With Jay-Z‘s highly-anticipated Made In America Philadelphia festival set to start tomorrow, SOHH reached out to State Property’s Freeway for his take on Young Hov coming to his city.
Although Free would not confirm if he will rock the mic this weekend, he did promise to be in attendance for the two-day concert series.
“Just be there, man, that’s all I’m going to say,” Freeway told SOHH. “It’s going to be electrifying. I know I’m gonna be there. Just be there, man. It’s just good to see all different types of genres of music come together. It’s good to see people doing something positive and it’s good. I’m a part of it no matter what. I’m a part of it Roc-A-Fella’s history. You can’t mention Roc-A-Fella without me and I’m a party of Philadelphia history. You can’t mention Philadelphia music without me, so, it’s big for me, it means a lot to me, you know? I’m happy that it’s going down.” (SOHH)
According to reports, the fesitivites are slated to kick-off Saturday afternoon.
In case you hadn’t heard, the Budweiser Made In America festival is taking over the Bud, er, Ben Franklin Parkway this weekend. The music gets underway on Saturday at 2 with Texas bluesman Gary Clark Jr. on the main Rocky stage, and till 11 p.m. both days, with Pearl Jam shutting it down on Sunday night. Will people outside the gates really not be able to see or hear anything, as the Mayor and Made In Amerca organizers say? Will all the Bud branding everywhere overwhelm the event, or blend in the background? Will Beyonce be there? Kanye West? The Roots? Will the line at the Pitruco Pizza truck be of reasonable length, or ridiculously long? These and other questions will be answered this weekend. (Philly)
Freeway was on hand for Jigga when he made the Philly announcement last spring.
With all of the excitement pouring through the city Freeway took the stage alongside Hov, Philly mayor Michael Nutter and officials from Anheuser-Busch and the United Way. “Everyone knows my love affair with Philly from the amazing, talented artists I’ve signed from here,” Jay said, prompting the State Property MC to jump onstage beside him. “That’s Freeway’s cue” Jay-Z smiled. It was a great photo-op, or so everyone thought. With Philadelphia Free standing off to the side with his arms crossed, Jay posed with festival organizers. After photos began popping up online many read into the snapshots, speculating on a rift between Freeway and his former Roc-A-Fella mentor, but MTV News was on hand to witness the off-camera interaction between Jigga and Philly Freezer and things were all good. (RapFix)
Line-ups for this weekend’s shows range from Rick Ross to Odd Future.
Saturday 9/1: Jay-Z, Skrillex, Mmiike Snow, Calvin Harris, Maybach Music Group (Rick Ross, Wale, Meek Mill), Passion Pit, Gary Clark Jr., D’Angelo, Dirty Projectors, Janelle Monae, Prince Royce, Nicky Romero, Michael Woods, Otto Knows, Savoy Sunday 9/2: Pearl Jam, Drake, Chris Cornell, Jill Scott, Run DMC, Afrojack, Odd Future, Alesso, X, Santigold, DJ Shadow (DJ Set), The Hives, Rita Ora, Burns, The Knocks (Made In America)
Check out some “Made In America” promo below: