I must admit when I first heard about this festival I wasn’t all that hyped about it, I mean Jay-z, Drake, etc could be seen at any venue at anytime. But once I thought about the impact this festival would have in music and in Philly, I thought, “wow this is going to be big”. September 1st was magical (I only stayed for the 1st day due to a conflict in my schedule), it included Jay-Z, D’Angelo, Kanye, Pusha-T, 2 Chainz, Common, Meek Mills, Rick Ross, Wale, Gary Clark Jr, Jay Electronica and Janelle Monae to name a few. The weekend included a Chevy Sonic (Turbo), 4 friends and I believe some vodka? (No drunk driving I promise) and an interview with CEO of Radical media Mr. Jon Kamen.
September 1st seem to go as planned. I picked up the crew on the Upper East Side and then we headed to Philly. The drive was great; all four of us were in an Orange Chevy Sonic Turbo Hatchback, which does 40 on the highway and handles great. On the way we talked politics, hip-hop, Love and Hip-hop, basketball wives and anything relevant at the time. After a couple of hours we finally made it but just when we thought we were close to all the action we had to walk TWO miles to the venue, worst walk EVER! But we digressed. Once there the electricity was apparent. So many people, so much enthusiasm it was almost like we all knew this was history. Acts like Janelle Monea, Jay Elec played on the side stages while Jay-Z, D’Angelo and Kanye played on the main stage.
Before it got real crazy I spoke with Jon Kamen CEO of Radical Media who were at the festival filming a documentary of the MIA festival which will be released in the Spring of 2013, Why Philly, why now? Philly has a history of great music; the appreciation for music in Philly is part of what makes Philly special. Who’s your favorite hip-hop artist? I would have to say Jay-Z. We’ve seen and worked with him since the early part of his career. When do we expect the documentary would be released? I’m hoping Spring 2013, and don’t expect a music film, this is going to be a film about the people of the festival. Ron Howard who is a valuable part of the film and has never made a documentary before but I think he’ll have the chops to get it done.
When we got there we immediately heard the soulful sounds of Ms Monae, then Jay Elec, then the main stage with D’Angelo then after a couple of hours Mr. Jay-Z step on stage and it seemed like time stopped, cause people all stop what they were doing and all focused on the stage. Jay-Z started, then after some songs he took a break and let the G.O.O.D Music crew, 2 Chainz, Pusha-T, Big Sean, and Common do their thing. After the GOOD Music set Jay-Z and Kanye did some tracks off their Watch The Throne album and that brought the house down. Afterwards I felt drained but excited, then came the challenge of finding a cab back to the car, cause there is no way we were walking back to the car after all standing we did that day. I guess they imported cabs from NY because it took us almost an hour to get a cab. Once in the cab we got to the car, grabbed some cheese steaks from Tony’s and our wonderful day came to an end.
Of course I would’nt leave you guys without footage, check out the image gallery and here is video, click here for D’Angelo and click here for Jay-Z.
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