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. Dr. Dre was not enthused about doing a hip hop Super Bowl and was unsure about accepting the invitation, according to Snoop Dogg.
Snoop Dogg discussed his involvement in boosting Dr. Dre’s confidence and bringing this memorable Super Bowl to life in a recent episode of Drink Champs. Dr. Dre did not call Snoop to invite him to join him on the Super Bowl stage. Dre called Snoop for a different reason: he was unsure of the concept.
Dre called and said, “They want me to do the Super Bowl, I do not know if I want to do it”. You know what it is about? One thing you gotta know about Dr. Dre is he’s a guy that’s in the moment. So if he do not feel like he is got a record that’s relevant at the moment, then he don’t feel like he is the moment. But the convincing is, “Your records don’t have no moment connected to them. They ARE the moment. To convince him was more or less about, “N—-, I’m with you”. When the Dogg stands with you, your confidence level goes off the roof. ‘Cause Dogg gonna carry most of the weight, Dogg gonna make it right, Dogg won’t have a personality. And once you get the Dogg, the next call is to get “Hi, My Name Is”. Did I suggest it? I didn’t suggest a motherf-cking thing. Only thing I suggested was, “Can we do G Tang?” ‘Cause I felt like G Tang was the pinnacle moment of who we are.
After Eminem got involved, he enlisted the help of 50 Cent. He wanted to see Fifty, the singer he helped break through to popularity, in the same room as everyone else at this momentous occasion. Nore disclosed that he acquired this information straight from Jay-Z, whose company ROC Entertainment organizes music programs for NFL.
I hit the homie, the big homie, Jay-Z. And I told him to come pull up on me, and he pulled up on me. I had to ask somebody straight up. And he said, “The white guy called for it, for 50 Cent”. So I said, “Who’s the white guy? Jimmy Iovine?” He said, “No, Eminem. Eminem called directly for Fifty. And he said, “I can’t do it if I can’t bring Fifty out”
This year’s Super Bowl Halftime Show wasn’t just about hip hop’s triumph. It was also about the unbreakable cord of loyalty that binds these musicians together. Artists that have helped to shape hip hop into the unstoppable force it is today.
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