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

Angelo Anderson
July 19, 2018

As controversy continues to rage in Philadelphia over rapper Meek Mill's probation case - the city mayor's office has moved to boot the popular Made in America festival created by Meek's Roc Nation label founder Jay Z. Since 2012, the beloved festival has been held on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia, but city Mayor Jim Kenney said this year will be the last time.

"When the festival first started, it was meant to provide a unique attraction to the city on the otherwise quiet Labor Day weekend", a city spokesperson told Eyewitness News.

Jay Z said the minority-owned fest that's included Rihanna, Kanye West and Pearl Jam, has brought $102.8 million to the city, paid $3.4 million in rent and employed thousands.

Jay Z's popular "Made in America" music festival booted from the Philadelphia parkway by the city's mayor. Roc Nation's costs for this year's fest - which takes place on September 1 and 2 and features Nicki Minaj and Post Malone as well as Philadelphia natives Meek Mill and Diplo - despite losing its original title sponsor, Budweiser. But the growth in tourism since then means "the need for an event of this scale at this location may no longer be necessary", she said in an email.

Held each year since 2012, Made in America has drawn as many as 50,000 people to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, a heavily visited expanse of museums, monuments, fountains and the famed "Rocky" steps at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. "In fact, this administration immediately greeted us with a legal letter trying to stop the 2018 event", Jay continued.

A rep for the mayor's office said a response will be coming later today.

"The location is integral to the pulse of the festival", JAY-Z writes. Is this an accurate representation of how he and his administration treat partners that economically benefit his city? Considering the controversial decision, here's 5 Things You (Probably) Didn't Know About the Made In America festival. "It signifies zero appreciation for what Made In America has built alongside the phenomenal citizens of this city". Philadelphia, an iconic city, represents those ideals.

Kenney responded to Jay-Z on Wednesday, saying in a news conference that "we love" Made in America and "we want to keep it" in Philadelphia. By their admission, the festival first started as a 'unique attraction to the City on an otherwise quiet Labor Day weekend.

According to Vulture, since Jay-Z's open letter took flight, Mayor Kenney's office has walked back its plan to evict the Made of American event and says it is working to the mogul to mend its relationship.

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