Philadelphia’s mayor is reportedly trying to push Made in America festival out of its venue without notice — but Jay-Z isn’t leaving without a fight!

The music legend and festival curator has penned an open letter to Mayor Kenney and the people of Philadelphia, addressing the ban on the event from its usual location. As detailed in The Inquirer, Jay says Mayor Kenney is trying to get this year’s festival canceled and wants it out of Benjamin Franklin Parkway for good.

Jay-Z’s official statement reads:

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.

He goes on about the significance of the location:

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.

In closing, the hip hop pioneer raises some important questions:

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?

This is coming as quite a shock to organizers and fans of Made in America. Currently, the festival is scheduled to go down over Sep 1 and Sep 2, 2018 with headliners Nicki Minaj, Post Malone, Diplo, Zedd and more. As for location, we’ll have to wait and see if it’s able to stay put. 

Read Jay-Z’s entire statement here and read more on Made in America here.


Source: The Inquirer