Snoop Dogg Says Jay-Z Threatened to Sever NFL Partnership Over Alleged Restrictions for Super Bowl Halftime Performance
Several weeks after the Super Bowl crowned the NFL‘s champions, it seems as if no one is talking about the actual game or even the teams that participated. With all the hoopla surrounding this year’s halftime performance, it is still on the minds of people, specifically Death Row Records owner Snoop Dogg.
The Doggfather, in a recent interview with Tidal’s Elliot Wilson, revealed that Roc Nation owner and successful Hip-Hop entrepreneur Jay-Z was ready to end his business relationship with the NFL if they objected to certain aspects of the Super Bowl LVI halftime performance that featured Snoop, Dr. Dre, Anderson .Paak, Mary J. Blige, Eminem, Kendrick Lamar and 50 Cent.
Once the performance was announced, the murmurs from across the country opposing the Hip-Hop acts named stated. Rumors came out that the NFL didn’t want Snoop’s gang affiliation to be recognized during his performance (He typically “crip-walks” during his shows). The league didn’t want Dr. Dre saying one of his lines from his hit song, Still Dre Day (Lyrics coincidentally written by Jay-Z for the super-producer) when he said, “Still not loving police.” Executives were allegedly against white rapper Eminem kneeling at the end of his performance as an ode to former NFL quarterback, Colin Kaepernick.
Snoop, in deep admiration for his East Coast rapping friend, tells Wilson how appreciative he was for Jay-Z going to bat for the performers as he threaten to quit if they weren’t able to perform in the manner they wanted to.