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Kendrick Lamar performed his beloved song "Alright" at the 2022 Super Bowl halftime show on Sunday.
The slang word for police was noticeably left out of the line, "We hate po-po."
A representative for the NFL denied clashing with this year's performers about political lyrics.
However, during a pivotal moment in the song, Lamar went quiet.
The word "po-po," slang for police, was noticeably left out when he rapped the pre-chorus: "And we hate po-po / Wanna kill us dead in the street fo sho."
It's unclear if Lamar was censored by the telecast or if he refrained from saying the specific phrase, as the moment was shown from a bird's-eye perspective, rather than a close-up shot. A representative for the NFL did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.
"Alright" has been praised as a sharp critique of police brutality and anthem for Black resilience, though it also sparked backlash from conservatives at the time of its release. Lamar was famously criticized by Fox News host Geraldo Rivera, which Lamar later sampled on his 2017 album "Damn."
Before the halftime show was underway, the NFL denied reports that it clashed with this year's performers, particularly over lyrics and gestures that may be seen as political or controversial.
According to Puck News correspondent Eriq Gardner, the league attempted to nix a line from Dr. Dre's signature 1999 hit "Still D.R.E." about "not lovin' police," as well as Eminem's plan to kneel, apparently as a salute to Colin Kaepernick.
In a statement provided to Insider, a representative called the claim "erroneous."
"We watched every rehearsal this week and these elements were included," the statement read. "As you know, no player, coach or personnel member has been sanctioned for taking a knee so there would be no reason for us to tell a performer he or she could not for whatever reason."
In recent years, several prominent artists — including Rihanna and Cardi B — have declined to perform at the Super Bowl in order to stand in solidarity with Kaepernick. The former NFL quarterback famously knelt during the national anthem before games to protest racism and police brutality and later accused the NFL of blacklisting him over it.
Both Dre's lyric and Eminem's kneel still made it into Sunday's performance.
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