Hip-hop really showed its greatness as the Superbowl as fans worldwide saw Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar, Mary J. Blige, Eminem and 50 Cent, provide viewers a special tribute to the hit songs from the West Coast. Fans in the crowd and at home got a taste of nostalgia.As with the history of the genre, there was controversy around the songs such as Kendrick Lamar’s “we hate po-po” being censored and Snoop Dogg rocking a crip-themed outfit and crip-walking on stage. Of course, these Los Angeles rap stars made their name for their lyrics and image.

JAY-Z, went to bat for his fellow rappers, which was a big deal since he has a deal with the NFL for his Roc Nation company to be an “entertainment and social justice partner” with the league, which includes helping put on the halftime show.

It appears the NFL was worried about its image with having controversial performers at its biggest event.  However, JAY-Z, who was in attendance, gave them an ultimatum to assure it would happen. According to Snoop Dogg, who recently spoke with TIDAL about the show, Hov said he would end the partnership between Roc Nation and the NFL if his rapper friends were denied their performance: “We love each other. Like, not secretly, like publicly, we love each other. It is what it is, so it’s like for him to go to bat for us and tell the NFL, ‘F**k that. They perform or I quit,’ that was the most gangster sh*t out of everything. Then with attire and kneeling and all this … you can’t wear your gang bang sh*t? JAY-Z hit me like, ‘Wear what the f**k you want to wear. Peace to the Gods.’”

Snoop is also referring to Eminem kneeling on stage during the performance to honor Tupac Shakur, but some say it was really in honor of Colin Kaepernick. Regardless, Jay-Z made sure to remember his roots and called in a big favor for hip hop.