According to NBC Sports, approximately 112.3 million people tuned into watch the Los Angeles Rams’ 23-20 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals, while the video of the halftime performance has almost 50 million views on YouTube alone as of press time.
Now, Eminem is sharing his account of the Super Bowl halftime show in a series of “exclusive flicks” taken at Inglewood’s SoFi Stadium on Sunday (February 13).
Shot by Los Angeles-based photographer and art director Jeremy Deputat, the photos capture Slim Shady preparing for the historic performance, where he performed “Forgot About Dre” and “Lose Yourself,” as well as hanging out with a few famous friends.
In one shot, Eminem kicks it with JAY-Z, who helped assemble the all-star lineup as a “live music entertainment strategist” for the NFL, outside his trailer while wearing a Doggstyle hoodie.
Eminem‘s Super Bowl halftime show appearance made headlines due to the Detroit rapper taking a knee, which was widely seen as a gesture of support for former San Francisco 49ers player Colin Kaepernick.
A report that was later debunked claimed the NFL attempted to ban Super Bowl performers from kneeling prior to the performance, but that hasn’t stopped Slim Shady’s gesture from riling up the right — namely, former New York City mayor and Donald Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani.
“Let’s get right to Eminem taking a knee,” Giuliani griped on his radio show earlier this week. “Why doesn’t he go to another country? I mean, go take a knee someplace else. You know how many cops were defending him and protecting him at that game yesterday? I mean, crime is way out of control in Los Angeles.”
Eminem’s full Super Bowl LVI photo diary can be viewed here.