One of the biggest musical events of the year was Dr. Dre’s appearance at the Super Bowl Halftime Show, where he lit up the stage alongside Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, 50 Cent, and Mary J. Blige. The landmark event demonstrated how mainstream culture continues to embrace hip-hop. However, Dre claims that if it weren’t for the support he received from Nas and Jay-Z, the concert might not have taken place at all.
Dr. Dre claimed he had second thoughts about the possibility and feared being seen as a “sellout” for working with the NFL despite the league’s response to protests by Colin Kaepernick and others during an appearance on Dolvett Quince’s Workout the Doubt podcast.
I was really worried about that, the well-known hitmaker admitted. “I actually told a few of my closest friends that I was pulling out. I won’t participate in the show. I’m not sure if I want that smoke, after all. I’m not sure if I want the criticism after the concert and possibly coming across as a f****** sellout or anything similar.
In spite of his uncertainty, Dr. Dre claimed that speaking with Nas helped him get perspective on the wider picture and the importance of the chance. “I called Nas on the phone. Yo dude, you gotta do it, he said when he phoned me. You know, Nas has that voice. You must take action. For f****** Hip Hop, for the culture, for you, for L.A. and the whole nine, it’s going to be so powerful.
Dre also recalled consulting Jay-Z on the subject, who had already encountered opposition to his own relationship with the NFL. When speaking with his longtime partner, Dre claimed, “We were on the phone for like 10 minutes, and he talked me into doing it. “Jay-Z and Nas were major influences on my decision to perform the show.”
Watch the video below to hear Dr. Dre’s remarks.
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