During a recent appearance on fitness entrepreneur Dolvett Quince’s “Workout the Doubt” podcast, hip-hop mogul Dr. Dre revealed his concerns about performing at the Super Bowl LVI halftime show until he spoke to JAY-Z and Nas.
The 57-year-old rap icon added that his reason was because he didn’t want to appear as a sellout. “‘I’m not going to do the show. Because I don’t know if I want that smoke. I don’t know if I want the backlash after doing the show and potentially looking like a f**king sellout or something like that.'”
“I got on the phone with Nas. He called me up and said, ‘Yo bro’ — you know, Nas has that voice — ‘Yo bro, you gotta do it. You have to do this. It’s going to be so powerful for f**king hip hop, for the culture, for you, for L.A. and the whole nine.'”
Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, 50 Cent, Mary J. Blige, and Anderson .Paak performed alongside Dr. Dre at Inglewood’s SoFi Stadium to support the Los Angeles Rams’ 32-20 win over the Cincinnati Bengals. The performance received five nominations at the 2022 Primetime Emmy Awards.
“We love each other,” Snoop told TIDAL this past March. “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 s**t out of everything.”
Watch the clip from Dr. Dre’s interview below.
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