Hot hot heat, an abundance of Budweiser, and 70,000 plus fans singing along to their favorite songs as the artist performed them pretty much sums up what Made America was like. I mean it was most definitely that and everything else you would typically see at a festival. There were kids on all kinds of sedatives, people passing out due to dehydration, and of course people moshing. My group of friends most certainly participated in the moshing thanks to Budweiser of course.
The adventure all began around 9 AM when a black Chevy Impala pulled up in front of my building. Now I’m going to be honest, when my manager Michelle asked me if I wanted to partner with GM and use this car in specific I became a bit skeptical. Only because I immediately thought of a cop car, and to be honest I really wanted to ride out to Philly in a Chevy Tahoe or Chevy Suburban. You know, feel like I was of some importance or whatever. Now I can’t even lie, when I signed the papers and got in the car I was taken back. The features in the car had me feeling likeIi was living in the future. Not only was the car ridiculously spacious, but the navigation system in the car was damn near the size of a television screen. The 8-inch touchscreen navigation MyLink system also has a feature called Apple CarPlay which synchronizes with your iPhone which makes life so much easier. The MyLink feature also has a weather feature,a text app, and so many other features.I legit wish I was able to do a road trip with all the homies in this vehicle. There were so many other facets this vehicle has to offer that i was completely incognizant to. In fact, I was dubious to the fact that this sedan had 4G LTE Wi-Fi that passengers were able to use as long as they were in the car. Like who doesn’t love free WiFi. This is super dope for people who use streaming apps to play their music, or even those who just spend large increments on time browsing the web.
Honestly, I don’t feel like my recap regarding the car ride to Philly is doing this car justice. It’s like one of those feelings you just have to experience yourself. The car has so many valuable specs but I have to say some of my favorite features was the ability for the car to alert me when the signal was on to long. The Chevy Impala also notifies you when you get close to another car or close to a side rail.That means blindspots no longer exist. The vehicle also has built in technology that blinks on the side mirrors of the car. The adaptive cruise control was also came in handy for the simple fact that we were driving a bit of a distance. Oh, yeah and let me not forget to add the back up camera that is super clutch for people that need a little help whipping their cars into a spot. This car was so spacious that I was able to sit on the floor in the back and get my hair braided while headed to Philly.
Well now that i gave you the run down of how dope the car ride out to Philly was, let me put you on to what happened once we got to the hotel. Of course I’m Miss Scatter Brain and forgot to mention that my good friends Ashley Outrageous and Kahh took the the ride out there with me.
So we arrived at the Sheraton in Downtown Philly, parked the car and checked in only to be greeted with a nice cold Bud.Being that Ashley Outrageous and I collaborate on so many things it was only right they paired us to bunk together. Oh, let me just say whoever did all the branding from Anheuser Busch did a phenomenal job. There was no way you were walking into that hotel and not sensing Budweisers awareness. After grabbing the Bud, we trekked up the elevator with all our luggage and plopped on the bed. Some of you guys legit saw us diving onto the bed on my snap chat. Anyways,I was extremely exhausted from the day before so i took a long awaited nap only to wake up to 30 thousand text messages from all my friends like “where are you”? After lifting the covers from under my head I got a call from Ashley like “are you awake, Kah and i stepped out to go look for a book bag, but i need you to get ready because we have to prepare for our evening with Budweiser”. It took everything in me to not continue resting my limbs, but it was time to kick off the weekend the right way and i did just that. Ashley had just gotten back to the room so and we legit had 20 minutes to get ready so i threw on the wig i had from my birthday two days prior with a baseball cap, gave myself a basic beat (make-up lingo) and put on some jeans and wife beater and ran downstairs. We were a couple minutes behind the group so we had to jump in a cab and meet them at the Independence Hall Visitor Center for Happy Hour. When we arrived to the site we greeted our homies that we had already knew. Our girl Rory who handles all the press/marketing for Budweiser invited us out for the weekend and introduced us to some other cool people from press outlets that would be in our group. From there we all went across the street for a tour of the Independence Hall and The Liberty Bell. We had the cutest tour guide lead the group and kick knowledge on during the tour. Her passion alone made it easy to focus. This nostalgic moment had me feeling like I was back in elementary/middle school.
Once the tour came to an end we hopped in the car service that Budweiser provided and went to ‘The Gaslight’ restaurant for dinner. It was there where we got to learn a lot about one another and share our excitement about the weekend overall. After dinner we went back to our hotel where Budweiser had a lounge set up with music and Bud ready for us to party. Talk about the perfect pre-game! There wasn’t much to do after so we caught up with our friends who went out to Made In America with us the day before and after that we called the night a wrap!
