Travis Scott received a lot of backlash over the weekend for his decision to perform alongside Marron 5 and Outkast’s Big Boi at the Super Bowl Pepsi Halftime show, now the AstroWorld rapper reveals in a statement the stipulation he made with the NFL before agreeing to head line.
The condition, a joint donation to a charitable cause. In partnership with the league, Scott will make a $500,000 contribution to Dream Corps, a non-profit organization that champions social justice.
In a statement the ‘Sicko Mode’ rapper said:
“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.”
Scott’s participation in the event will come after several celebrities, reportedly turned down offers. Other celebrities, including actor Michael B. Jordan, have said they planned to boycott the Super Bowl or criticized Scott’s decision to participate in the show.
NFL executives have emphasized social justice outreach in recent months after negotiations with a “Players Coalition” over the league’s handling of national anthem protests. The league committed $89 million toward social justice causes in November 2017, and NFL owners will match player donations of up to $250,000 per team.
Super Bowl LII will take place at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on Feb. 3.