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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 →

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The Week Ahead: Hardwork Movement, Ivy Sole, YallaPunk, Made In America and more

Hardwork Movement | photo by Dylan Eddinger for WXPN | dylaneddingerphoto.squarespace.com

We’re in the last week of summer, people. Even though the season officially continues for another three weeks, with school starting this week and Labor Day on the horizon, this is pretty much it — so let’s make it count. Here are 12 concerts you can see in and around Philadelphia this week, starting out tonight at Johnny Brenda’s with rapper Kuf Knotz’s classically-oriented new project, and wrapping up with the giant party on the Parkway that is Made In America.
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Made in America adds Kendrick Lamar to the lineup

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. Continue reading →