We’ve all known since September that Maroon 5 will most likely headline the Super Bowl halftime show in Atlanta on February 3, but it seemed like the NFL wanted somebody else to sweeten the pot of bland oatmeal. They asked Cardi B, who did that Girls Like You song with Maroon 5, to make an appearance, but she wanted her own set. Before going with Maroon 5, the NFL asked Rihanna and Jay-Z, but they turned down the offer in support of Colin Kaepernick. But well, rapper and the father of Kylie Jenner’s baby, Travis Scott, better expect a slap down from Amy Schumer, because he’s going to perform.
The NFL officially announced Maroon 5 as the halftime show headliner yesterday, and said that they’ll be joined by Travis Scott and Big Boi.
— NFL (@NFL) January 13, 2019
But don’t worry. Just because Travis is a part of the Kardashian Koven and their motto written in Latin in blood over the front entrance of Kris Jenner‘s house is “Anything For A Check” doesn’t mean he doesn’t care about things like police brutality or unfairly keeping Colin off the field for bringing up police brutality. And he shows you how much he cares like only a Kardashian could: by throwing money at the problem.
Travis gave a statement about accepting the gig and it sounds like damage control to me. He and the NFL will be make a $500,000 joint donation to Dream Corps, which is a group that fights for social justice and prison reform whose slogan is “21st-century jobs, not jails.” They want to decrease prison populations by 50% in the next ten years. Here’s part of Travis’ statement:
“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.”
Things are probably gonna get professionally awkward for Travis since allegedly Jay-Z tried to convince him not to do the show. But he had to tell him: “Sorry Jay, I’m a Kardashian now: we only listen to Kanye West.”