Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, Mary J. Blige, Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, and surprise guest 50 Cent made history by performing at the Super Bowl LVI Pepsi Halftime Show. While Hip Hop artists have certainly graced the Super Bowl halftime show stage over its 55-year history, this was the first year fans got to see Crip walking and a line about “still not loving police” performed at The Big Game.

For anyone who grew up listening to ’90s hip hop, particularly West Coast gangsta rap, the performance brought back memories for both the audience and the performers. Dr. Dre looked at Snoop, and Snoop looked at Dre, and they just smiled, as if to say, “Yeah, we did it.”

Snoop Dogg reflected on that moment with Chief Content Officer Elliott Wilson in a recent interview with TIDAL.

“When I got home and watched it on playback, I thought it was the greatest sh*t ever. Being there, it felt like the greatest concert of all time. When I first came out, that meant a lot to me that Dre would let me come out first. The first vocal was me.”


“To let me kick that off and have enough confidence in the D-O Double to say, ‘OK. The biggest moment of my career, I trust the D-O Double. He’s going to lead off, and then he’s going to come back at the end of the ninth inning.’ You’ve got to walk the dog back out … boom boom boom, and have all the ‘Crip Walkin’. You know what I’m saying? It’s the West.”

As the halftime show performance spread on Twitter, there was some debate about what the National Football League (NFL) would and would not allow. Some were surprised that Dr. Dre got away with the “Still D.R.E.” line about cops, but Kendrick Lamar couldn’t say the “po-po” line from “Alright.”

Snoop was also wearing clothing that the NFL deemed “gang-related,” but according to JAY-Z, who advises the NFL on artist selection for major events such as the Super Bowl, Snoop Dogg was told not to worry about it.

“Jay was the first one that came to the dressing room when I got offstage. 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.”

“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*ck that. They perform or I quit,’ that was the most gangster sh*t 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.’”

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Shivangini Rawat

Shivangini is a law student with a passion for writing and music. She writes for Thirstyfornews and enjoys cooking, baking, and playing various instruments. In her free time, she watches movies, TV shows, and anime, with a love for bands like Alcest and Scorpions.

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