Top Dawg Entertainment’s Kendrick Lamar is officially pulling through to next month’s Made In America concert. The hip-hop superstar is now slated to perform at the star-studded annual music festival.
This week, the Made In America social channels formally announced K. Dot’s addition.
— Made In America Festival (@MIAFestival) August 13, 2018
A few weeks ago, Philadelphia’s Mayor Jim Kenney and Roc Nation reached an agreement to keep the Made In America event at the same venue moving forward.
“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,” Mayor Kenney said. (Hip Hop N More)
A Roc Nation executive also confirmed Philly’s Benjamin Franklin Parkway would remain the festival’s go-to spot.
Desiree Perez, Chief Operating Officer, Roc Nation added: “We are happy to announce the Made in America festival will continue at the heart of the Philadelphia, the Benjamin Franklin Parkway for many years to come. After a candid and constructive discussion with the Mayor, we are confident any miscommunication is corrected, and we are proactively addressing any concerns. We are committed to bringing the best experience possible to Philadelphians and all music lovers as well as the continuing prosperity of the city.” (Hip Hop N More)
Days prior, a handful of Milwaukee officials formally reached out to Roc Nation about moving the festival there.
Ald. Khalif Rainey and four other aldermen on Thursday sent a letter to Roc Nation, the company run by legendary music mogul Jay-Z, touting the “City of Festivals” as the perfect home for its annual musical event. “I and my community have known for years the entrepreneurial spirit and remarkable success of this event and admired particularly the way it built the foundations of this success in the minority community,” they wrote. The letter was signed by Rainey, Common Council President Ashanti Hamilton and Alds. Robert Bauman, Milele Coggs, and Russell W. Stamper II. (Journal Sentinel)