Made in America adds Kendrick Lamar to the lineup

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Kendrick Lamar | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

After appearances at the BB&T and Firefly earlier this summer, Kendrick Lamar is about to make his return to Philly, this time as the just-announced headliner of next month’s Made in America Festival. The festival announced its initial lineup back in June, and with names like Nicki Minaj, Meek Mill and Janelle Monae at the top of the bill, the addition of another extremely high-profile headliner just a few weeks before showtime comes as a bit of a surprise — albeit a very welcome one. Made in America also announced last week that several additional acts, including Pusha T, 6ix9ine and Daniel Caesar, will also appear.

The annual Labor Day weekend festival will take place on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway this year — and for years to come, according to a statement from the Mayor’s office following a contentious debate between the City and the festival’s organizers, namely founder/curator Jay-Z. Made in America is Kendrick Lamar’s only scheduled tour date as of right now, and Made in America tweeted that this will be “a very special set.” The Pulitzer Prize-winning rapper’s last studio album is 2017’s DAMN, and he more recently co-produced the Black Panther soundtrack.

Find tickets and more information on Made in America on the XPN Concert Calendar.

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