(AllHipHop News) Jay-Z's Made In America in Philadelphia could be drastically different next year, thanks to a controversial decision to move the festival.
MIA, which has taken over the Ben Franklin Parkway since its inception in 2012, will be moving to another location after this year.
Founder Jay-Z expressed his grievances about moving off of The Parkway in an open letter to Jim Kenney, the mayor of Philadelphia.
"The location is integral to the pulse of the festival. The Parkway is a cultural arts center that is symbolic to over 600 artists that have performed at this event," Jay-Z wrote. "The Parkway captures the freedom and spirit of inclusivity that drew us to the city of Brotherly Love."
According to Jay's open letter, he and his team found out about the plans to move the festival by reading local Philadelphia media outlets.
"We are disappointed that the Mayor of the City of Philadelphia would evict us from the heart of the city, through a media outlet, without a sit-down meeting, notice, dialogue or proper communication," Jay continued. "It signifies zero appreciation for what Made In America has built alongside the phenomenal citizens of this city.
this is statement did not sit well with Jay-Z at all.
"By their admission, the festival first started as a 'unique attraction to the City on an otherwise quiet Labor Day weekend. Over the years, tourism has grown overall.' Our question is, 'How do you think that tourism grew, Mayor Kenney?”
Even though Made In America has raked in over $100 million dollars for the city of Philadelphia, the current Administration said the festival no longer needed to be held on such a grand scale since the city isn't so dependent on tourism anymore.
The news is the latest blow for the MIA Festival, which lost Budweiser as its title sponsor earlier this year.