California Love: Super Bowl LVI Halftime Show


Superstars, (from left to right) Snoop Dogg, Mary J. Blige, Dr. Dre, Eminem, and Kendrick Lamar were headliners for Pepsi’s Halftime Show (Source: NFL)

5 Hip-Hop legends met up in Los Angeles, California to perform the most nostalgic hip-hop Halftime Shows in SuperBowl history. The headliners were Mary J. Blige, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, and Kendrick Lamar. There were two more superstar features, 50 Cent and Anderson .Paak. What do they have in common, you might ask? They were all relatively discovered by Dr. Dre and have all been signed to Aftermath Records, Dre’s record label. 

The show’s scene was the streets of Los Angeles. You could see a lot of cars and outfits of the 90’s and early 00’s. The main platform looked to be a house, each room decorated differently with a variety of representations of the artists and their lives. 

It started with California natives, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, rising to the top of the platform to the song, “The Next Episode”. Next, we could hear the intro to “California Love”, by Dr. Dre and 2Pac. Snoop and Dre then bent over and pointed downwards.

Below them, we could see rapper 50 Cent come out of the rafters. He was upside down, rapping his song, “In Da Club”. At the end of his portion, he pointed and looked back up.

Above him stood the infamous Mary J. Blige. In a sparkly silver outfit, she sang “Family Affair”. She then transferred over to sing “No More Drama”. She really went all out, and did not disappoint. 

 After Mary, Kendrick Lamar began on the ground behind the stage. He came out rapping “m.A.A.d city”, and then switched to “Alright” before the spotlight was put on Eminem.

Eminem exploded out of the stage to “Forgot About Dre” by Dr. Dre and himself. He then began to rap “Lose Yourself”, which is one of his most famous songs from the movie about his life, “8 Mile”. 

At the end of his performance, Dr. Dre hopped on piano and began to play the late Tupac’s “I Ain’t Mad At Cha”. He then blended into “Still Dre”, which is his most played song featuring Snoop Dogg. All 6 artists gathered on top of the stage and finished the show to the song. 

I personally think this was the best halftime show ever, and it set the standards extremely high. 1990’s – 2000’s rappers are undeniably some of the most talented lyricists in history. The only possible way this show could’ve been better in my opinion is if the late 2Pac was there. 

Many people are saying that this may have been the best in Halftime Show History. Others say it comes a close second to Beyoncé’ and Prince’s shows. Now the people of America have to wait another year to see what comes next.