dr. Dre admits he was dubious about performing at Super Bowl LVI, but was convinced not to cancel the event after talking to Jay-Z and Nas. Dre eventually performed alongside Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, 50 Cent, Mary J. Blige and Anderson .Paak.

Dre opened up his reservations during a recent interview on Dolvett Quince’s Train the doubt podcast, which revealed that he was concerned about being called a “sold out” for working with the NFL. The league has received a lot of criticism for the way Colin Kaepernick has handled it, as well as many other scandals over the years.

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“I was definitely concerned about that,” he admitted. “I actually called some close friends and said, ‘Listen, I’m going to back off. I’m not going to do the show. Because I don’t know if I want that smoke. I don’t know if I want the kickback after I’ve got the show done and might look like a fucking sale or something.'”

He continued: “I got on the phone with Nas. He called me up and said, ‘Yo bro’ – you know, Nas has that voice – ‘Yo bro, you have to do it. You have to do this. It’s going to be so powerful for damn hip-hop, for the culture, for you, for LA and the whole nine.’”

“We were on the phone for about 10 minutes and he persuaded me to do it,” Dre explained. “Nas and Jay-Z were big reasons why I decided to do the show.”

Check out Dre’s comments on the Super Bowl performance below.

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