Jay-Z got his grunge on at the Budweiser-sponsored Made in America festival when he joined Pearl Jam onstage for a rousing rendition of his classic, “99 Problems.” The frenetic performance captured the vibe well as artists took the opportunity to let their political opinions be heard. Pearl Jam and politics? Who knew. Via Rolling Stone
A day earlier, Jay-Z screened a PSA from Barack Obama for audience members, urging them to vote in the upcoming election. Almost exactly 24 hours later Vedder also dabbled in political gesture: “I want to talk about one of the political parties, ” he told the crowd before charging through the Clash’s protest anthem “Know Your Rights.” “I won’t mention any names, but one of the parties wants to make it harder for you to vote. ” This sermon followed a Vedder discourse on the dwindling job market before the appropriately titled “Unemployable.”
Peep the original “99 Problems” below. Jay did it with Phish back in 2004, but we doubt anyone remembers since it was a Phish show.