Jay-Z: ‘I’m absolutely going to ask Barack Obama to play my festival’

The rapper is curating and headlining the 'Budweiser Made In America' festival in Philadelphia this September

Jay-Z has said that he is ‘absolutely’ going to ask US President Barack Obama to play the festival he is staging later this year.

The festival, which is named the ‘Budweiser Made In America’ music festival, takes place in Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park on September 1 and 2. Speaking to Rolling Stone about Obama, the rapper said:

I’m gonna give him a call and I’m gonna try to get him to perform – do a little rendition of Al Green – but I doubt it. I think that opens up the political season. He’ll be so far into helping the world that he probably won’t have time, but I’m absolutely going to ask him.

When asked why he was staging the event in Philadelphia, the rapper said that the festival was ‘tailor-made’ for the city. He added: “Philadelphia’s one of the most iconic cities: Declaration and the whole bit. I feel like I’ve done enough in New York where I feel I could branch out a bit, and she won’t get mad at me so much. And it’s a short trek from New York, so…”

Jay-Z is the only act confirmed to appear at the event so far, but the festival’s organisers have promised that the bill will feature “rock, hip-hop, R&B, Latin and dance” acts. Jay-Z also said to Rolling Stone that he said he thinks his wife Beyonce should have a ‘little gap in her schedule’ in order to perform at the event.

Kanye West and Jay-Z start their ‘Watch The Throne’ UK tour on Friday (May 18), playing the first of five nights at London’s O2 Arena. As well as the London shows, which run from May 18 to May 22, the run also includes two shows at Manchester’s Evening News Arena on June 11 and 12, two shows at Birmingham’s LG Arena on June 13 and 22 and finally a date at Sheffield Motorpoint Arena on June 21.

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