Jay-Z unhappy 'Made in America' leaving Philadelphia parkway

Lawrence Kim
July 20, 2018

Jay-Z's annual Made in America festival will no longer be held on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia, and he's not taking the news lightly. "But the city is interested in discussing alternate locations within Philadelphia for future years".

Jay Z asked in his statement, which he released as an op-ed to the website, "How does an administration merely discard an event that generates millions ... and employs the city's people as if we are disposable now that we have served our goal?" In an interview before the festival's inaugural edition, the rapper and entrepreneur told the Philadelphia Inquirer, "It will be alive and electric, right in the middle of the city".

It's unclear if the festival would continue and where the city would put it.

The fest will be headlined by Nicki Minaj and Post Malone this year while other performers include Meek Mill, Diplo, Janelle Monae, Fat Joe, 6LACK, Ty Dolla Sign, Belly, Rich The Kid and more.

"This is the a year ago MIA will be held on the Parkway".

A rep for Philly Mayor Jim Kenney dropped a bombshell Tuesday that "This is the past year [the fest] will be held on the [Ben Franklin] Parkway". "Over the years, tourism has grown overall". The 2019 Made in America festival will not take place on the parkway, Billy Penn has learned. Of that amount, $600,000 was covered by Roc Nation, per the city, and Roc will make an additional payment of $80,000 later this year. "They broke up with us in the press".

In a Wednesday column in the Inquirer, Jay-Z accused the city of making the decision without a "meeting, notice, dialogue or proper communication". "It signifies zero appreciation for what Made In America has built alongside the phenomenal citizens of this city".

He added, "In fact, this administration immediately greeted us with a legal letter trying to stop the 2018 event".

How does an administration, merely discard an event that generates millions in income and employs the city's people as if we are disposable now that we have served our objective? We are committed to its continued success and thank them for their partnership. So, you can understand why he's taken a back by the news.

The relationship between Made in America and the city of Philadelphia was begun by Kenney's predecessor, Michael Nutter. He claimed the festival had brought in more than $100m (£77m) to the city's economy plus $3.4m paid in rent, and highlighted the work of its philanthropic partner Cause Village.

Jay-Z is embroiled in a dispute with the mayoral office of Philadelphia after it announced plans to change the location of his music festival, Made in America.

Kenney has since released a statement softening his stance, saying he was "greatly appreciative" of the festival. "We are interested in discussing the festival's future with the producers and look forward to continuing a partnership".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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