jay’s weekend was book-ended by two once in a life-time collaborations. The first came ahead of his headlining set on Saturday evening, when he was joined by none other than President of the United States Barack Obama. In Philly via video (below), POTUS urged the 50,000-deep crowd to get out and vote in November, and praised for the Roc Nation head for being an exemplary example of “what made in America means.” Jay went on to earn that praise with a 90-minute set that began with a run of his own hits like “Izzo” and “’03 Bonnie & Clyde,” and ended in a surprise set-within-a-set from Kanye West and his G.O.O.D. music comrades.
And then, though he wasn’t on the schedule, Jay showed up again on Sunday to round out his weekend with one final and unlikely appearance during Pearl Jam’s headlining set. He joined the grunge rock heroes for a rocking rendition of his own “99 Problems,” and from the sounds of it, the crowd loved it.