Many people are not happy with the NFL‘s choice to bring on Maroon 5 to perform at the February 2019 Super Bowl LIII halftime show — including Waka Flocka Flame.
The rapper sent in a video to TMZ expressing his discontent about the decision, noting there are so many eligible and popular artists who are from the city of Atlanta that would be incredible for the gig.
“It’s not fair,” Flocka told TMZ. “They need somebody from Atlanta, it’s only right.”
In addition to saying he’d love to come on to perform his hit “Hard in the Paint,” he also recommended other artists such as Migos, Future to play. He also said that in addition to soliciting someone from Atlanta for the job, it would have been extremely impactful to have a Black artist on the stage. Given the NFL’s recent turmoil with the national anthem and taking a knee conflict, Flocka said a move to be inclusive of Black artist would be a sign of respect towards the community.
“You’re coming to the biggest Black state in America,” Flocka said. “Why wouldn’t you let a Black artist perform and show the world that we’re progressing? That’s not cool.”
Last year it was rumored and then confirmed that Jay-Z had shot down the NFL’s invitation to perform at halftime due to the racial controversy that was occurring that season. It is likely that this might be the attitude that many Black artists have adapted towards the NFL as well, which would explain the lack of inclusion.
While she won’t be headlining, Cardi B might be repping for the community by hopping on stage with Maroon 5 for their hit song, “Girls Like You.” It’s also rumored that Travis Scott could also jump on stage for a guest performance with the band. This would be very reminiscent of 2016, when Coldplay performed at halftime for Super Bowl L and was joined by Beyoncé and Bruno Mars.