Your guide to Philly's diverse creative scene, nightlife, music, food & more
All eyes were on Philly this weekend as Jay-Z and his hand-picked lineup took over the Benjamin Franklin Parkway for the inaugural Made in America music festival. It was two days of non-stop, high-energy music, and you know we were there for it from start to finish.
Some of our fave moments:
Of course, Jay-Z's show. There was plenty of Philly love during his show, from his Rocky-style entrance on the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art to Philly's own Freeway, Young Chris and Memphis Bleek joining him onstage. And, he had more than a few surprises up his sleeve during his headlining performance. After lots of rumors and guessing about who might show up on stage with him, Jay-Z didn't disappoint with cameos during his set. After he performed "Public Service Announcement," President Obama touched the stage via video with a special message to Philly and festival goers. Jay-Z stopped the show at one point and said on the mic, "Philly, y'all been good to me; I'll be good to you," and that's when the rest of his surprise cameos rolled out - Kanye West, Pusta T, Big Sean, Common, 2 Chainz and Swizz Beatz all joined him. Truly epic.
And, we loved how much Philly was represented during the entire two days. We - along with the tens of thousands of festival attendees - were hype when Eve stepped out and performed with Jill Scott during Jill's show, who also killed it during her set. Some other Philly highlights included, Wale introducing Philly rapper Meek Mill during Maybach Music Group's performance. Mt. Airy native Santigold captivating the crowd. Philly up and comer GoGo Morrow tearing up the stage with her high-energy show. We caught another Philly artist Aaron Camper performing. And, we spotted Adam Blackstone playing bass during Jay-Z's show.
We're still coming down from everything that happened this weekend, like Run DMC reuniting for the first time in years. Pearl Jam and Jay-Z closing out the festival together with an epic performance of "99 Problems." Janelle Monae bringing the drama during her show. Rita Ora. D'Angelo. The list goes on and on for our favorite moments this weekend.
We're ready for Made in America 2013.
And, did we mention we were at Jill Scott's afterparty - Jill's Joint - at Union Transfer on Sunday? The soulstress hosted the event to support her foundation - The Blues Babe Foundation - and to celebrate her October cover for Essense. Some of our fave DJs were there spinning too - like Aktive, AfroDJiak, Statik, Phsh and R to da Izza. Look out for our coverage of this.
Check out the photos to see everything that happened this weekend. And, our video is with interviews - including an exclusive with Jill Scott, event coverage and more from our Music Insider Laiya is below. Still want more? All of our photos from the weekend can be seen on our Facebook page here. And Laiya takes you inside the festival and Jill Scott's afterparty here.
On August 15, City Hall Presents returns with a special hip-hop and urban culture influenced show, featuring the talents of Chill Moody and The Dollar Boyz. And, if his Billboard-hailed Roots Picnic performance is any indication of what this rising Philly MC has in store for this performance, then things are about to really heat up at City Hall. We'll definitely be there for this one!
Wednesday, August 15
5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
15th & Market Streets
Insider Tip: You can RSVP online here.
She's going to take you through everything leading up to the Roots Picnic with three episodes featuring: The Roots' management doing a walk through of the venue, one of the DJs prepping for the Picnic, and some exclusive behind the scenes footage of The Roots rehearsing with De La Soul.
And stay tuned for more videos, because you know we'll be covering the Picnic over the next two days, so you won't miss a thing that happens backstage this weekend.
First up in making The Roots Picnic happen, Philly 360 Creative Ambassador Brandon Pankey of SEFG (The Roots' management), takes us on the venue walk through before the Picnic. Watch this exclusive footage below. And, look out for episodes 2 and 3 tomorrow morning.
In case you haven’t noticed, this little thing called hip-hop is a pretty big deal. If you live in America and were born between the years of 1970 and 2000, it’s inevitable that hip-hop has influenced your life in some form or fashion--from the way you dress to the way you think.
Since the summer began, local station Power 99 has provided a platform for some of Philly’s best underground hip-hop artists via its online performance series called The Movement.
The Movement showcases artists who are considered to be the “B-side” of hip-hop. The side of the genre that doesn’t get played on traditional radio. Some of the artists who have already blessed the Power 99 performance studio include, Chill Moody, Writtenhouse, Aquil, Dave Ghetto, Hezekiah and Verso, all of whom have poured their souls into each line for a FREE show. That’s right, a FREE show.
Go to power99.com and type in the keyword, “movement” to be taken to where you can RSVP for the remaining shows, or just click here. The remaining artists are Amir Taron, Ako, and Fel Sweetenberg. All the videos from previous performances are onpower99.com.
The Movement airs on power99.com live every Wednesday at 5 p.m., at the Power 99 studio. To see the show in person, RSVP here.
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