Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Mary J. Blige, Eminem and Kendrick Lamar — along with a surprise 50 Cent — threw down a Super Bowl halftime show that won’t be forgotten anytime soon.
Speaking to TMZ Monday afternoon, Dr. Dre got candid about what the NFL allowed in the in the performance. Dre said that he was actually pleasantly surprised at how little censoring the NFL mandated from him, despite what reports stated before the show.
He said that the NFL only insisted on “minor changes” from the performers’ lyrics.
As for the moment where Eminem took a knee, he made it clear that it Eminem doing that himself. After Eminem took a knee during his rendition of “Lose Yourself,” there was speculation the NFL had not allowed the move. But Dre clarified, “Em taking a knee, that was Em doing that on his own and there was no problem with that.”
“There were a few things that we had to have changed, but they were really minor things,” Dre said. “(Eminem) taking a knee – that was Em doing that on his own – and there was no problem with that… All in all, we came in and everyone was professional. Everybody really felt the magnitude of what this thing was and what we were going to be able to accomplish.”
Dre also mentioned that Lamar had to remove a line regarding gangs, but said no one thought it was a big deal.
“All in all, everybody came in we were professional, everybody was on time, everybody really felt the magnitude of what that thing was and what we were going to be able to accomplish,” Dre told TMZ. “It was a fantastic experience.”
The show was perfect, the game was perfect, it was just an overall good day for football. It was also bittersweet since it signaled the end of the football season.
It’s going to be a long seven months.
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