Philly mayor wants to evict Jay Z’s music fest amid Meek Mill drama

As controversy continues to rage in Philadelphia over rapper Meek Mill’s probation case — the city mayor’s office has moved to boot the popular Made in America festival created by Meek’s Roc Nation label founder Jay Z.

A rep for Philly Mayor Jim Kenney dropped a bombshell Tuesday that “This is the last year [the fest] will be held on the [Ben Franklin] Parkway.” That was apparently news to Jay Z and Roc Nation — as well as the concert’s promoter, Live Nation.

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Jay Z fired back on Wednesday, revealing in a statement that the mayor’s office also tried to cancel this year’s fest — which will feature Meek Mill, Nicki Minaj and Post Malone, Sept. 1 and 2.

“We are disappointed that the Mayor… would evict us from the heart of the city, through a media outlet, without a sit-down meeting, notice, dialogue or proper communication,” the hip hop mogul wrote. “It signifies zero appreciation for what Made In America has built alongside the phenomenal citizens of this city.”

He added, “In fact, this administration immediately greeted us with a legal letter trying to stop the 2018 event.”

Roc Nation COO Desiree Perez exclusively told us that she’d previously tried to reach out to the mayor’s office and never heard back before the city publicly said the fest would move. “I’d love to have a conversation,” she said. “We’re shocked. We couldn’t believe it. We don’t have a clue about the hostility we’ve received.”

Jay Z said the minority-owned fest that’s included Rihanna, Kanye West and Pearl Jam, has brought $102.8 million to the city, paid $3.4 million in rent and employed thousands.

Reports said that Made in America’s five-year contract ended in 2017 and was renewed for one year.

A rep for the mayor told “When the festival first started, it was intended to provide a unique attraction to the city on the otherwise quiet Labor Day weekend… Over the years, tourism has grown… and the need for an event of this scale at this location may no longer be necessary.”

Jay Z asked in his statement, which he released as an op-ed to the website, “How does an administration merely discard an event that generates millions … and employs the city’s people as if we are disposable now that we have served our purpose?”

Some music fans speculated the city might be targeting a hip-hop-heavy lineup. “Roc Nation got a call that the administration wanted to see this year’s lineup,” which Roc Nation refused, a source said. “What does that have to do with the city?”

The Mayor called the issue a “misunderstanding” and said in a statement to Page Six: “The City of Philadelphia supports the Made in America festival and is greatly appreciative of all that it has done for Philadelphia. We are committed to its continued success and thank them for their partnership. We hope to be able to resolve what has been an unfortunate misunderstanding. We are working with Roc Nation and Live Nation to resolve this issue and we are committed to continuing our partnership with the Made in America festival.”

Grammy Award® and Emmy Award®-winning artist, Justin Timberlake, today released his long-awaited new single, “Suit & Tie featuring JAY Z.”

New York, NY – Grammy Award® and Emmy Award®-winning artist, Justin Timberlake, today released his long-awaited new single, “Suit & Tie featuring JAY Z.”  For the next 24 hours, fans can either exclusively purchase the song at the iTunes Store or stream the song at the new Myspace at  At 12:01 AM Eastern Standard Time tonight, radio stations worldwide will receive the song simultaneously as one of today’s most iconic entertainers officially marks his return to music.“Suit & Tie featuring JAY Z” was written by Justin Timberlake, Timbaland, Shawn Carter, Jerome “J-ROC” Harmon and James Flauntleroy and produced by Timbaland, Justin Timberlake and Jerome “J-ROC” Harmon.  The song is the first release off Timberlake’s forthcoming album, The 20/20 Experience, due out this year on RCA Records.

Click the image below or visit to hear “Suit & Tie featuring JAY Z” and to read a letter from Justin about his return to music.



Jay-Z and Coldplay co-headlined the Barclays Center in Brooklyn last night, and rang in 2013 together. Coldplay frontman Chris Martin sang “Auld Lang Syne” as balloons showered the audience. (Martin’s kids and wife Gwenyth Paltrow can be seen in the video celebrating from the stage, as well.) Jay-Z and the band then went straight into “Run This Town,” which they performed together at the closing of the London 2012 Paralympic Games this past summer. In addition to his own set, Jigga man joined Coldplay for their collaboration “Lost+” earlier in the evening. Beyonce, Christina Aguilera, Taylor Swift and One Direction’s Harry Styles were also at the house that Hov built for the NYE festivities.

T Magazine: MEN’S FASHION FALL 2012

Jay-Z and Zadie Smith discuss his music, his life, politics and, oh yeah, the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn, in the cover story of the fall men’s fashion issue of T. Inside, the actorNico Tortorella models the latest knits, the musicians inSweet Swing Trio show off looks from Paris, and the rock climber Chris Sharma proves he’s actually pretty grounded. For the newest fashion trends, check out our roundup of svelte new overcoats or see what Suzy Menkes has to say about man bags. Don’t forget to check out David Amsden’s report on fitness gear that broadcasts your results to the world; Lynn Yaeger’s look at Artcurial in Paris, where the auction lots include hunks of meat; and Janine di Giovanni’s profile of Gene Sharp, who has helped spread peace around the globe for 40 years. When you’re done, visit a classicPhilip Johnson house filled with art; meet Brit Marling, an actress, screenwriter and Georgetown grad; and hit theCannes red carpet with the likes of Zac Efron, Chris O’Dowd and David Cronenberg, who show off the season’s premier essential: a non-red-carpet coat. See more from the issue >>