Snoop Dogg managed to steal a puff right before taking the stage with his fellow hip-hop legends at the 2022 Super Bowl.
Production cameras captured the 50-year-old musician and renowned marijuana advocate discreetly puffing on what appeared to be a large joint shortly before his performance alongside Dr. Dre, 56, Kendrick Lamar, 34, Mary J. Blige, 51, 50 Cent, 46 and Eminem 49.
A clip of him crouching near the stage and taking several hits from an alleged joint has been circulating on social media since sports broadcaster Rafa El Alcalde first shared it on Twitter.
“Warm-up before going on stage for the Halftime Show,” reads the tweet, which has 3.2 million views and 36.7 thousand shares.
Snoop Dogg appeared to be smoking weed shortly before taking the stage of the 2022 Super Bowl halftime show. Production cameras caught him puffing what looked like a joint before the performance, as seen in a clip posted to social media.
The NFL has strict rules against the use of marijuana, although recreational weed is legal in California, where the game was played.
Celebrities and fans were hoping that Snoop Dogg would shine on stage given his reputation and history of smoking weed while performing. Snoop Dogg and Dr Dre were spotted on stage Sunday night.
Snoop Dogg has been known to smoke weed on and off stage, admitting in 2014 to smoking in the bathroom at the White House.
While recreational marijuana is legal in California, the National Football League has a strict policy against the drug’s use. However, celebrities and fans were hoping that Snoop Dogg would shine on stage given his reputation and his history of smoking weed while performing.
The question of whether Snoop Dogg would get high during the performance was such a popular pre-game question that betting platform Bovada allowed fans to bet on him.
Snoop Dogg has been known to smoke weed on and off stage, as well as in some unexpected places. In 2014, he admitted to rocking in the White House bathroom, making the confession on his Youtube show GGN (“Double G News Network”) when asked by comedian and talk show host Jimmy Kimmel.
The NFL reportedly had other concerns about a stellar Super Bowl performance besides Snoop Dogg’s marijuana use.
Network executives tried to subject rap legend Dr. Dre to “heinous censorship” ahead of the show, despite the star himself shelling out $7 million of the show’s $13 million budget, a source close to the rapper said.
Weeks before the big game in which the Los Angeles Rams defeated the Cincinnati Bengals 23-20, league officials pressured the former NWA star about the lyrics and content of the songs he planned to perform, according to an insider. on the stage. .
In particular, officials took issue with the lyric from the rapper’s 1999 hit “Still DRE” — “Still fucking with the beats, still don’t like the cops” — a lyric that the star defiantly uttered during the Sunday show anyway, to the chagrin of NFL executives. .
The league also ordered the star not to kneel during the performance – a move that has become a popular method of protesting racism – an order the performer was reluctant to adhere to, according to the source.
NFL executives tried to expose rap legend Dr. Dre was “disgustingly censored” ahead of the Sunday night show, despite the fact that the star himself forked $7 million of the show’s $13 million budget, a source close to the rapper said.
During the production, the rapper’s colleague and former ward Eminem defiantly made a gesture (pictured) that has become a symbol of protest against racism, despite orders from the NFL leadership not to do so.
However, during a production that was widely hailed as the best in recent social media gaming history, the rapper’s fellow rapper and former ward Eminem defiantly made the gesture after he finished performing his hit Lose Yourself.
The exposure of the NFL’s attempt at censorship comes as the league continues to struggle with its ability to settle disputes after its 56th Super Bowl.
The halftime show, historically a fiery show of extravagance, has often come under scrutiny in much the same way as the game itself, with a hip-hop themed performance this year led by 56-year-old Los Angeles native Dre as well as Snoop Dogg. 50, Kendrick Lamar, 34, Mary J. Blige, 51, 50 Cent, 46, and Eminem, 49, prove they’re no different.
Eminem, 49; Kendrick Lamar, 34; Dr. Dre, 56; Mary J. Blige, 51; 50 cents, 46; and 50-year-old Snoop Dogg took part in what many consider to be the best performance in recent history of the game.
Dre made the most of the amazing $13 million budget needed for this year’s show, shelling out $7 million of its own funds despite no immediate financial incentive to do so.
The powerful hip hop lineup marked a first for the NFL, as pop stars have historically led the show.
The NFL’s move to change the pace of the halftime show this year is seen by some as a smokescreen to divert attention from some of their latest race-related controversy.
According to a report from Puck’s Eric Gardner, the NFL had discussions with Dre and his camp about some aspects of the performance. One big piece of NFL anger is the lyric from Dre’s 1999 hit “Still DRE” – “Still fucking with the beats, still not liking the cops.”
Allegedly, league officials wanted the hip-hop mogul to shut down the line entirely. Dre refused, reciting the words during the performance, albeit without expletives.
To compound the injury, Eminem, Dre’s longtime friend and fellow superstar, decided to take a knee during the performance after the league also asked performers not to do so during the show.
Eminem kneels to protest police brutality during the Super Bowl halftime as longtime collaborator Dr. Dre plays the piano. Dre did not kneel during the performance
Dre and other stars did not join in the gesture, and no player from the Rams or Bengals knelt during the national anthem at the start of the game. There was no sign that any of the spectators were on their knees.
The show itself was very well received on social media, with many calling it the best ever. Its popularity has been attributed to a host of popular hits by artists, including Dre’s “Still DRE”, Blige’s “Family Affair” and Eminem’s “Lose Yourself”.
All six performers also have a combined net worth of $983 million, with Dre’s new net worth more than half of the $500 million total.
In recent years, the NFL has struggled to deal with the many social issues that have come to the fore for players and fans alike.
Eminem’s stage performance was a painful reminder of the league’s bungled attempt to stop Colin Kaepernick’s protest against police brutality and racial inequality in the US.
More recently, the league has faced backlash due to a lack of black head coaches; there are currently only two current black head coaches in the NFL.
Former Miami Dolphins coach Brian Flores is currently embroiled in a legal battle with the NFL and several teams due to his experience seeking head coaching in recent years.
The lawsuit alleges that teams under the league’s “Rooney Rule” brought in Flores for interviews but never actually intended to hire the former New England Patriot linebacker coach.
Last year’s break between performances featured The Weeknd, who also invested $7 million in his performance, though the move was uncontroversial and was intended to promote a recently released album.
According to the NFL’s website, the purpose of the Rooney Rule is to “increase the number of minorities hired in head coach, general manager, and leadership roles.”
This diversity enriches the game and creates a more efficient and high-quality organization from top to bottom,” the guide says.
This year’s halftime results highlighted the NFL’s struggle to take an official stance on racial injustice in the United States.
Last year’s break between performances included The Weeknd, who also invested $7 million in his performance, though the move was uncontroversial and meant to promote a recently released album.