The rap starred from start to finish the halftime show of the Super Bowl. As Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg arranged for their show of the final of the NFL, in which they had as guests hip-hop stars like Kendrick Lamar, Mary J. Blige, Eminem and the surprise appearance of 50 Cent.
It was the first time that rap, one of the great cultural expressions of the black population in the United States, has dominated from beginning to end this musical show of the Super Bowl intermission. The NFL has faced very serious accusations of racism in recent years with such media cases as those of Colin Kaepernick or Brian Flores.
Hence, there was a lot of anticipation to see how rap landed in the Super Bowl with two legends of the rap of the west coast: Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg. Dr. Dre started the concert with the classic ‘The Next Episode’ next to Snoop Dogg.
The stage of this Super Bowl recreated a street with different shops and venues. “West Coast, make noise!” shouted Snoop Dogg singing from the roof next to Dr. Dre.
Together they also boarded ‘California Love’, Tupac Shakur’s anthem, before the big surprise of the night appeared face down and out of nowhere: 50 Cent. The rapper bet on his legendary ‘In da Club’ before Mary J. Blige, only female presence of the show, with ‘Family Affair’ and ‘No More Drama’.
Kendrick Lamar, for his part, offered perhaps the most impactful performance of the show with a performance of ‘Alright’ driven by a brilliant choreography of military style and with overhead camera.
Finally, with an explosion that shattered part of the stage entered Eminem, who played his Oscar-winning ‘Lose Yourself’ in the final stretch.
Eminem ended up kneeling on the ground as Colin Kaepernick did in his anti-racist demands in the NFL, a gesture of homage that received much applause on social networks. And he did so even though the NFL would have banned him for several controversies with black players who had made that gesture before.
And for the ending Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg came back, who closed the show with “Still D.R.E.” and all their guests accompanying them in an image with some nostalgia but that summarizes both the legacy of rap and its present.