LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mary J. Blige, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg said the NFL was slow to embrace hip-hop and promised their Super Bowl halftime show would create more opportunities for the kind.
“We are going to open more doors for hip-hop artists in the future and make sure the NFL understands that this is what it should have been a long time ago,” Dr. Dre said during a subdued appearance the trio made on Thursday without their Sunday co-headliners Kendrick Lamar and Eminem.
No reporters were allowed to ask questions, unlike in previous years.
The five music icons will perform at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California. Dre, Snoop Dogg and Lamar are from Southern California. Snoop Dogg called it a “great moment” combining “the greatest sporting event in the world” with hip-hop, “the greatest form of music in the world”.
“We value the NFL for even entertaining hip-hop because we know a lot of people who don’t want hip-hop on stage. But we are here now and there is nothing you can do about it,” he said.
Other rap artists who have performed at previous Super Bowl halftime shows include Travis Scott, Sean “Diddy” Comb, Queen Latifah, Nelly and Outkast’s Big Boi.
The five musical artists scheduled for Sunday’s show have a total of 44 Grammys. Eminem has the most with 15. Blige is the group’s only returning performer – she was part of an ensemble cast that included Aerosmith, NSYNC, Britney Spears and Nelly in 2001.
Dre emerged from the West Coast gangster rap scene alongside Eazy-E and Ice Cube to help form the band NWA, which made its mark on hip-hop culture and the music industry with controversial lyrics. in the late 1980s. Dre was responsible for promoting rap stars such as Snoop Dogg, Eminem, 50 Cent and Lamar. Dre also produced Blige’s #1 hit song, “Family Affair.”
Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Blige and Lamar join a list of famous musicians who have performed at Super Bowl halftime shows, including Beyoncé, Madonna, Coldplay, Katy Perry, U2, Lady Gaga, Michael Jackson, Jennifer Lopez , Shakira and more recently Le weekend.
The game and the halftime show will be broadcast live on NBC.
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