Jay-Z Pens Op-Ed About 'Made in America': 'We Are Disappointed That the Mayor of the City of Philadelphia Would Evict Us'
This year might just be the last time you can catch the well-known Made In America music festival on the Benjamin Franklin Freeway in Philadelphia; city Mayor Jim Kenney recently said the festival won't be held on the parkway after 2018.
Now, the founder of the festival, JAY-Z, has written an open letter to the mayor for local Philadelphia newspaper The Inquirer, published today (July 18). In it, he points out that the economic benefits to the city should not be ignored.
"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," the mogul writes.
Despite the mutual separation between Budweiser and the music festival, MIA still has multiple partners in-line for this year's festivities including PUMA, Abercrombie & Fitch and American Airlines. Budweiser once spent millions of its budget on promoting the festival, and reasoned its backing out to focusing on other music priorities within the industry. The household brand has long been linked to JAY-Z, dating back to a 2007 Super Bowl ad featuring the rapper.