Philly artists Lil Uzi Vert, Jazmine Sullivan, Zah Sosaa, Kur, and Armani Whtie put on for their hometown at Made in America 2022.
By this point, everyone knew that locals such as winding emotional soul goddess Jazmine Sullivan and spaced-out AutoTune rager Lil Uzi Vert were atop the list of greats who performed high on the headlining bills during Jay-Z’s two-day, Labor Day weekend Made in America music festival on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philly.
Both Sullivan and Uzi shouted out their hometown proudly and often during their lengthy sets. Tyler, the Creator started his with “Philly Philly, where I am from,” from the 1999 duet between Eve and Beanie Sigel, his first introduction to Philadelphia.
What we at dosage MAGAZINE weren’t totally prepared for is how dynamic other, more, lesser known (but not for very long, I promise) Philly rapper-singers on this weekend’s Made in America bill would be.
Take North Philly’s ZahSosaa who performed on the Freedom Stage, or West Philly rapper Armani White, who is having a viral moment with “Billie Eilish,” and Kur, who, the day before Made in America’s start, dropped both the new video for his current Republic label single, “Love,” while his very recent Loyal to a Fault mixtape gained chart traction, currently residing in the Top 20 of Apple Music Hip-Hop albums chart.
Part of Meek Mill’s crew, Loyal To A Fault [DreamChaser Records/Roc Nation/Republic Records] and named the “Soul of Philly” by the rapper himself, Kur has famous friends in high places. Like Dave East, who co-produced the Born Broke, Die Rich EP, Mozzy with who Kur teamed with on the track, “Soul,” and The Roots, who welcomed Kur to their Mann Center Picnic in 2022 after the release of The Hold Over EP.
Philly was out in force at Made in America 2022.
Images: Lisa Lake, Theo Wargo