Superbowl Halftime Show: Review

Jotella Opokwu

As the Superbowl LVI had been showcased on Sunday, February 13, 2022, we all have been very pleased with the performances & artists that have been presented on the halftime show. Old School artists such as Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Mary J. Blige, and 50 Cent, have actually performed in our halftime show! Not only that but some newer, popular artists such as Eminem & Kendrick Lamar have made an outstanding appearance in this halftime as well. Regardless of whether you grew up with these artists or not, they all have a special place in our hearts! 

As you have probably noticed, the recent Halftime has had many impressions from others all around. Even the well-known basketball player, Lebron James,  has stated that this specific halftime show was “The greatest halftime show I’ve ever seen.” On the other hand, a student, Ethan Chambers, has stated that this specific halftime show was “flat-out bad”. As we all know, we all have different opinions on certain manners. However, we can most definitely agree that these artists definitely impacted today’s world in many different ways! 

If we now dive deeper into the actual performances presented, we obviously are aware that every individual performance was influential. First, we have Snoop Dogg & Dr. Dre’s performance, “The Next Episode” (1999). This track was a specific sequel to Dr. Dre and Snoop’s “Nuthin’ but a ‘G’ Thang 1992’s  The Chronic,” stated in Hiphopdx(.com) 

After this performance, California Love (1995) by Tupac Shakur, was performed by Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg once again! “The lyrics only required a slight adjustment when Dre said he’s been in the rap game for “30 years” instead of “for 10 years” like he rapped in the original version”, stated in Hiphopdx.

Surprisingly enough, 50 Cent made an impressionable appearance in this Halftime, this year. Single-handedly getting the crowd “amped up right before Mary J. Blige performed,” from Hiphopdx.  The song obviously performed was one of his many major hits, “In Da Club (2003). ” 

Mary J. Blige now shows an appearance to this Halftime as well! She had performed the song “Family Affair (2001). ” This specific song peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. Another song performed by Blige was the song “ No More Drama (2001).” This song as well peaked at No.15 on the Billboard Hot 100. (Hiphopdx) 

Moving down to the newer generational artists, We now have Kendrick Lamar ft. MC Eiht performing the song, “m.A.A.d. City (2012).” This acronym can stand for “My Angry Adolescence” or “My Angels on Angel Dust.” Furthermore, another well-known Kendrick song performed at the Superbowl halftime show happened to be “Alright.” Most have probably heard of this song through the 2020 BLM protests or previous events. This specific song actually received not 3 but 4 nominations at the 58th Grammy Awards! 

Eminem also makes an appearance and performs the song “Lose Yourself (2002).” Other songs performed at the Halftime also were “Forget About Dre,” “I Ain’t Mad At Cha,” & “Still D.R.E.

Not only has this Halftime been impactful, but it has also given us some surprises we wouldn’t have expected! As previously mentioned, regardless of whether you enjoyed this halftime show or not, let’s be real, we still loved seeing the Artists perform there.