Super Bowl halftime show review


Jason Persse

Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg have performed together before, like 2012’s Coachella Festival.

Nic Barbadora, The Delphi Staff

This year’s NFL halftime show marked a historic moment in halftime show history, as viewers saw hip hop take center stage for the first time.

This year, an all-star roster featuring Dr. Dre, Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, and Mary J. Blige took center stage with guest appearances from 50 Cent and Anderson .Paak. This year’s performers did an excellent job showcasing hip hop culture and, in turn, the history and culture ingrained in Los Angeles.

The show opened with an amazing performance from Snoop Dogg. Snoop rapped his verse from the Dr. Dre song “The Next Episode,” which was followed by the two hip hop pioneers performing the hit “California Love.”

Dr. Dre and Snoop both gave amazing performances, smoothly rapping their verses, while maneuvering around TV censors well.

After “California Love,” surprise guest 50 Cent was revealed, flipped upside down, recreating his iconic music video to his song “In Da Club.”

After 50 Cent’s performance, past Super Bowl performer Mary J. Blige returned to the halftime show, exceeding expectations with an amazing, soulful performance of her hits “Family Affair” (produced by Dr. Dre) and “No More Drama.” Blige’s set was highlighted by vibrant vocals and her full energy on display.

Kendrick Lamar’s performance was crowd-pleasing with amazingly choreographed dancers surrounding Lamar as he rapped his hits “M.a.a.D City” and “Alright.” The only negative takeaway from Lamar’s set was his performance was largely censored with what felt like every other word in “M.a.a.D City’s” chorus being censored, making it hard to understand at times.

Also, many longtime Kendrick Lamar fans would notice that in the performance of his song “Alright,” the lyrics “hate po-po” were censored. This is strange being that “Alright” is known to be a politically-charged anthem used during the 2015 BLM matter marches.

The lyrics to this song famously came under heavy scrutiny from conservatives, such as FOX News commentator Geraldo Rivera, whose comments Lamar would later sample in his album Damn. Why these lyrics were censored is still unclear.

Kendrick’s lyrics were not the only politically-charged moment of the night, with Eminem taking a knee in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick after the performance of his hit “Lose Yourself.” Eminem’s performance of “Lose Yourself” and “Forgot About Dre” were electrifying, reminding viewers what they love about Eminem after some lackluster album releases in recent years.

The performance was highlighted by Dre’s phenomenal production skills and live performances from various artists led by Anderson .Paak. Dre ignited the stage with his performance, playing the melody to “I Ain’t Mad At Cha” and then transitioning to his classic “Still Dre.”

All around, the performers did amazingly in this year’s Super Bowl with phenomenal rapping truly making this year’s performance one to remember.