It was officially announced today that Jay-Z would be headlining and curating a 2-day music festival called "Made In America" Sept. 1 and Sept. 2 at Fairmount Park in Philadelphia. It's said that the Festival will "embody the American spirit" across three stages and feature acts from all musical genres.
There are sure to be countless memorable moments at this Festival...but what are some of the ones we MUST see? Here are 10 Things We'd Like To See Happen At Jay-Z's "Made In America" Music Festival.
JAY-Z'S ONSTAGE RECONCILIATION WITH BEANIE SIGEL
With the "Made In America" Music Festival taking place in Philadelphia, it seems like the perfect spot for an onstage reconciliation between Jay-Z and Beanie Sigel.
The beef between Jay and Beanie has been well documented. And while Jay has continued to make power moves, Beanie's career has somewhat floundered although he still remains an icon of Roc-A-Fella's glory days. Picture Jay and Beans squashing it onstage in Philly in front of thousands.
BLUE IVY ONSTAGE FOR A PERFORMANCE OF "GLORY"
Jay-Z and Beyonce, while sharing photos of their daughter Blue Ivy, have been ultra protective of the new arrival otherwise. THE moment of the "Made In America" Festival could be Beyonce holding Blue Ivy onstage while her dad perform's "Glory", the song made for her. Maybe we could even get Blue to recreate the crying ad libs live...pure gold.
A PERFORMANCE BY BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN
Few musicians embody "America" quite like Bruce Springsteen. The guy is a millionaire many, MANY times over yet he still has that "every man" quality that makes his fans feel like he's one of them. A performance by Bruce Springsteen would brand "Made In America" as a staple Music Festival and would give fans of all musical genres a chance to see the real BAWSE.
THE ROOTS AS JAY-Z'S HOUSE BAND
Forget the fact that The Roots are from Philly, it's nothing but pure magic anytime ?uestlove and bandmates back up Hov's performances. This performance won't be truly historic unless The Roots are backing up Jay-Z on Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia's Fairmount Park.
KANYE WEST PERFORMS...NEW MUSIC
It's pretty much a given that Kanye West will have one of the slots on the "Made In America" music festival. And sure, a Yeezy performance is great anytime, but the timing of this Festival may work in our favor. By now we've all heard "Way Too Cold" AKA "Theraflu" which APPEARS to be a first taste of Mr. West's new album. Is it possible that the M.I.A. Festival may bring additional glimpses at Kanye's new LP? It's a high profile enough event that it may warrant some Kanye previews...at the very least, let's see Kim Kardashian onstage dancing to "Workout Plan."
WILL SMITH'S RETURN TO RAP
What better time than the "Made In America" Music Festival for Will Smith to make his return to the mic? Philly's favorite son has been away from the game for a minute but hey, throw in a Jay-Z curated music festival, DJ Jazzy Jeff and a catalogue of classic Hip-Hop and you've got the makings of a great festival performance.
THE BIG JAY-Z CO-SIGN OF ELECTRONIC DANCE MUSIC
EDM (Electronic Dance Music) pretty much rules the world right now. Whether it be Rock, Hip-Hop, or R&B, most genres of music are currently being touched by the hands of the likes of David Guetta, Calvin Harris, Skrillex and more. The "Made In America" Music Festival will hopefully see Jay-Z give his official co-sign of this growing musical takeover. In an interview with Billboard following Jay-Z's announcement of the M.I.A. Festival, Jay mentioned his interest in EDM:
"I love revolutions. Hip-hop was a revolution. Grunge was a revolution. Electronic dance music feels like a revolution, it feels like the kids' music. I just wanna be a part of it, we have a huge footprint in it which is great for us."
Jay called it a "revolution." Expect some glowstick moments at M.I.A.
A PERFORMANCE BY TAYLOR SWIFT
Face facts, although MC's lace tracks, Country musicians sell a shitload of records and are some of the biggest superstars in the world. Taylor Swift is pretty much as big as they come in the Country genre and if Hov is gonna make the "Made In America" Festival a true representation of America, she should be on the bill. Plus, Taylor Swift isn't afraid to perform with ex-felons and weed smokers.
J. COLE GETS TO PERFORM
Many Hip-Hop fans feel Jay-Z slighted J. Cole with his lack of support for the rapper's Roc Nation debut. Sure, Jay appeared on a song on the album (one of the worst songs) but he wasn't exactly shouting J. Cole's name at every chance he got. It would be a nice gesture if Jay-Z gave J. Cole a decent slot on the "Made In America" Music Festival (I'm not talking an 11am breakfast slot here...something mid-afternoon).
A PERFORMANCE OF "N*GGAS IN PARIS" BY ALL ARTISTS ON THE BILL TO CLOSE THE FESTIVAL
Sure, "N*ggas In Paris" isn't exactly "We Are The World" but how awesome would it be to see Bruce Springsteen, Skrillex, Jay-Z and Taylor Swift performing "N*ggas In Paris" together to close the show? Now, I'm not sure how some of these non Hip-Hop artists will feel about performing the same song 15 times in a row, but hey, IT GETS THE PEOPLE GOING!