This year’s Super Bowl Halftime Show was one for the books. The historical performance featured Dr Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, Mary J Blige and a surprise performance from 50Cent ! Snoop revealed in a recent interview with #Tidal, that the show almost didn’t go down.
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Snoop told Elliott Wilson that #JayZ — the #NFL’s Music Entertainment Strategist — threatened the franchise that he would quit if they did not let the artist perform true to their brand. So yes this included Snoop repping for the #Crips.
Here is some of what Snoop said:
“We love each other. Like, not secretly, like publicly, we love each other. 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 shit out of everything.
“Then with attire and kneeling and all this … you can’t wear your gang bang shit? Jay-Z hit me like, ‘Wear what the f*ck you want to wear. Peace to the Gods,’” he said Jay told him.
After the show, Snoop says that Jay came to visit. “Jay was the first one that came to the dressing room when I got offstage,” the West Coast rap legend said. “We had [300 Entertainment CEO] Kevin Liles in there. Kevin Liles had Jay on FaceTime, trying to show him where we was at. 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.”
He added that he rated how the rap mogul stood up for his fellow entertainers to perform and be authentic despite holding such an important position with the NFL.
That’s dope of Jay 👏🏾 and the show turned out Amazing! Jay-Z and Roc Nation have a deal to manage the NFL’s entertainment, including the Super Bowl halftime show. The rapper, however, was under heavy criticism for not taking a stance and being on the side of former quarterback Colin Kaepernick who defied the NFL rules and took a knee at his games to protest police brutality.
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