Kendrick Lamar is the latest addition to 2018 MIA fest, promises “a very special set”

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Kendrick Lamar is the latest addition to 2018 MIA fest, promises “a very special set”Kendrick Lamar Festival 2018

Kendrick Lamar is the latest top-tier rapper to join this year’s Made In America billing. The Philly festival is the most recent addition to a busy late summer/fall itinerary of festival hopping for the rapper, who is also fresh off his TDE: Championship Tour with fellow Top Dog Entertainment artists SZA and Schoolboy Q. The announcement promises a “very special set” from Kung Fu Kenny, hinting at some major surprises.

Lamar will join a wildly stacked weekend lineup featuring huge names across hip-hop, dance music, and R&B, including Post Malone, Nicki Minaj, Diplo, Zedd, Cashmere Cat, Pusha T and more. The festival’s future was in question after the city’s mayor was reportedly set to ban MIA from the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the location in the heart of downtown used since the fest’s inaugural weekend in 2012. JAY-Z, the fest’s founder and organizer, put Mayor Jim Kenney on blast in a widely-publicized open letter. Thankfully, Mayor Kenney and HOV’s camp were able to smooth things over after meeting in person, and released a joint statement promising that the festival will remain in its original downtown location “for years to come,” and now Kendrick is cooking up something special to celebrate.

Philly’s mayor confirms Made In America Fest will be held at Benjamin Franklin Parkway for ‘years to come’ after meeting with JAY-Z

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Philly’s mayor confirms Made In America Fest will be held at Benjamin Franklin Parkway for ‘years to come’ after meeting with JAY-ZJay Z Made In America

After the Philadelphia mayor’s office announced Made in America Festival is moving locations from Benjamin Franklin Parkway after 2018, Jay-Z called out Mayor Jim Kenney for evicting the festival.

Benjamin Franklin Parkway cuts through the cultural heart of Philadelphia, and since 2012, Made in America has been held in that historic location. After Roc Nation and the mayors office met, Mayor Kenney wrote the following.

“I am greatly appreciative of everything that Made in America has done for the City of Philadelphia and I remain committed to its continued success. The Made in America festival belongs in Philadelphia—the birthplace of our country—and I’m optimistic that we can turn an unfortunate misunderstanding into a positive outcome and even stronger event. I look forward to working with Roc Nation and Live Nation, and maintaining this Philadelphia tradition for years to come.”

Thanks to Jay-Z’s actions, Made in America will stay in the historic landmark. Roc Nation’s COO, Desiree Perez, followed, discussing the candid and constructive nature of their conversation. Any miscommunications in the incident and concerns for were aptly addressed as both parties are excited to move forward. Both statements from the mayor and Jay-Z were made without proper face-to-face communication, citing proper dialogue as a integral action towards progress.

Made in America 2018 will take place Sept. 1-2 at Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia; exactly where it will be held for subsequent years to come. Headliners include Nicki Minaj, Post Malone, ZeddMeek Mill, Diplo, Miguel, Janelle Monáe, Alessia Cara, Fat Joe, and 6LACK.

H/T: Pitchfork

Black Thought – “Rest In Power” Video

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Black ThoughtJay-Z is one of the executive producers of Rest In Power: The Trayvon Martin Story, a six-part documentary series that debuts on the Paramount Network next week. Black Thought recorded an original song for the series, “Rest In Power,” that addresses its subject matter: “In America, one tradition that lasts/ Is black blood woven into … More »

Made In America Festival Will Stay In Philadelphia, Following Mayor’s Meeting With Roc Nation

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Made in America Festival will stay in Philadelphia, the city’s mayor announced on Monday (July 23) following what he called a “productive” meeting with JAY-Z’s Roc Nation company. More »

At Least We Can Count On Childish Gambino For Great Videos

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JAY-Z denounces Philadelphia mayor over Made in America’s eviction from Benjamin Franklin Parkway in open letter

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JAY-Z denounces Philadelphia mayor over Made in America’s eviction from Benjamin Franklin Parkway in open letterJay Z Live The Meadows 2017

JAY-Z‘s Made in America Festival will host its final iteration at the Ben Franklin Parkway from September 1-2, 2018, after which the annual Labor Day Weekend event will relocate.

Made in America’s need to identify a new venue for its succeeding years of production comes after a statement from the office of Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney. “This is the last year MIA will be held on the Parkway,” the office proclaims, “It’s unclear how MIA will want to proceed in the future but the City is interested in discussing alternate locations within Philadelphia for future years.” Made in America’s coerced migration from the Parkway will disrupt the festival’s six-year streak at the locale, hosted in the heart of the city since its inception. The statement continues, “Over the years, tourism has grown overall and the need for an event of this scale at this location may no longer be necessary.”

While the office adds that it remains, open to the event continuing elsewhere, Made in America’s eviction from its long term home did not please festival founder and rap mogul JAY-Z, who since penned an open letter expressing his disappointment with the mayor’s ousting of MIA from the Parkway. The rap mogul counterclaims that Kenney’s move, “signifies zero appreciation for what Made In America has built alongside the phenomenal citizens of this city.”

