Maroon 5’s Adam Levine may have to share the stage at next year’s Super Bowl VIII. TMZ has learned that Cardi B is in talks with the NFL about performing her song “Girls Like You” with Levine, but she reportedly has one stipulation: her own solo set at the game. Cardi apparently has a lot of offers to perform in February next year and she allegedly wants to make sure the NFL gives her the best deal possible.
Cardi has been busy as of late, so it would make sense that she’s calling the shots. From releasing new music videos to sitting on her front row perch at Milan Fashion Week next to Liam Payne, Cardi is on fire.
Not to mention she has a bit of leverage when it comes to negotiating. Football and music fans were reportedly outraged at the NFL for choosing Maroon 5 to perform at Super Bowl LIII, which is taking place in Atlanta, Georgia next year—the birthplace of and home to many talented hip-hop and rap artists. And of course, Maroon 5 isn’t exactly representative of the music scene in Atlanta.
Waka Flocka Flame have both publicly weighed in on the discussion. Waka Flocka told TMZ Sports that whoever performs at Super Bowl LIII should be black, like “Migos or Future” and connected to Atlanta, and I have to agree. He also made a point that many people have made, which is that the majority of NFL players are black, so it almost seems like a regression to have a white artist perform. Waka also calls Maroon 5 “legend,” making it difficult feel any direct resentment towards the band.
Bruno Mars, who has headlined the Super Bowl in the past, offered to curate next year’s show. Mars even offered a short list of performers on Twitter that he thinks should be on stage. “Outkast. T.I Gucci, lil jon, Jeezy, Jermaine Dupri just to name a few. it would be the best party Tv has ever seen!,” he tweeted in February.
. @NFL you have the opportunity to celebrate incredible Hip Hop Artist from Atlanta Next year.
— Bruno Mars (@BrunoMars) February 5, 2018
Surprisingly, rapper RZA thought Maroon 5 was a “pretty good example of progressive artist’s mind[s],” citing his recent song with rapper Future. He also asserts that the Wu Tang Clan still has a shot at performing at the Super Bowl, saying “we’ll give you ‘Protect Ya Neck’ or something.” That would be a perfect throwback, given the nostalgic climate America is currently undergoing, but I think RZA’s opinion is likely an unpopular one.