v1 A massive crowd flooded Benjamin Franklin Parkway; all of Philadelphia was downtown. The Roots and Marlon Wayans hosted the family-friendly, all-star Independence Day line-up. Jennifer Hudson and her infamous voice made it impossible for even Mayor Michael Nutter to stay in his seat.

Philadelphia native’s DJ Jazzy Jeff and Jill Scott turned-up for their hometown while VH1 broadcasted. Host Wayans’ comical rap battle against Black Thought made everyone grateful he never pursued a rap career. Hip-Hop queen Nicki Minaj saved the stage with a  20 minute set including, new single “Pills N Potions”. The curvaceous emcee gave life ascending over her male rap colleagues.

British sensation Ed Sheeran rocked-out closing The Philly 4th of July Jam.  Sheeran’s “Sing” was a crowd favorite and his album recently debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. Mind-blowing colors soon illuminated the sky; no Philly 4th of July Jam would be complete without fantastic fireworks.

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About The Author

Bianca Alysse is a creatively driven Bronx-born writer and editor. Before becoming The Knockturnal‘s music editor she served as Latina‘s creative coordinator and was a contributor at Billboard. The Boricua scribe has a lengthy resume in the music industry and has penned for Universal Music Publishing Group, Epic Records, G.O.O.D. Music, Compound Entertainment, Artistry & Récords, and Arcade Creative Group. Her work has been seen on platforms like VIBE, mitú, TIDAL, Remezcla, and behind the scenes at New York Fashion Week. As an independent contractor, she has written for Sony Music Entertainment’s global business affairs department, Warner Music Group, and currently Roc Nation.

6 Responses

  1. Gina Ricardo

    I saw those fireworks on TV. Virginia never has anything like this going on the 4th. We need to do better.

  2. Kyle Kreston

    Wow! I was in the crowd on the free side. The screens were pretty cool but it must have been nice to be directly in front of the stage. I may have to purchase next year. Great website. You looked good on TV.

  3. DJ 1 trust

    Does Nicki’s body really look that crazy in person? You looked close on Instagram.

  4. DJ 1 trust

    Does Nicki’s body really look that crazy in person? You looked close on Instagram.


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