Never one to turn down the chance of breaking new ground, it has been suggested that Eminem will use his appearance alongside Snoop Dogg, Dr Dre, Mary J Blige and Kendrick Lamar at next weekend’s Super Bowl LVI half time show to give some local deaf rappers a shot at the big time.
Sean Forbes and his fellow deaf rapper Warren Snipe will join the rap icons as part of the prestigious show, according to the Detroit Free Press. The SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California will host the evening on February 13th, 2022.
As the NBC Sports programme intends to provide “an elevated accessibility experience”, Forbes and Snipe will interpret the headline acts’ songs using American Sign Language.
Warren Snipe, also known as WaWa, will be appearing at his second Super Bowl, having provided interpretations of the US National Anthem last year alongside Jazmine Sullivan and Eric Church.
“The doors to accessibility are busted wide open with something like this.,” said Forbes when speaking with the Detroit Free Press when discussing the Halftime Show. Not willing to confirm specifics of the event, Forbes did confirm he would be on stage with both Eminem and Snoop Dogg.
Dr Dre cryptically teased the event, saying, “I’m extremely excited to share the stage with my friends for the #PepsiHalftime Show. This will introduce the next saga of my career… Bigger and Better than Ever!!!” Eminem got in on the act, posting, “Dre day in February? I’m there! #PepsiHalftime Show.”
“Artists like Dr Dre and Snoop Dogg were at the forefront of the West Coast hip hop revolution, so to be able to bring them back to LA, where it all began alongside Eminem, Mary J. Blige, and Kendrick Lamar will prove to be an epic, unforgettable celebration of the impact hip hop has today,” said Todd Kaplan, Pepsi’s VP of marketing.
He added: “The Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show has become a landmark cultural moment, bringing about some of the most iconic performances over the years – from JLo and Shakira to Lady Gaga to The Weeknd – and we are thrilled to bring together such an incredible array of talented, record-breaking musicians to put on a performance for the ages.”