The Stage For The Super Bowl 2022 Halftime Performance Wasn’t Big Enough For This Family Gathering

It was a night of hip-hop heavyweights during the Super Bowl LVI halftime performance on Sunday, yet there may have been some big boys competing in the 2022 Super Bowl.

Midway through the big game between the Los Angeles Rams and the Cincinnati Bengals, Eminem, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar, and, needlessly, 50 Cent shook the stage at the SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California. Of course, Mary J. Blige, the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul, also joined them.

But among this impressive roster, Dr. Dre stood out as the main attraction. The 56-year-old producer, rapper, and businessman oversaw the events in the role of a hip-hop tycoon. In addition to helping to popularise West Coast rap, he has proudly represented California since Day One. His collaborations with the other musicians on the bill have taken them to some of their highest points.

It seemed like a family reunion when he and Snoop performed “The Next Episode” as the halftime show opener in front of the home fans. The two Cali lads joined forces to smash that “2001” song.

The No. 1 single “California Love,” performed by Dr. Dre and Snoop as Snoop stood in for the late Tupac Shakur, was without a doubt the highlight of this halftime show. You could feel the love for the Golden State radiating throughout SoFi Stadium.

Later in the program, Dre and Snoop would collaborate once again on the song “Still D.R.E.,” but at that time, no one needed to be reminded of the reasons why these ’90s hip-hop legends were still very much alive.

The Super Bowl 2022 Halftime
The Super Bowl 2022 Halftime

There were several acts on the roster, making it difficult for anybody to stand out. But Lamar, a fellow Californian, did exactly that. I was pleasantly delighted when K-Dot sang his politically charged tune “Alright” instead of his 2017 smash “Humble,” which I had anticipated.

He created his own brand of rhythm country with the help of dancers dressed in military black suits as he delivered a potent Black History Month message amidst the night’s club bangers. He was by far the most modern celebrity, thus it was appropriate that he symbolized California hip-hop at the time.

It was always going to be simple for Mary J. Blige to stand out in the midst of all that hip-hop testosterone, and she succeeded in doing so when she performed the Dr. Dre-produced hit song “Family Affair” while dressed in a dazzling silver outfit and thigh-high heels.

When she transitioned into her emotional song “No More Drama,” it felt a little out of character for the tone of the evening, but her outstanding performance nearly made you forget that.

The Oscar-winning No. 1 hit song “Lose Yourself” by Eminem was the appropriate tune for the big game, and he sang it as if he were heading for the winning touchdown. Certainly, things started up again when he performed it.

It was likely unnecessary for surprise visitor 50 Cent to play his Dre-produced hit song “In Da Club” as there were already five musicians on the stage. It would have been preferable to hear more from someone like Lamar. But if the purpose of the evening was to honor Dre, having 50 guests didn’t hurt.

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