Jay-Z’s popular ‘Made in America’ music festival founded by the Philadelphia parkway by the mayor of the city.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jay-Z said Wednesday he is disappointed that Philadelphia is the start of his annual music festival of the city’s main boulevard, accuses the mayor of having “zero appreciation for what America has been built along the phenomenal citizens of this city.”
Writing in The Philadelphia Inquirer, the music mogul rapped the city for the making of a decision for the consultation of the organisers, that a failure on the part of the Democratic Mayor, Jim Kenney.
The mayor said that he thought that the city had communicated with Jay-Z.
“I love Jay-Z,” Kenney said at a press conference. “We love the concert and we want to keep it.” He said that the city is looking for alternative sites and hopes to solve what he called an “unfortunate misunderstanding.”
Held each year since 2012, Made in America has drawn as many as 50,000 people on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, a heavily visited stretch of museums, monuments, fountains and the famous “Rocky” steps at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Fans crowd outside of the ‘Made in America festival in Philadelphia.
But the city said the festival is no longer welcome on the parkway after this year.
“We had a number of operational problems on the parkway, because of how long it takes to set up and take,” Kenney said.
Made in America was originally intended to attract people to Philadelphia on Labor Day weekend, traditionally a slow time for tourism, said city spokeswoman Sarah Reyes. But the growth in tourism since then means, “the need for an event of this size at this location may no longer be necessary,” she said in an e-mail.
The two days of the festival also has drawn noise complaints from some neighbors, philly.com reported .
Nicki Minaj, Meek Mill and Post Malone are set to perform this year at the festival.
Jay-Z wrote that it is Made in America has led to an economic impact of almost $103 million from 2012.
“Do they regularly refuse minority-owned companies that want to continue to grow and expand his city’s people?” Jay-Z wrote.
The news website of Billy Penn was the first report of the city’s decision.