A major music icon hailing from Miami has a huge problem with Jay-Z’s picks to headline the Super Bowl LIV halftime show this year.
Rapper Uncle Luke took to Instagram late last week to air out his grievances with Jennifer Lopez and Shakira taking the stage on Feb. 2, 2020, especially since the annual football championship is happening in Miami.
“Hold the f… on,” begins the former leader of 2 Live Crew in a Sept. 26 Instagram video. “I’m so pissed right now that I really want to use some profanity but I got a lot of kids that follow me on Instagram I’ve noticed these days. So all of a sudden, the NFL, y’all gon’ bring in J. Lo and somebody else and just totally disrespect all the African-American entertainment in Miami. So, we don’t exist?
“It ain’t about me, I don’t want to perform,” he went on. “But you wanna bring J. Lo and the other girl and I don’t even know where she from. Nobody from Miami. We got world-class entertainment here. I would have thought you had sense to go and get Pit Bull, Flo Rida or [Rick] Ross or somebody, Trick Daddy or something. Really? You’re gonna bring in those two people — you’re gonna rape the town of all of our money, and then gonna bring us — We don’t need the NFL, our hotels are already filled up. Jay-Z, you gon’ fix the s–t! I’m just keeping it one hunnid!”
Luke, whose real name is Luther Campbell, added in the video’s caption, “I have a serious problem with the @NFL and the people they pick to perform at the Super Bowl. The @NFL has totally disrespected the African American along with Miami entertainment community. Jay-Z this your first job.”
Jay was appointed as the NFL’s “live music and entertainment strategist” in August, and, as such, he and his entertainment company Roc Nation are in charge of putting together the halftime show. It seems Jay sifted through his roster of Roc Nation signees and got Shakira on board to join J.Lo, who has long been asked if she would perform during what is typically the most-watched televised event of the year.
But all that has not apparently swayed Luke’s stance, and his Instagram followers wholeheartedly agree with him.
“Same thing I said today when I reported on who was performing! 🤷🏽♀️… SMH!”
“I was waiting for somebody to say it”
“Cant mention miami without you and trick!”
“Lol seems like ‘they’ trying to erase some people from Miami”
Many people have also questioned not only the choice of the halftime performers but Jay’s NFL partnership as a whole, since he was an ardent backer of free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Kaep ignited controversy when he began sitting and then kneeling during pregame performances of the national anthem in the 2016 NFL season. The former San Francisco 49er ultimately left the team in March 2017 and has been unsigned ever since.