Not Just Performers: Super Bowl Halftime Stars Dr. Dre, Snoop Dog, Others Invest Big
Sunday’s Super Bowl halftime show made history as the first with rap as its focus. Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg and Kendrick Lamar, all natives of the Los Angeles area, and Eminem, 50 Cent and Mary J. Blige took the stage at Stadium in Inglewood to perform before the beat the .
Besides being acclaimed artists, most of the group are also active investors in various businesses. Because we’re always looking for the startup angle around here, we pulled the investment history of each of the artists.
Snoop Dogg, aka Calvin Broadus, is probably the most prolific startup investor of the group. The rapper has made at least 12 personal investments in startups, according to Crunchbase data, including in companies like , and . His most recent investments were early childhood meal startup and social collaboration marketplace last year.
Snoop is also the founder of which has made 32 investments to date in companies like cannabis delivery company span> (very fitting) and recruiting platform . Casa Verde Capital closed on a $100 million second investment fund in late 2020.
Marshall Mathers, otherwise known as Eminem, has made at least two investments, according to Crunchbase data. He invested in (a website used to understand the references and meanings behind the lyrics of songs) in 2015, and digital creation platform in 2021. Eminem’s investments have had at least one exit, when Genius was acquired by in 2021.
DR. Dre, aka Andre Young, hasn’t invested in startups on his own, according to Crunchbase data (of course, he could’ve privately made investments that haven’t been disclosed). But he’s arguably the most well-known businessperson of the group. Dre’s the founder of (or Beats by Dre). Beats raised at least $800 million in venture and private equity funding before acquired the company in 2014 for $3.2 billion, Apple’s largest acquisition ever at the time.
Pulitzer Prize-winning artist ’s fairly new in the venture investing game, according to Crunchbase data. The rapper made his first startup investment last year in audio engineer marketplace pre-seed round.
50 cent, who made a surprise appearance during the Super Bowl Halftime Show, has made at least two investments in startups, according to Crunchbase data. The rapper, , invested in mattress company ’s Series C round in 2017, and in avatar tech company in 2018.
Mary J. Blige
Mary J.Blige, doesn’t appear to have made any investments in startups, according to Crunchbase data. But who cares, she’s still a superstar.
Kunthara, S. (2022, February 14). Not Just Performers: Super Bowl Halftime Stars Dr. Dre, Snoop Dog, Others Invest. . . Crunchbase News. https://news.crunchbase.com/news/super-bowl-halftime-dr-dre-snoop-dogg-investors/