INGLEWOOD, Calif., Feb 14, (AP): Dr. Dre & Co. took the burden of the hip-hop custom on the Great Bowl stage, shouldered the stress from skeptics and delivered a sturdy halftime current to indicate that edgy rap can work on the world’s biggest sporting events. All it took was hip-hop’s most controversial figures — and one knee taken by music’s most excellent white rapper. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Mary J. Blige, Eminem and Kendrick Lamar have been headliners along with 50 Cent as a specific customer on the Great Bowl halftime current on Sunday. Their collective effectivity is probably going one of many best since Beyoncé and Bruno Mars’ halftime set in 2016. Each performer offered their very personal ingredient: Dre, Snoop Dogg and Lamar launched their West Coast style.
Blige — usually often known as the “Queen of Hip-Hop Soul” — sang and danced her coronary coronary heart out. 50 Cent hit the musical rewind button with “In Da Membership.” When Eminem’s flip bought right here, he carried out a couple of his hits starting with “Forgot About Dre” with Anderson .Paak having fun with the drums. He seemingly defied the NFL by kneeling after performing “One Shot,” though the league says it knew it would happen. Eminem stayed down on one knee for a second whereas Dre sat in entrance of a piano and carried out Tupac’s “I Ain’t Mad at Cha.” Dre, a prolific producer, kicked off the effectivity standing behind a sound desk on excessive of a makeshift white dwelling. He launched Snoop Dogg — sporting a blue bandana outfit — who carried out a few classics harking back to “The Subsequent Episode” and “California Love.”
Afterward, Snoop Dogg yelled out “West Coast make some noise.” The rapper’s assertion confirmed their unabashedly try to ship a distinctive view of Southern California music — notably the lowrider vehicles posted on stage. Like in his “In Da Membership” music video, 50 Cent began his set upside draw again sporting a white tank excessive. Blige appeared on a rooftop with a slew of dancers jamming to her conventional melodies “Family Affair” then carried out “No Additional Ache.” Her set seamlessly went to the black suit-wearing Lamar who was joined by completely different Black males sporting comparable outfits as him. After Eminem’s effectivity, all six joined collectively as Dre rapped “Nonetheless Dre.” Their closing act had an array of dancers sporting khaki outfits. The six legendary performers — notably Dre and Snoop Dogg — carried out the clear variations of their songs for the PG crowd. It initially felt type of weird at first, because of there have been quite a lot of conditions when a expletive phrase was modified by a safer one. On the NFL nationwide stage, that labored to their profit. Why? It displays that hip-hop could possibly be carried out in diversified variations and nonetheless be fascinating to the ears. Among the many many stars, Drake nonetheless shined the brightest.
In an all-white outfit, the multi-Grammy winner had many concertgoers jostling for place to have a look at him perform on the Great Bowl eve get collectively dubbed “Homecoming Weekend” on Saturday evening time. He made a dramatic entrance, darting down an aisle sooner than performing coronary heart stage beneath an ethereal tent on the Pacific Design Coronary heart in West Hollywood, California. The group included many entertainers and athletes: Issa Rae, a mask-wearing Mike Tyson, Lil Wayne, Paul Pierce, Derrick Henry, Ricky Gervais, Jon Hamm, Nicole Scherzinger, Cedric the Entertainer, Karrueche Tran and Flava Flav. Whereas prepared for Drake, attendees mingled for a pair hours. As quickly as he arrived, many flocked in direction of the stage and pulled out their telephones to grab his 45-minute set. Drake knowledgeable the gang that he was initially requested to ship spherical 5 songs, nevertheless felt compelled to triple that amount because of the place he traveled from.
“They flew me out of like three toes of snow for this, so I obtained to hold out for you,” talked about Drake, who went on to hold out bangers along with “No Mates throughout the Commerce” and “Women Want Women” from his present album “Licensed Lover Boy.” The rap star talked about being able to hold out in particular person and confirmed appreciation to all people in attendance. “I’m sure at one degree we’re all sitting at home — maybe a bit depressed, maybe a bit pissed off, maybe a bit confused,” he talked about. “I have to make a toast to how grateful I am for being on this (expletive) room with each thought of one in every of you. I wasn’t sure how and after we might have the power to do this as soon as extra. Nonetheless cheers to each and all people of you. Additional life.” Drake went on to hold out hits along with “Controlla,” “God’s Plan,” “Too So much” and “Passionfruit.” He surprised the gang with a customer look by Future, who carried out “Method 2 Enticing” with Drake sooner than his uber-popular “March Madness.” On the end, Drake paid homage to Lil Wayne — who watched from a VIP half — sooner than closing out his set by having fun with “I Will On a regular basis Love You,” the Dolly Parton tune that Whitney Houston made well-known. He sang every phrase along with many throughout the crowd.
Proof of vaccination was required of the 1,500 guests. Just some wore masks, along with Tyson. The “Homecoming Weekend” current helped cap a full week of leisure events major as a lot as Sunday’s Great Bowl at SofiStadium in Inglewood, the first throughout the Los Angeles house in nearly three a few years, with the hometown Rams going by off in opposition to the Cincinnati Bengals. Justin Bieber sang and danced on the first evening time of the event, provided by The h.wood Group, REVOLVE, PLACES.CO and Uncommon Leisure. Staffers have been sporting soccer uniforms, making the rounds with fancified variations of stadium meals, along with plant-based rooster bites, garlic fries and tiny pizzas. Miley Cyrus and Inexperienced Day carried out all through metropolis on the Crypto.com Enviornment in Los Angeles.