Halftime show welcomes hip-hop, rap


Simanta Ghimire

 The Super Bowl is one of the biggest sports events of the year with millions of people watching. 

It’s no surprise that there are millions of dollars put into the halftime show. And everyone has opinions on the performers. 

But this year’s halftime time show really stood out. With the biggest stars in hip-hop like Eminem, Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, Mary J. Blige, Kendrick Lamar and 50 Cent the halftime show was a spectacle. 

For the first time in Super Bowl history, the halftime show offered nothing else but rap and hip-hop, with a slight emphasis on West Coast rap. 

This was the first time these superstars lined up to perform on the same stage. 

The halftime show was centered on hip hop legend Dr. Dre. All five of the other artists have worked with Dr. Dre, with three of them appearing on his album “2001.” 

According to Mary J. Blige, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, the NFL was late in embracing hip hop, and they vowed that their Super Bowl halftime show would create more opportunities for the genre. 

“In the future, we’re going to open more doors for hip-hop artists and make sure that the NFL understands that this is what it should have been a long time ago,” Dr. Dre said at a press conference. 

The performers sang a variety of songs, while still giving us more than 30 seconds of each song. Some halftime shows in the past have transitioned quickly from song to song, but this year’s show had a good balance. 

It would have been great to see each artist perform more from their discography, but given the time constraints they did an excellent job of showcasing each of the performers.