Jay-Z unhappy about having to leave parkway
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jay-Z said Wednesday he’s disappointed that Philadelphia is booting his annual music festival from the city’s grandest boulevard, accusing the mayor of having “zero appreciation for what Made In America has built alongside the phenomenal citizens of this city.”
Writing in The Philadelphia Inquirer, the music mogul rapped the city for making a decision before consulting organizers, calling it a failure on the part of Democratic Mayor Jim Kenney.
The mayor said he thought the city’s position had been communicated to Jay-Z.
“I love Jay-Z,” Kenney said at a news conference. He said the city is looking at alternative sites and hopes to resolve what he termed an “unfortunate misunderstanding.”
Held each year since 2012, Made in America has drawn as many as 50,000 people to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, a heavily visited expanse of museums, monuments, fountains and the famed “Rocky” steps at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
But the city said the festival is no longer welcome on the parkway after this year.