alking from the embassy suites to the venue I was immediately struck by the irony of the country flags from around the world lining the Benjamin Franklin Parkway leading up to the Made in America festival. The road was full of vendors selling bootleg printed T-shirts, pretzels, water, Gatorade, ice cream and whatever other drunken delicacies they could think of.
R&B is an ever-expanding and changing genre, especially in 2012… if you’re a man. Frank Ocean, Migeul, and The Weeknd all rose to higher notoriety and famethanks, in part, to their minimalist beats and crisp falsettos. They brought fresh sounds and perspectives and reinvigorated the likes of Usher, with “Climax” being a direct result of the Weeknd and Drake.
As many await the release of Cruel Summer, by G.O.O.D. Music, the expectations are high for Kanye West, who has become one of the oddest, most acclaimed, and most hated in pop culture. Thanks to a string of controversies and unapologetic behavior, much of the public despises the man; his relationship with a Kardashian, his Taylor Swift diss, etc.