Presented by Pepsi, Superbowl LVI halftime show led by Dr. Dre is set to pay tribute to Tupac Shakur on the 26th anniversary.
According to reports, Tupac will be honored at SoFi Stadium this upcoming Sunday. Eminem, Snoop Dogg, Mary J. Blige, Kendrick Lamar and Dr. Dre will all hit the stage during the Pepsi halftime show. Produced by Jay-Z, the night will be one to remember for hip hop fans.
“The opportunity to perform at the Super Bowl Halftime Show, and to do it in my own backyard, will be one of the biggest thrills of my career,” Dr. Dre previously said in a statement. “I’m grateful to Jay-Z, Roc Nation, the NFL, and Pepsi as well as Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Mary J. Blige, and Kendrick Lamar for joining me in what will be an unforgettable cultural moment.”
Ironically on Sunday, will mark the 26th anniversary of Tupac’s Death Row records debut album ‘All Eyez On Me.’ The album also marked the return of Tupac Shakur after being locked up for eleven plus months. It will only make sense a tribute to Tupac is in the works. Especially with Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, both former labelmates on Death Row records with Tupac. Both artists respectively contributed to hit singles for the 1996 classic album. Adding to the rumors is a 3-minute trailer hyping the halftime show. Towards the end of the trailer Tupac’s ‘California Love’ hit single is heard, which was produced by and featured Dr. Dre.
This would not be the first time Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg would honor Tupac on such a grand stage. Back in 2012, Snoop and Dre shocked the crowd on hand with an incredible Tupac hologram. According to Nick Smith, President of AV concepts, the hologram was Dr. Dre’s idea. Many enjoyed the one time performance, but others were freaked out when the Tupac hologram shouted, ‘What’s up Coachella!’ The festival started three years after Tupac passed.
Speaking of Snoop, it was announced on Wednesday (February 9), Snoop Dogg’s acquisition of Death Row records. After filing for bankruptcy in 2006, the label recently landed with Blackstone and MNRK.
“It feels good to have ownership of the label I was part of at the beginning of my career and as one of the founding members. This is an extremely meaningful moment for me,” explained Snoop. “I would like to personally thank the teams at Blackstone, MNRK and especially David Kestnbaum, who worked collaboratively with me over several months to make this exciting homecoming a reality.”
Now with all the pieces in place, Sunday’s halftime show will have all eyes on California.