Rap mogul Jay-Z is reportedly giving fans a reason to head back out to Philadelphia in late summer for another “Made In America” festival run.
According to reports, Young Hov’s big, star-studded event will take place during Labor Day weekend.
Jay-Z says “Made in America” is coming back to Philadelphia. The rapper posted a teaser video on his “Life and Times” website Monday that showed footage from last year and said this year’s festival will again take place on Labor Day weekend — Aug. 31 and Sept. 1. Jay-Z says the lineup will be revealed on Spotify this Wednesday. (My News 4)
Last year, Young Hov relied on some high-profile performances courtesy of rock legends like Pearl Jam and Young Money’s Drake to ignite the inaugural Made In America festival.
During a festival that operated like clockwork, Drake came out five minutes early. The rapper’s meteoric rise and two massively successful albums earned him a mainstage spot headlining for Pearl Jam, and he rifled through a medley of hits in front of easily the largest crowd of the day. Dressed all in white, he delivered the same levels of melodrama live as on his records, with the wailing guitar solos and cymbal crashes only adding to the display of emotion on stage. “I don’t need no water, I don’t need a break. I’m ready to do this,” he told the crowd, before bringing out collaborator 2 Chainz to drop a raucous version of summer smash No Lie. 2 Chainz hijacked the stage to perform Spend It, and minutes after he walked off the stage, Drake introduced French Montana to perform Pop That. (USA Today)
The festival also featured acts including Odd Future and local stars like Meek Mill.
Over the course of the weekend, Jay-Z seemed to enjoy watching the success of his eclectic lineup of performers which ranged Miike Snow to Jay Electronica, Odd Future to Skrillex and Drake to Pearl Jam. He’d gathered many hometown favorites including Meek Mill, Jill Scott (who was joined by Eve) and Santigold plus some international favorites like his Roc Nation artist Rita Ora. According to festival organizers there’s a good chance of seeing a repeat festival next year, and in the meantime fans will be able to catch the upcoming Made in America documentary, directed by Imagine Entertainment partners Ron Howard and Brian Grazer. (MTV)
Young Hov’s protégé Freeway previously spoke to SOHH about what Jay could have in store for the first run.
“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)