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Jennifer Lopez and Shakira were recently announced as performers for the Super Bowl LIV halftime show, and not everyone was happy about the decision. Among those most disappointed by the move is Miami rap pioneer Uncle Luke, who is disappointed at the complete lack of Miami-based talent on display. In fact, he's now shared both a rant in video form and an article for the Miami New Times demanding JAY-Z step in and do something about it.
"I am so pissed right now, that I really wanna use some profanity but I got a lot of kids that follow me on Instagram," he said in his video. Luke suggested that by selecting the two performers for the Super Bowl halftime show, the NFL had fundamentally disrespected "all the African American entertainment in Miami." Fans have already made it clear they want to see Pitbull perform at the halftime show, and Luke agrees.
"We got world-class entertainment here, I done thought you had sense to get Pitbull, Flo-Rida, [Rick] Ross, or somebody... Trick Daddy or something," he continued. "We don't need the NFL. Our hotels are already full, you need us. JAY-Z you gotta fix this shit, I'm just gonna keep it 100."
In his article, he doubled down on his suggestions. "Pitbull, AKA Mr. Worldwide, along with Flo Rida and Rick Ross, should really be the headliners of this halftime show," he wrote. "J. Lo and Shakira should be Pitbull’s invited guests since he did songs with them. And Flo Rida should be inviting Trick Daddy, Trina, and other Miami superstars to share the spotlight. The NFL is going about this ass-backward."
He went on to claim that "JAY-Z is in violation of the G code," and suggested that he should "talk some sense to the NFL." He's previously argued that he didn't deserve the criticism he got for signing a partnership with the NFL, but now Luke believes the rapper "needs to straighten this shout out."
A similar response happened when Maroon 5 was announced as the halftime show performers for the Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta. Eventually, the group invited Travis Scott and Big Boi to join them on stage.