Last week Jay-Z expressed his desire to have both President Obama and Beyoncé join his upcoming Made in America festival in Philadelphia, sponsored by Budweiser. Hov revealed that roughly 70 percent of the acts were already nailed down, with Mayor Nutter promising a diverse pool of talent to fill the city's Benjamin Franklin Parkway over Labor Day weekend. We've been consumed by the possibilities ever since, already planning our surprise faces at potential festival lineups that both include and exclude Blue Ivy Carter.
In advance of an official announcement, Philly.com reported that Afrojack, D'Angelo, Drake, Miike Snow, Odd Future, Pearl Jam, Santigold and Skrillex are among the 28 artists scheduled to perform September 1 and 2, a result of a Ticketmaster glitch over the weekend. Insert your jokes about the aforementioned list being short on both Philly natives and anyone who happens to have been made in America—you wouldn't be the first to do so. So far only Pearl Jam has added Made in America to its official site, listing Dirty Projectors, Jay-Z and Passion Pit as the event's fellow acts. Consequence of Sound points to Maybach Music's Rick Ross and Meek Mill with little found in the way of "evidence." Still, as a proud Philly native, the latter works to fulfill the role of the Beloved Hometown Performer, but if Will Smith isn't still gallivanting around Europe babbling about Men In Black III by then, at least we'll know he's up for busting out a little Fresh Prince.
While we'd make the trip for Jay-Z and Jay-Z alone, we really, really (really, really) want the entirety of this lineup to be true—and then some. Don't let us down, Hov! Stay tuned for the promised lineup in full, and make all the necessary arrangements before tickets go on sale this Wednesday via LiveNation.