Houston rapper Travis Scott tried to do the right thing before confirming his appearance at next month’s Super Bowl LIII halftime show. New reports claim Cactus Jack and Black Lives Matter activist and NFL free agent Colin Kaepernick spoke.
According to reports, Scott told Kaep he would only agree to perform for the NFL after getting confirmation on a charity donation.
Scott and Kaepernick had at least one phone conversation before the rapper confirmed his Super Bowl appearance, sources tell Variety. A source close to Scott said that while the two did not necessarily agree, they emerged from the conversation with mutual respect and understanding, with the rapper taking the stance that everyone makes a statement in their own way and he felt that the money going toward Dream Corps, combined with the platform provided by the Super Bowl, will do some good. The source also said that Scott would not confirm his performance until the donation was locked in. (Variety)
This week, Hot 97 radio veteran Ebro Darden singled Scott out for accepting a $500,000 charity donation in exchange for his performance.
Last weekend, reports emerged about Scott’s Super Bowl halftime deal.
Travis Scott today announced that in partnership with the National Football League, he will make a $500,000 donation to the non-profit organization Dream Corps, among “other initiatives that he will work with the League on.” The move is clearly designed to counter criticism over his appearance at the Super Bowl halftime show with Maroon 5 — which was finally confirmed, after weeks of speculation, precisely 30 minutes after Scott announced the donation on Sunday. (Variety)
A few days ago, halftime performers Maroon 5 announced OutKast’s Big Boi would also join in on the festivities.
— Maroon 5 (@maroon5) January 13, 2019
— Big Boi (@BigBoi) January 13, 2019