Rap and Hip-Hop Rock 2022’s Super Bowl Stage


The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and NFL’s exhibit is seen during a press preview of the Super Bowl Experience. Photo/Rich Fury/Getty Images/TNS

Mary J. Blige performs during the halftime show at SoFi Stadium. Photo/Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times/TNS

By: Victor Mays, Reporter

The Super Bowl game brought together the Los Angeles Rams and the Cincinnati Bengals for a historic night of football. The equally historic halftime show brought together Snoop Dogg, Mary J Blige, Kendrick Lamar, Dr. Dre, Eminem and a surprise appearance by 50 Cent who entered hanging upside down from a bar.

Anderson Paak was also seen playing the drums. 90s and early 2000s rap music overtook the stage that night as thousands of adoring fans hollered and screamed. This is the first time that a Super Bowl halftime show has ever hosted an all rap music show. Hip-Hop has been the dominating piece of music for the last 20-30 years or so.

Since the Super Bowl game was in Los Angeles this year, hip-hop and rap artists turned
up the Los Angeles love with songs like “California Love” and other songs that have
been on the top 100 list in the past two decades.

The playlist for the event was like a late 90s to early 2000s Spotify playlist. Snoop Dogg performed a clean version of the hit song “The Next Episode” with Dr Dre as the DJ. 50 Cent was not listed as an artist who would perform this year but showed up and surprised fans with his performance of his song “In Da Club.” Mary J, did not come to play. She performed her number one hit single “Family Affair,’’ which was followed by “No More Drama.”

“To see some of my favorite artists from Eminem to 50 Cent on stage in a hip-hop centered Super Bowl was great to see. Super Bowls have never been rap centric. So I am happy that we got this gem of a performance” Junior Christian Mayers said.

Kendrick Lamar, a more recent artist who hasn’t been in the spotlight for nearly half a
decade, came to perform his song “Alright.” This was followed up swiftly by rapper Eminem who performed his Oscar winning song from the “8 Mile” soundtrack “Lose Yourself.” The show ended with the song “Still D.R.E.”

“I thought it was magnificent. It was entertaining, not once was I bored. My favorite was most definitely Kendrick Lamar. This was one of the best halftime shows since Michael Jackson,” Garry Simmons said.

The stage was lined with this replica of a street corner with houses that open up to both sides of the stadium, which was lined with backup dancers and ment, such as the device that Dr. Dre used to control the volume and selection of music he played. The stage that these elaborate sets were on were made to look like a close up satellite image of a large city, which aided in the motif that the artist was going for.

The show had both professional dancers as well as volunteer dancers. EliteDaily.com says that the professional dancers were paid and the volunteers were not.

The professional dancers were choreographed and volunteers were not choreographed

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