By Rob Markman
PHILADELPHIA — There was a Roc reunion today in the city of Brotherly Love. Jay-Z made the trek from Brooklyn to Philadelphia on Monday to announce that he was headlining and curating the Budweiser “Made In America” music festival during Labor Day weekend. Moments before the press conference Hovito was greeted by an old friend; Freeway.
With all of the excitement pouring through the city Freeway took the stage alongside Hov, Philly mayor Michael Nutter and officials from Anheuser-Busch and the United Way. “Everyone knows my love affair with Philly from the amazing, talented artists I’ve signed from here,” Jay said, prompting the State Property MC to jump onstage beside him. “That’s Freeway’s cue” Jay-Z smiled.
It was a great photo-op, or so everyone thought. With Philadelphia Free standing off to the side with his arms crossed, Jay posed with festival organizers. After photos began popping up online many read into the snapshots, speculating on a rift between Freeway and his former Roc-A-Fella mentor, but MTV News was on hand to witness the off-camera interaction between Jigga and Philly Freezer and things were all good.
The show will be held September 1 and September 2 on Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park. Tickets for “Made In America” will go on sale May 23 through Ticketmaster.com andLiveNation.com.
Check MTV News and RapFix on Tuesday to peep our interview with Freeway!