For the first time, rap and hip hop took the centre of the stage at the Super Bowl LVI
When the acts for the Super Bowl LVI half-time show were announced, all the fans were awestruck. The star-studded line-up of Dr Dre, Eminem, Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar, Mary J. Blige and with 50 Cent’s surprise cameo made the whole SoFi stadium roared in enthusiasm, the show absolutely rocked! Perhaps this was one of the greatest halftime shows in Super Bowl history.
This year’s show was the third straight to be co-produced by Roc Nation, the entertainment and sports company led by Jay-Z, which partnered with the NFL. in 2019.
Super Bowl LVI Halftime show
In the years since hip-hop and rap has docked a handful of moments in sports and entertainment’s biggest stages, it hasn’t held the full spotlight until Sunday evening. The first time a rapper joined a Super Bowl halftime lineup was in 1998: It was Queen Latifah, and she didn’t rap; she just sang as part of a Motown tribute.
The Super Bowl took place in the SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles. It made sense to round up the old gang and play a West Coast rap inspired show. An excellent experience of nostalgia!
Legendary artists Dr Dre and Snoop Dogg opened the show, kicking things off with their hit classic “The Next Episode” before really upping the cadence by playing Tupac’s tune “California Love“.
followed by 50 Cent performing his song “In Da Club“, even making his intro by hanging upside down from a pull-up bar just like he did in the classic music video from 2009.
It was then Mary J. Blige’s turn, who baffled us with her amazing voice, bringing the audience into an uproar of excitement.
California hero Kendrick Lamar – widely regarded as one of the best modern-day rappers of his era – was up next, played his track “Alright” which was chaperoned by some impressive dancing. Kendrick Lamar, at the age of 34 was the youngest performer in the show.
The SoFi Stadium went frenzy by Eminen’s performance which truly stole the show. Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” was going to be his first song and he killed it, Dre orchestrating it all on the decks behind him. Eminem knelt and held his head in his hand after performing “Lose Yourself,” his anthem about self-determination from the movie “8 Mile” a moment of goosebumps.
Dre then got on the piano and played the iconic intro to “Still DRE” with Snoop, Mary J, Eminem, Kendrick and 50 Cent all closing the show by joining in.