Waka Flocka Flame is not happy with NFL giving halftime slot to Maroon 5: "They need somebody from Atlanta in it, it’s only right"
The Atlanta rapper criticized the NFL for the lack of local representation as the Superbowl heads to the city for the first time in 19 years.
On Wednesday, it was confirmed that Maroon 5 landed the coveted spot of headlining the 2019 Super Bowl LIII Halftime show, set to kick-off next February at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. Soon after the news broke, there was a backlash on Twitter, with fans of the rapidly growing Atlanta hip-hop scene criticizing the NFL for not picking a local artist for its return to the city in 19 years. One Atlanta-based rapper who is on the side of irate fans is Waka Flocka Flame, who is not too thrilled about Maroon 5's upcoming performance.
On Wednesday, Waka Flocka got on a video call with TMZ to express his opinion on NFL's controversial pick. Waka criticized the NFL for choosing Maroon 5, and not someone from Atlanta, adding that someone like Migos or Future should’ve been NFL’s choice since it would also help the organizations to choose a black artist.
“I think for the Super Bowl you should have someone from Atlanta representin' Atlanta. Just cause the Super Bowl here we can give them that spice. I think they should have someone like Migos, Future, somebody I could come play ‘Hard In The Paint’, somebody I don't know. They need somebody from Atlanta in it, it’s only right,” Waka Flocka said during the brief interview.
“It’s not fair, but its the NFL we’re talking about,” he added
While the headlining act is set for the show, Billboard speculates that Cardi B and Travis Scott are on a short list of names who might be coming out for a surprise appearance during the halftime show, but hopefully, the NFL will come around and please the local crowd by at least squeezing in one artist from the Big Peach.
Meanwhile, for Maroon 5, performing during the Super Bowl has been a longtime dream. During a 2015 interview with Howard Stern, Adam Levine admitted that the band “very actively wants to play the Super Bowl.”