Dr. Dre paid a sweet but subtle tribute to the late Tupac Shakur during his Super Bowl LVI halftime show on Sunday - and fans are still very much in awe.
Considering the show featured both Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg and was held in southern California, rumors began to circulate about a potential Tupac tribute.
Fans even speculated that the rapper, who died in 1996, might feature on the song 'California Love' in the form of a hologram. In fact, a decade ago, Dre and Snoop's performance at the 2012 Coachella Music Festival saw Tupac appear on stage in hologram form to perform alongside the pair.
This time, Dre opted for a more understated tribute - and it was nothing short of breathtaking. During the interval, the 56-year-old rapper was joined on stage by Snoop, Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, Mary J. Blige, and 50 Cent.
The artists performed a medley of songs, and, at one point, Dre sat down at a piano and played the intro of Tupac's song 'I Ain't Mad At Cha'.
Needless to say, fans were extremely moved by the inclusion of the iconic intro, with one taking to Twitter to write alongside a series of clapping emojis: "Best Halftime Show Ever #tupac tribute on the piano by Dre was [emotional crying emoji]."
Another wrote: "It was too much of [a] tease when Dre dropped that piano riff. RIP Tupac. One of his best songs. I Ain't Mad Atcha. I had to listen to it after."
A third gushed: "Dre went from teasing Tupac's remarkable classic 𝐼 𝐴𝑖𝑛'𝑡 𝑀𝑎𝑑 𝐴𝑡𝑐ℎ𝑎 to closing the curtains with Still D.R.E. and bruh, I stood up in my living room and gave him an ovation: Because every minute of their collaborative effort was amazing."
Yet another shared: "For a split second, when DRE started playing the I aint Mad at Ya melody, I thought the Tupac Hologram was bout to start performing. F***. #SuperBowl."
Referring to long-held rumors that Tupac is, in fact, still alive, a final fan accepted: "ok well if tupac didn't come back for that i guess it's official."