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NYC rap legends take center stage at Meadows festival in Queens

The Meadows Music and Arts Festival enjoyed a feel-good vibe after a weekend of stellar hip-hop at Citi Field.

The annual show brought the real-life members of Gorillaz before a screen of their animations. The “Feels Good Inc.” group was joined by Long Island trio De La Soul on one of the four stages in the stadium’s parking lot in Queens.

Bedford-Stuyvesant’s own JAY-Z got things rolling on Friday night in a lengthy set during which he got political, dedicating his song “The Story of O.J.,” off his latest album “4:44,” to activist NFL player Colin Kaepernick.

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Festivalgoers gather near the main stage during the annual Meadows Music and Arts Festival in Queens.

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Saturday kicked off with a performance from Brooklyn-based rap trio Flatbush Zombies on the main stage, followed by Queens’ LL Cool J and a special guest appearance from Hollis native Darryl (D.M.C.) McDaniels.

JAY-Z still runs NYC with triumphant Meadows festival set

Saturday night also promised a set from Mos Def, of Bed-Stuy, and the Bronx’s Pusha T.

JAY-Z performs onstage during the Meadows Music And Arts Festival - Day 1 at Citi Field on September 15, 2017 in New York City.

JAY-Z at 2017 Meadows Festival

Before Gorillaz stepped on mainstage, trap rapper Future had a surprise assist from Nicki Minaj. 

The music continues Sunday with performances from Queens’ Nas and Action Bronson, plus Staten Island’s Ghostface Killah.

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Killer Mike (l.) pictured with El-P of “Run The Jewels” (RTJ) perform on stage at the Citi Field parking lot.

(Chase Gaewski/for New York Daily News)

The Red Hot Chili Peppers will close out the the annual festival, which is now in its second year. 

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