This year’s Super Bowl LVI Halftime Show was considered by many one of the best the big game has ever had to offer. Headlined by Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar, Mary J. Blige, Eminem and 50 Cent, the show was a special tribute to the hip-hop community on the West Coast, and sparked nostalgia for those that watched.
Snoop Dogg reveals the uphill battle that JAY-Z, whose company Roc Nation co-produced the show, faced in getting Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Mary J. Blige, and Kendrick Lamar to perform at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Calif.
“We love each other. Like, not secretly, like publicly, we love each other,” Snoop said. “It is what it is, so it’s like for him to go to bat for us and tell the NFL, ‘F**k that. They perform or I quit,’ that was the most gangster sh*t out of everything.”
The NFL was also concerned about Snoop’s onstage attire, but JAY-Z told him not to worry. “Then with attire and kneeling and all this … you can’t wear your gangbang shit? JAY-Z hit me like, ‘Wear what the f**k you want to wear. Peace to the Gods.’”
After the performance, Snoop celebrated the historic moment with Hov. “So then he came down, and soon as he came in he hugged me. We hug each other tight. It was as if we won a championship. Like, you know when you’re genuinely happy for each other? People don’t understand, me and him are the ones. He’s the one on the East. I’m the one from the West.”
Dr. Dre previously revealed that the NFL made some minor changes to their performance. While they were aware of Eminem taking a knee during “Lose Yourself,” they asked Kendrick to remove the lyrics “If Pirus and Crips all got along” from the beginning of “m.A.A.d city.”
“They had a problem with that so we had to take that out. No big deal. We get it,” he told TMZ.
So, it seems that even though Jay was scrutinized for aligning himself with the NFL, he would sacrifice it to let his colleagues shine.