Travis Scott to Play Super Bowl

Travis Scott is reported to be a performer for the 2019 Super Bowl.

Travis Scott is reported to be a performer for the 2019 Super Bowl.

By Free Radical

According to national sources, Texas based rapper Travis Scott will join Maroon 5 as the 2019 Super Bowl halftime act. The decision comes amid controversy over the NFL’s racial practices.

The NFL received harsh criticism for selecting Maroon 5 for its Super Bowl 53 show which will be held in Atlanta. They accused the league of being tone deaf for not selecting a Black artist to headline the show in a city where Black musicians have left such an indelible imprint locally, nationally, and internationally. The NFL has also been chided by African-Americans for its persecution and blackballing of players such as Colin Kaepernick. This is widely believed to be the reason why artists Rihanna and Jay-Z declined the league’s offers to headline the Super Bowl

Travis Scott has received backlash from Black artists and fans for seemingly ignoring this political context. Philadelphia rapper Meek Mill responded to the announcement that Travis Scott would play the Super Bowl by tweeting “For what????”

He then tweeted “He don’t need that he on fire already! Stay strong in this sh**!”

According to Variety, Jay-Z has also urged Travis Scott to decline the NFL’s offer.

Several Black artists including Andre 3000, Mary J. Bulge, Usher, and Cardi B have refused to join Maroon 5 for the halftime show according to theroot.com.

Several Black artists who have chosen to partner with the NFL during the Super Bowl have also been the subject of ridicule. Atlanta based producer and rapper Jermaine Dupri took to Twitter to vent his frustration with the criticisms he’s received for organizing the league sponsored “Welcome to Atlanta” concert series leading up to the Super Bowl.

“Ok, let’s get this straight,” he wrote, “all y’all hitting me talking bout I’m disrespecting the black race by being involve with activities during super bowl need to include all your other favorite artist as well, because every club has a artist,every corporate party has a artist.”

The concert series is open to the public and will include local artists such as YFN Lucci, Waka Flocka, K Camp, Trinidad James, and the Goodie Mob.

Other local acts such as Migos, Ludacris, and Lil Baby will participate in a Super Bowl music festival sponsored by Bud Light and video game company EA Sports.

Nonetheless, musicians who are more closely associated with political consciousness such as Killa Mike and T.I. have up do this point not committed to participating in a league sponsored event.

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