“Made in America is a multi-cultural platform that represents strength, freedom of speech, and perseverance for artists and music lovers,” JAY-Z writes. He continues, stating, “The Parkway is a cultural arts center that is symbolic to over 600 artists that have performed at this event. The Parkway captures the freedom and spirit of inclusivity that drew us to the city of Brotherly Love.” HOV does not indicate whether his festival property will leave Philadelphia altogether, or how the event organizers plan to relocate the festival in the future. JAY-Z goes on to disclose that the Kenney administration even tried to put a halt on this year’s edition of MIA.

Nicki Minaj and Post Malone headline Made in America’s 2018 edition, joined by Ty Dolla $ign, Diplo, Meek Mill, and Zedd, among other artists.

Read JAY’s full letter below:

The Made in America festival is a multi-cultural platform that represents strength, freedom of speech and perseverance for artists and music lovers. Philadelphia, an iconic city, represents those ideals. The location is integral to the pulse of the festival. The Parkway is a cultural arts center that is symbolic to over 600 artists that have performed at this event. The Parkway captures the freedom and spirit of inclusivity that drew us to the city of Brotherly Love. The celebratory nature and essence of this festival has inspired locals as well as visitors from across the nation to enjoy Labor Day in Philadelphia.

We are disappointed that the Mayor of the City of Philadelphia would evict us from the heart of the city, through a media outlet, without a sit-down meeting, notice, dialogue or proper communication. It signifies zero appreciation for what Made In America has built alongside the phenomenal citizens of this city.

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

Since 2012, Made in America, one of the only minority-owned festivals, has had a positive $102.8 million economic impact to Philadelphia and the festival has paid $3.4 million in rent to the City. Made in America employs over 1000 Philadelphians each day and 85 percent of our partners are Philadelphia based companies.

We have studies and reports that prove the festival significantly contributes to Philadelphia’s tourism bottom line. We cannot comment if the Mayor has reviewed any of these materials.

We consider this stance a failure on the Mayor’s part. Is this an accurate representation of how he and his administration treat partners that economically benefit his city? Do they regularly reject minority-owned businesses that want to continue to thrive and grow alongside his city’s people?

In addition to contributing to Philadelphia, since its inception, Made in America has donated $2.9 million to the United Way of Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey. Cause Village, the festival’s philanthropic footprint and hub for social action, averages more than 15,000 social actions taken over the two-days via ongoing partnerships with more than 56 charitable and activist organizations representing all causes.

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 purpose? The city is right, in one respect, the first Made in America festival took place when there was a great need for tourism. By their admission, the festival first started as a “unique attraction to the City on an otherwise quiet Labor Day weekend. Over the years, tourism has grown overall.” Our question is, “How do you think that tourism grew, Mayor Kenney?”

We will discuss our options internally and handle accordingly.

H/T: Complex

Jay-Z On Made In America: “We Are Disappointed That The Mayor Of The City Of Philadelphia Would Evict Us”

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Jay-ZSince 2012, Jay-Z has held the annual Made In America festival on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia over Labor Day Weekend. In a new op-ed for The Philadelphia Inquirer, Jay-Z says that the city’s mayor, Jim Kenney, has barred the festival from being held on the parkway in 2019, and sent a … More »

Beyoncé and JAY-Z are now collectively worth $1.25 billion

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Beyoncé and JAY-Z‘s net worth now stands at a whopping $1.25 billion, according to Forbes’ latest assessment of the couple’s collective value.

Beyoncé’s net worth sits at $355 million, while JAY-Z’s sits at a cool $900 million. Whereas Forbes attributes much of Beyoncé’s stature to album sales and profit derived from live performances, the business source credits JAY-Z’s staggering net worth to JAY-Z’s business acumen, evidenced by the $600 million dollar value of JAY-Z’s streaming service, TIDAL.

Beyoncé and JAY-Z’s combined net worth can only be expected to augment given The Carters‘ recent release of their first collaborative album Everything Is Love.

H/T: Hypebeast

Beyoncé & Jay-Z, Eddie Vedder, Ed Sheeran, & More To Play Mandela 100 Celebration

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Global Citizen FestivalGlobal Citizen Festival, the annual celebrity-infused anti-poverty benefit concert, is coming to South Africa this year to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s birth. The December event features a typically eye-popping lineup of musicians and will be the culmination of Global Citizen’s yearlong Mandela 100 campaign in partnership with House Of Mandela. More »

Beyoncé & Jay-Z, Eddie Vedder, Ed Sheeran, & More To Play Mandela 100 Celebration

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Global Citizen FestivalGlobal Citizen Festival, the annual celebrity-infused anti-poverty benefit concert, is coming to South Africa this year to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s birth. The December event features a typically eye-popping lineup of musicians and will be the culmination of Global Citizen’s yearlong Mandela 100 campaign in partnership with House Of Mandela. More »