The NFL tried to 'censor' Dr. Dre by erasing the song's lyrics and preventing him from taking a knee

The NFL tried to ‘censor’ Dr. Dre by erasing the song’s lyrics and preventing him from taking a knee

NFL executives tried to subject rap legend Dr. Dre to ‘heinous censorship’ ahead of his all-star Super Bowl LVI Half Time Show on Sunday night, despite the singer himself shelling out $7 million of the show’s $13 million budget, a source close to the rapper said. . disclosed.

In the weeks leading up to the big game, the former NWA star was pressured by league officials about the lyrics and content of the songs he planned to perform on stage, according to an insider.

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 attempted to censor rap legend Dr. Dre in front of his star-studded Super Bowl LVI Half Time Show on Sunday night, despite the star himself shelling out $7 million of the show's $13 million budget, according to a source close to rapper.  revealed

NFL executives attempted to censor rap legend Dr. Dre in front of his star-studded Super Bowl LVI Half Time Show on Sunday night, despite the star himself shelling out $7 million of the show’s $13 million budget, according to a source close to rapper. revealed

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.

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 spectacular break that was widely hailed as the best in recent social media gaming history, the rapper’s collaborator and former ward Eminem defiantly made the gesture after performing his hit Lose Yourself.

The revelation regarding the NFL’s attempt at censorship comes as the league continues to face criticism over its practice of hiring black coaches and the lingering aftermath of Colin Kaepernick taking a knee to protest racial injustice.

The halftime show has often been scrutinized in much the same way as the game itself, with a hip-hop performance this year directed by LA native Dre, as well as Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar, Mary J. Blige, 50 Cent and Eminem are 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.

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 has committed more than half of the $13 million budget needed for this year’s show, shelling out $7 million despite having no new songs to promote.

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.

This year’s hip-hop lineup was a first for the NFL, as the show has historically been headlined by pop stars.

The NFL’s decision to change the tone of the halftime show this year is seen by some as a smokescreen to deflect attention from the recent 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.

A major part of the NFL’s ire came from a lyric from Dre’s 1999 hit “Still DRE” – “Still fucking with bats, still don’t like 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, Dre’s longtime friend and fellow superstar Eminem 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

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 net worth accounting for 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 Kaepernick’s protest against police brutality and racial inequality in the US.

More recently, the league has faced backlash and legal action 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.

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.

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.

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.

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