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Made In America artist Rosalía shares striking video for new double single

Rosalía | still from video

Slowing down is not on Rosalía‘s agenda. Since releasing her acclaimed sophomore album EL MAL QUERER last fall, the Spanish artist has been consistently putting out singles. The latest drop, a double single lumped together under the title F*cking Money Man, sees Rosalía continue to push her sound and redefine modern flamenco.

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Made In America artists Freddie Gibbs and Madlib team up again on Bandana

Freddie Gibbs | still from video

In 2014, Freddie Gibbs and Madlib worked together to make Piñata. It was, by all means, a great album, with even better features. Underground rappers like Earl Sweatshirt, Danny Brown, Ab-Soul, and more mainstream names like the late Mac Miller appeared on the tracklist. Piñata was mellow, melodic, and mimicked an old school sound with lyricism at the forefront.

Five years later they’re back with another record, Bandana. Over this period, they have become veteran performers.  One might think it’d be hard to top such a praised collaboration, but they have sharpened their talents over the years. Continue reading →

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Made In America artist Cardi B takes shots at the media on “Press”

Cardi B | photo by Ben Wong for WXPN | brotherlylost.com

Superstar Cardi B is mad at the media, and for good reason. For the past few years, our news feeds have been ablaze with coverage of the Bronx rapper, and it’s not all been complimentary — brawls she’s been aligned with, shows she’s postponed, things she’s said on Instagram. On “Press,” Cardi address the recent surge of coverage and the media in general, sharing her thoughts.

Produced by KeY Wane and Slade Da Monsta, the track is a monstrous banger that houses a ton of energy. “Press, press, press, press, press, Cardi don’t need more press” she sings, clearly mad at the amount of attention she is receiving. Cardi spits her usual braggadocious bars, referencing Bentley’s and MAC Cosmetics. Continue reading →

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Flamenco phenom Rosalía added to Made In America lineup

Rosalía | still from “Pienso En Tu Mirá” video

This year’s Made In America festival just keeps getting better and better. Last month, Lizzo, Lil Uzi Vert, and more were added to the already stacked lineup. The festival has now announced that Barcelona based artist, Rosalía, is set to perform as well, and her futuristic take on flamenco is not to be missed. The eighth installment of the festival will take place at Benjamin Franklin Parkway on August 31st and September 1st. Continue reading →

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Lizzo, Lil Uzi Vert, Charly Bliss among artists added to Made in America lineup

(from left) Lil Uzi Vert, Charly Bliss, Lizzo | photos by John Vettese for WXPN

The eighth annual Made In America festival returns to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on August 31 and September 1, and more artists have been added to the already strong lineup. The Jay-Z curated festival just announced that Lil Uzi Vert, Gucci Mane, Alina Baraz, Jay Critch and more will also be performing at the Labor Day weekend festival. A few of the additions we’re particularly excited about — Lizzo, who has made a huge splash this year with her great new record Cuz I Love You, and the more under-the-radar indie rock band Charly Bliss. Continue reading →

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Travis Scott, Cardi B, James Blake, Anderson .Paak, Tierra Whack and more to play Made In America 2019

Travis Scott | photo by Isaiah Spicer for WXPN / Cardi B | photo by Ben Wong for WXPN / James Blake | photo by Isaiah Spicer for WXPN

The eighth annual edition of the Jay-Z curated Made In America festival comes to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on August 31st and September 1st, and this year sees headlining sets from psychedelic Houston rapper Travis Scott (who also headlines Delaware’s Firefly Music Festival) and Bronx queen Cardi B (who made her MIA debut in 2017). Continue reading →

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Made In America round two was a mixed bag, but Kendrick Lamar, Miguel and Alessia Cara saved the day

Kendrick Lamar | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

On paper, the second day of this year’s Made In America festival was the stronger lineup — it had Kendrick, Nicki, Pusha, Miguel, and those were just the top-billed names. The way it played out was a bit different, with equipment malfunctions (and wardrobe malfunctions) scattered across the day. It felt at a point like we were alternating between artists who had their act incredibly together, and those who did not, and though it was a mixed bag, it was a lot of fun to sort through. Here’s what we heard and saw.
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Meek Mill reigns, Janelle Monae dazzles, Orion Sun and Armani White rep Philly at Made In America Day One

Meek Mill at Made In America | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Grey skies hugged the city of Philadelphia earlier in the day before the sun peeked out from the clouds, sending relief to everyone at Made in America who was geared up for the possibility of rain. From there, the Benjamin Franklin Parkway was flooded with people from all walks of life, ready to dance and party ’til dusk. From amazing early sets by local artists Armani White and Orion Sun, to incredible performances from Sabrina Claudio and Saba, a massive throw-down from Janelle Monae and a tremendous homecoming from rapper Meek Mill, the first day of the festival was a blast. Continue reading →

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20 artists you didn’t realize are playing Made In America this weekend

Saba | photo by Tom Vin | via NPR Music

It’s less than 24 hours till the official kickoff of the seventh annual Made In America festival, and while we’re extremely excited to see headliners Janelle Monae, Kendrick Lamar, Nicki Minaj and Meek Mill over the next couple days, we’re equally excited for the reliably vibrant festival undercard. We dug into the lineup to see what surprises it contained; many of the artists in this list were new to us, many we know and love and had no idea they were in the mix. Read on, and see you on the Parkway this weekend!  Continue reading →