The Roots’ Questlove was stunned to find out how much of a piano player Dr. Dre was when he put his piano skills on display as part of his Super Bowl performance.
The N.W.A legend made his way to the grand piano to hit a few notes from 2Pac’s “I Ain’t Mad at Cha”, produced by Daz Dillinger, which contains samples from DeBarge’s “A Dream”, before getting into his classic “Still D.R.E.”
Questlove took to Twitter on Monday, February 14th, to admit having missed Eminem taking the knee owing to his surprise about Dr. Dre playing the piano. “Imma be real real honest,” he said. “I was so shocked Dr. Dre knew his way around a piano—I totally missed Em kneeling,” he wrote.
When a fan brought it to his knowledge that Eminem was kneeling before Dre started playing the piano, he replied, “Lol I guess I kept my eye on Dre. Gotta be the producer in me.”
This wouldn’t be the first time Dr. Dre has been seen performing “Still D.R.E.” on the piano. A video had already been posted of him playing keys at his home back in November 2019. Dre actually had a key role to play in revamping The Roots’ career when their former label MCA was phasing out in 2003.