Dr. Dre has revealed that the NFL was insistent on censoring some bits of his lyrics and we have all the scoop.
Dr. Dre has granted his first interview since his Super Bowl Halftime Show performance, and he had some reflecting to do on Eminem‘s infamous decision to take the knee, the NFL’s censorship of some lyrics, and more.
The rap god and producer teamed up with Eminem, Mary J Blige, Kendrick Lamar and Snoop Dogg for the show. When asked by TMZ if the organisers had requested the performers remove any lines, Dre had this to say: “There were a few things we had to change, but it was really minor things.”
During Lamar’s section of the set, consisting of a medley culled from some of his songs, the lyric “If Pirus and Crips all got along / They’d probably gun me down by the end of this song” was obviously missing from ‘mAAd City’.
Dre verified that the line was blurred out at the request of the organisers, owing to its reference to LA gangs. “They had a problem with it, so we had to take that out. No big deal, we get it. But all in all, everybody came in, we were professional, everybody was on time and everybody felt the magnitude of this thing and what we were gonna be able to accomplish.”