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Anderson .Paak was the Big Winner At the Super Bowl LVI Halftime Show

Anderson .Paak was a surprise guest during Sunday’s halftime show. To celebrate his special appearance, he’s released a commemorative tee.

We’re two months into 2022 and Anderson .Paak is already having a hell of a year. On Sunday, .Paak was one of two special guests (50 Cent being the other) during the Super Bowl halftime performance.

With a rap centric lineup that included Dr. Dre, Mary J. Blige, Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg and Eminem, .Paak played the drum’s during Em’s set. 50 Cent also appeared in an upside-down performance of his 2003 hit “In Da Club”, replicating the song’s accompanying video.

Hours after the halftime show, .Paak posted a selfie with Lamar. THANKS FOR THE RIDE FOOLIE! @drdre HERE I COME!!!” .Paak captioned.

Paak also revealed a commemorative halftime tee, which he’s released on Shopify. For just $35, fans can treat themselves to the tee, emblazoned with an image of .Paak in a vintage fit and with the phrase “We’re with Eminem’s drummer.”

On Twitter, .Paak promoted his tee and also gave his respects to Dre, who was appointed as Dre’s protege last decade.

“LOVE YOU BRO AND THANK YOU FOR LETTING ME BE APART OF HISTORY!!!” .Paak wrote, also joking that he’s price has gone up. “ND HIT MY LAND LINE FOR ALL DRUM INQUIRIES! Note: I ONLY PLAY CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES AND FOR DIAMOND SELLING ARTISTS. RATES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE ON ANY GIVEN SUNDAY!”

Prior to the halftime show, .Paak and Dre’s last collaboration was on Grand Theft Auto online game The Contract. In late January, .Paak went to Instagram and teased that a new NxWorries album was on the way, but he’ll have even more surprises throughout the year. Later this month, he and Bruno Mars will begin their Las Vegas residency as Silk Sonic at MGM’s Dolby Live for 13 dates.

The ‘Evening With Silk Sonic’ Live in Las Vegas residency will begin on February 25th, wrapping up on April 2nd.

Jaelani Turner-Williams

Jaelani Turner-Williams is a contributing news writer for Okayplayer with bylines at Billboard, MTV News, NYLON, Recording Academy and more. Read her mind on Twitter at @hernameisjae.

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