So then it begins, Day 1 of Budweiser’s Made In America! We woke up and had begun to get ready. Kah who helped me create my ‘Littany Sky’ (my alter-ego) look had just finished putting the final touches on my orange wig. He helped me install it onto my head, and even though it looked amazing it still felt like a hat, a hat that wasn’t going anywhere with the amount of pins he put on it. For those of you inquiring how he put this wig together, there is a post on it in the beauty column of my website. Anyways, after putting the wig on, I threw on my sports bra, some shorts, and my shell tops all provided by Adidas and darted to the lobby to meet with Rory and the Budweiser team to get our credentials for entry to the festival. From there we had already missed the pre-game that our friends had gone to, so we went straight to the site. At the site we met up with all our homies, and let me just say, my friends and I were about 20 deep altogether plus we had Pierre and Gio capturing images of the experience of us. If I remember correctly the first artist we went to see was DJ Mustard and his set was super lit! HIs performance alone might have been one of my favorite memories from the festival. We legit had a dance off in the middle of the crowd. I was thoroughly impressed by how much effort he put into his set. We also caught performances by Meek Mill who brought out his girlfriend Nicki Minaj,Atrak,Vic Mensa, Remy Banks, SantiGold, Makonnen, and a couple of other artist.It was so hard for our group to stick together and it was time for me to link with the Budweiser crew to catch the the moment everyone had be waiting on. I have to say that moment was special because Budweiser made sure their guest had one of the best views on site. I even spotted my Kitten Galore family Prince & Jacob, and Shanina Shaik (model) in our section. They made sure we had our own viewing area full of infinite Budlight where we were able to see King Beyonce do her thang! At the VIP Oasis there was also an area were they were giving VIP’s Beyonce flash tattoos. Just as the show was beginning we got a cold Bud and saw her come out. The energy in the crowd felt enormous! Watching grown men fan out to her had to be one of the funniest parts for me. For those of you who have yet to see Beyonce perform she makes sure she gives her all. By her all i mean, she sings, she dances, she changes her outfit a couple times, and this time she even threw some turn up songs from other artist into her set. Honestly, that’s what really got me hype. When she started dancing to Future Ft. Drake’s ‘Where Ya A** Was At’, Throw That Ass In A Circle’, Future’s ‘F*ck Up Some Commas’ , and Fetty Wap’s ‘My Way’ I think I lost my mind! They’re were people who weren’t fans of hers but ended up leaving fans and admitting to that being one of the best performances they had ever seen! For me her performance was at the perfect end to my night, so i went back to the hotel and went straight to sleep.
Day 2: had begun, so I woke up, morphed back into Littany after putting my wig on and got breakfast. This day went a little bit smoother because we already know what to expect after making it through day 1. The squad and I trekked over to the festival site that was a couple blocks away and jumped right into turn up mode! If I’m not mistaken one of the first acts we went to see was Action Bronson. I’m very fond of the last project he put out so it was only right we went to see him. From there we fought to get as close to the stage Future was performing on to see him live. It was a mission because as i mentioned before we were literally like 20 deep. We got as close as we could, and then Ash and I realized we had to go meet up with the Budweiser crew at their tent for our monumnet credentials to see The Weeknd for later that night. Once we had got to the tent we realized it was the best place to view Futures set, so we stayed there. There was craft services and a lot of dabbing going on in our section. I was so impressed by the amount of people from all angles watching Future. I’ve been a fan of his music for a very long time so to see his the progression in both his music and /audience with my own eyes was amazing. The Budweiser tent was a bit elevated so we were able to see over everyone in the crowd glued to Future and DJ Esco as they rocked the crowd. Once Future was finished we walked to another area in the tent and watched Big Sean and J.Cole perform. Lauren and Julian from Complex were a different level of turnt. You had to see their dance moves. After seeing Sean and Cole who we had just saw a month prior on The Forest Hills Drive Tour, we went over to catch the end of Bas, Coz, and Omen’s set. It was a lot of stage hopping back in forth, but luckily for us all our homies from back home were at that stage so we got to turn up to the Grits & Biscuits set which consisted of all throwback and new southern/turn up songs. After that came to an end our homie Ellington who DJ’s for the Flatbush Zombies pulled us all backstage to see the Zombies perform. I’ve been friends with the Zombies for quite sometime, but this had been my first time seeing them perform. Their fanbase is was on another level, they knew all their lyrics word for word. It was awesome seeing them get into character and entertain a crowd like that. I really wanted to stay and kick it with all the homies, but we had to meet up with the Budweiser crew at the monument to catch The Weekend. Once we got to the monument we caught up with Rory, Levi Maestro, who was in our group and a few other people as we waited for the show to begin. Once it had begun i climbed onto some production caskets where i thought i had the perfect view and watched the show. A couple minutes into the show i saw Lenny S from Roc Nation who pulled me into the other VIP entrance where i had an even better view and Justine Skye, Renalle, and her whole crew was. I had no idea i knew some many songs by The Weekend. I mean he was a homie i had the opportunity of building with with during the beginning stages of his career, but i was blown away by how big his catalog had gotten. He sounded amazing live! His band and the overall production of his show was also incredible. I’ve seen him do live shows a bunch throughout his career but this had to be one of the best shows i have seen him do to date.
After watching The Weekend I had to run back to the hotel and get ready for my gig at Rumor. Special thanks to my good friend Quentin for putting that together for both Dimy and I. When we got the spot, it was already packed. Just as I arrived Dimy’s set had been coming to and end, which meant it was my turn to go on. I played for about an hour in a half, and then went into the crowd to turn up with the people. They really really enjoyed that, I did too! It’s not very often I get to have fun with the people who support me and make opportunities like this possible. I also got to run to the other side of the club that was also packed and where Pierre, Ibby, and the other Dreamville guys were. For those of you don’t know I went to college with these guys so it was awesome to see them at the party I was spinning at. After while I got back in the booth, DJ’d some more, and then then the party ended. We walked back to the hotel, I took off my wig, and went straight to bed.
The trip had come to an end, so we checked out of our room, hopped in the Chevy Impala and drove back to New York City. Along the ride back home it was mandatory that we stopped and got some Chik-fil-a. You know their classic nuggets, with that good polynesian sauce, and some lemonade. For the record I got two orders of it to eat for dinner back in New York. Greedy i know! After we ate we continued on our drive home, dropped Ashley off, and then decided at the very last minute to go to Fool’s Gold. We took a nap in the spacious car and then went into the show. I’ll give more details on that in my next post.
Overall, Made In America was a great time! They’re were a lot more attendees this year which made it difficult to run from stage to stage, but the Budweiser team made the experience extremely worth it. I got to establish connections with the people in my group that Budweiser invited, and I also got to see some of my favorite artist perform live. I can’t what they have in store for next year!
Again, special thanks to Budweiser for making this all possible!