Jay-Z took the time to release a statement expressing his disappointment with Philly Mayor, Jim Kenny's, ruling to end Made In America's streak on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway since 2012. Kenney stated that this year will be the last that the concert will be held on the parkway due to the costs — approximately half of which have been covered by Jay’s Roc Nation company — and congestion associated with the event. Jay stated that the mayor should have called a meeting with the artist before he made the ruling to evict the festival from the heart of the city through a media outlet.
"Just like it has for the past six years, when Labor Day weekend rolls around this summer, the Ben Franklin Parkway will be transformed into the site of a giant music fest curated by superstar Jay-Z. But this will be the last time. The 2019 Made in America festival will not take place on the parkway, Billy Penn has learned. Roc Nation is adamant the fest will be returning to Philly next year anyway. A rep cites the city’s spirit and brotherhood as an essential part of the concert’s identity." (Billy Penn) -- According to the popular publication outlet, despite the mayor's recent ruling, Roc Nation is still adamant the fest will be returning to Philly next year anyway. A rep cites the city’s spirit and brotherhood as an essential part of the concert’s identity.
Roc Nation recently reposted Hov's reaction on its socials:
Made In America also recently lost Budweiser as it's sponsor, but the event producers say that's not a problem for them at all.
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