Dr. Dre Paid Hidden Tribute To Tupac At Super Bowl Halftime Show

Dr. Dre paid a hidden tribute to the late rapper Tupac during his performance at the Super Bowl halftime. 
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Dr. Dre paid a hidden tribute to the late rapper Tupac, who died in 1996, during his performance at the Super Bowl halftime show. 

The 56-year-old sat down at the stage’s piano and began playing the first few bars of ‘I Ain’t Mad At Cha’.

After watching the heartwarming moment, many viewers took to Twitter and said it was the ‘highlight’ of the show.

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One tweeted: “Subtle nod to Tupac Shakur during [the] halftime show, Dr. Dre briefly playing ‘I Ain’t Mad At Cha’ on piano. One highlight to an incredible performance.”

Another added: “When Dr. Dre played ‘I Ain’t Mad At Cha’ on the piano I teared up. Long live Tupac Shakur.”

“Dr. Dre playing ‘I Ain’t Mad At Cha’ on [the] piano after Tupac made many a track dissing em is mad respect and the kind of forgiveness the world needs to have,” a third wrote.

A fourth commented: “I definitely thought Dr. Dre was [about to] resurrect Tupac with the piano last night.”

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Before Dr. Dre paid tribute to Tupac, many fans speculated that the star would go all out and be joined by a hologram of the artist as he did at Coachella in 2012.

When it was first announced that he would be performing, he commented that it would be an ‘unforgettable cultural moment’.

Dr. Dre said: “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.

“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.”

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Written by Aimee Walker

Aimee is a senior content editor at IGV who specialises in finding the best original stories, trending topics and entertainment news. She graduated from Birmingham City University with a degree in Media and Communications.