Rap Takes Over Super Bowl Halftime, Balancing Celebration and Protest
Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, Mary J. Blige and 50 Cent asserted the power of hip-hop’s oldies generation on pop music’s most-watched stage.
Dr. Dre – Still.. Not loving police (watch on youtube 12:52) Cause not allowed to share it here../
“It’s crazy that it took all of this time for us to be recognized,” Dr. Dre said at the game’s official news conference last week, underscoring that the N.F.L. essentially chose to wait until hip-hop had become oldies music — apart from Lamar, all the artists Sunday had their commercial and creative peaks more than a decade ago — in order to grant it full rein on its biggest stage.
EMINEM FOR RACIAL INJUSTICE
Eminem, making his first appearance at the Super Bowl, didn’t explicitly say why he chose to kneel during his performance. That said, the artist has been outspoken against racial injustice. He released a single titled “Untouchable” in 2017 that addresses issues of police brutality, racial profiling and systematic racism.
Kaepernick began the practice of kneeling during the playing of the national anthem during the 2016 preseason and throughout the remainder of the year for the 49ers. He has not been signed by another team since the conclusion of the season.
So, you can decide for yourself on which side of the story to believe.
FOR 2 PAC
Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg paid homage to their late hip-hop brother Tupac during the 2022 Super Bowl Halftime Show on Sunday (Feb. 13)
Early in the set, the two performed Tupac’s 1996 hit “California Love,” which features Dre. One of Tupac’s most widely known songs, the song was released as a double A-sided single along with the KC & JoJo-assisted “How Do U Want It,” both reaching No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Later on, Dre briefly played Tupac’s “I Ain’t Mad At Cha” on the piano.