Deaf Detroit Rappers Sean Forbes and Warren Snipe to Perform Alongside Dr. Dre, Eminem, Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar and Mary J. Blige at Super Bowl Halftime Show

Deaf rapper Sean Forbes performs during rehearsals, for an upcoming performance with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, at the Deaf Professional Arts Network in Ferndale, Michigan on Wednesday, December 12, 2018. (Eric Seals, Detroit Free Press)

Sean Forbes had expected to experience this year’s Super Bowl like usual — in front of a television.

Then the deaf Detroit rapper got the electrifying phone call that promised a career milestone: The NFL wanted him for its upcoming Super Bowl LVI halftime show, performing alongside Dr. Dre, Eminem, Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar and Mary J. Blige in the 56-year-old game’s first-ever hip-hop extravaganza.

And so there Forbes will be Feb. 13 at L.A.’s SoFi Stadium, where he and fellow deaf rapper Warren (WaWa) Snipe will perform sign-language interpretations of the headliners’ music.

It’s the first time the NFL has incorporated sign-language performances as part of the halftime program. Their American Sign Language (ASL) renditions, what the NFL describes as an elevated accessibility experience, will be viewable at and the NBC Sports app.

“The doors to accessibility are busted wide open with something like this,” Forbes said.

He can’t disclose much about the closely guarded halftime set, but he does know he’ll be accompanying the appearances of Eminem and Snoop. He heads to Los Angeles on Sunday for a week of rehearsals.

The NFL’s booking of Forbes and WaWa was arranged by the National Association of the Deaf.

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SOURCE: Detroit Free Press, Brian McCollum

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