Whatta guy! Travis Scott is performing at Super Bowl LII alongside Maroon 5 and Big Boi on Feb. 3, but a new report reveals he almost turned down the honor. Kylie Jenner‘s baby daddy (and maybe, possibly husband) only agreed to do the show if the NFL joined him in donating to a special cause.
According to Billboard, Travis, 26, required the National Football League to make a joint donation to an organization fighting for social justice in order for him to move forward. The “Sicko Mode” rapper reportedly donated $500,000 in partnership with the NFL to Dream Corps, whose mission is to “close prison doors and open doors of opportunity.”
In a statement, Travis said, “I back anyone who takes a stand for what they believe in. I know being an artist that it’s in my power to inspire. So before confirming the Super Bowl halftime performance, I made sure to partner with the NFL on this important donation. I am proud to support Dream Corps and the work they do that will hopefully inspire and promote change.”
Unfortunately for Stormi‘s dad, not everyone is thrilled with his involvement. According to the outlet, several artists — including Rihanna and JAY-Z — turned down the halftime show in support of Colin Kaepernick. The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback refused to stand during the national anthem back in 2016 because of his views on the country’s treatment of racial minorities.
At the time he said, “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”
Since then, Rev. Al Sharpton and actor Michael B. Jordan expressed their disappointment with the rapper over accepting the gig. Michael reportedly said, “That’s something I’m not that happy with… We’re still trying to stand behind something right now.”
Super Bowl LII airs Feb. 3, 2019, at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, GA.
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