Jay-Z's seventh annual Made in America festival, headlined by Nicki Minaj and Post Malone, will take place at Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia on Sept. 1-2. The festival is known for having an eclectic mix of artists, particularly from hip-hop, R&B, dance and pop. Pre-sale tickets for Tidal members and Citi's Private Pass members will be available until June 7 at 10 p.m. ET. Tickets to the general public go on sale June 8 at 10 a.m. ET. Proceeds from the festival will benefit ACLU of Pennsylvania and the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey. Tidal.com will have live streaming of the festival.
Although any festival's headliners are considered the biggest draws to the event, here are five artists to also watch at Made in America 2018:
5. Amara La Negra
Amara La Negra is the breakout star of "Love and Hip-Hop: Miami," but she was a performer for many years before the show's January 2018 debut. She was a child star on Univision's variety show "Sábado Gigante." As a singer of Latin urban music, La Negra (whose real name is Dana Danelys De Los Santos) has been releasing music since 2012. Now signed to Fast Life Entertainment Worldwide and BMG, she has released the singles "What a Bam Bam" and "Insecure" this year. La Negra is known for her charismatic personality and high-energy performances that usually include bringing up at least one member of the audience on stage to dance with her. The "Love and Hip-Hop" franchise has already helped Cardi B become a big star, so it's very possible that La Negra could also reach major stardom in the music industry.
Part comedy act, part spoken-word artist, Hobo Johnson & the LoveMakers deliver stream-of-consciousness poetry to rock and electronic beats. Don't expect tight melodies watching this act, but instead be prepared to be entertained and amused by Johnson (whose real name is Frank Lopes) and the band as they revel in their weirdness. Hobo Johnson & the LoveMakers are expected to perform their song "Peach Scone," which became a viral video hit this year when the band's live performance of the song premiered on NPR's Tiny Desk Contest. In a sea of cookie-cutter acts that are too similar to each other, Hobo Johnson & the LoveMakers stand out like no other.
Grammy-winning DJ/producer Diplo (whose real name is Thomas Wesley Pentz Jr.) is the electronic-dance-music act at Made in America 2018 who has the most diverse musical offerings in his live act. As a solo artist, Diplo almost never performs the same set list twice, so expect the unexpected for his live mixes, from mainstream top 40 to reggae to hip-hop to techno. Diplo should also perform at least one song from his 2018 "California" EP, and his Made in America performance also might include a surprise guest.
As a former protégée of Prince, Janelle Monáe has continued his legacy of blending R&B, funk and pop with other genres in songs that are open expressions of sexuality and freedom. As a performer, Monáe brings the same type of self-confidence to the stage that Prince had, but with her own style and swagger. Unlike many other divas who rely too much on pre-recorded tracks in concert, Monáe can truly deliver a stellar live performance from start to finish. Her Made in America set should include several songs from her third studio album, Dirty Computer, which was released in April.
1. Meek Mill
Meek Mill's performance will no doubt be one of the most talked-about at Made in America, since it will be the rapper's first performance in his hometown of Philadelphia since he was released from prison on April 24, following a controversial sentence for probation violations. Jay-Z, who curates the Made in America festival, has been an outspoken supporter of Meek Mill and was one of the numerous celebrities who advocated for Meek Mill's release from prison. On May 12, Meek Mill (whose real name is Robert Rihmeek Williams) did an unannounced performance at the Rolling Loud Festival in Miami. According to Complex, Meek Mill's 20-minute set at Rolling Loud included the songs "On the Regular," "Issues," "We Ball," "Dreams and Nightmares" and "1942 Flows." Meek Mill's Made in America performance will likely include those songs too, but his hometown return should add a certain exhilaration to the show.
In a sea of cookie-cutter acts, Hobo Johnson & the LoveMakers stand out like no other.