During the epic performance at the Super Bowl LVI Halftime Show, Dr. Dre tribute to Tupac featured the hit single ‘I Ain’t Mad At Cha.’
On the twenty-six year anniversary of Tupac’s Death Row records debut album ‘All Eyez On Me,’ Dr. Dre paid tribute to his former label mate. After Eminem’s performance, Slim Shady took a knee, as Dr. Dre played the keys on the piano. Dr. Dre would briefly play Tupac’s ‘I Ain’t Mad At Cha.’
The song produced by Daz Dillinger, was quite fitting. Perhaps this was Dr. Dre’s way of letting Tupac know “he ain’t mad at him.” As Dr. Dre and Suge Knight had their fallout, which eventually resulted in Dre leaving the record label, Tupac was very vocal about his dislike for Dre. Tupac would diss Dre on his posthumous Makaveli album.
Dr. Dre publicly never spoke about the fallout between him and Shakur. Instead it appears Dre has always found a way to pay tribute to Tupac on the grandest of stages. During the ‘Up In Smoke Tour,’ Dre and Snoop Dogg had the crowd on their feet as they played ‘Hail Mary’ and ‘2 Of Americkaz Most Wanted.’
Years later 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.
Although the Tupac hologram did not make an appearance at the Super Bowl LVI halftime show, Dr. Dre’s message for Tupac was loud and clear, I ain’t mad at cha.