Super Bowl Halftime brings us back to the 90’s


IMAGE / Colin O'Brien

Dr. Dre at Coachella in 2012

The Super Bowl is one of the biggest spectacles of modern television and sports entertainment all year.

The championship for America’s most popular sports league is always a big show with one of the biggest concurrent audiences of the entire calendar year.

This year, the Super Bowl is important to Michigan football fans, as former quarterback of the Detroit Lions, Matthew Stafford is in the Super Bowl playing with the Los Angeles Rams.

Though there was definitely another reason to pay attention to this sports event, the Pepsi Halftime Show.

This show has a very big influence on how the night goes. Recent shows, such as Justin Timberlake in 2018, Maroon 5 in 2019, and of course Jennifer Lopez and Shakira in 2020 have all been pretty underwhelming and just plain boring in my opinion.

This year though, it was announced that LA Hip Hop legends Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg would take the stage alongside Eminem, Mary J. Blige, and Kendrick Lamar to perform for the Halftime show.

The set was a reconstruction of hot spots in LA and Compton, with a Dr. Dre classic white lowrider in front of the stage.

Snoop Dogg took the stage first, performing his iconic hit with Dr. Dre “The Next Episode” and Dre then joined him for an extremely nostalgic rendition of the classic 2Pac song,”California Love,” definitely a love letter to the state as a whole.

Next, as a surprise to literally everyone watching, 50 Cent descended down from the ceiling in the set to perform his smash hit, “In Da Club.”

After 50’s surprise appearance, the camera panned up to the top of the set where Mary J. Blige gave the best vocal performance of her night with a fabulous performance of her two chart toppers,”Family Affairs” and “No More Drama.”

Immediately following, Kendrick Lamar started his set with the iconic intro of his song “m.A.A.d city.” followed by his “Alright.”

Bringing us towards our finale, Eminem and Dr. Dre did a short bit of “Forgot about Dre.” Before Eminem performed his Oscar-winning song “Lose Yourself” and kneeling behind Dre afterwards.

Snoop and Dre took us to the end of the performance with the amazingly iconic piano intro to “Still D.R.E.” with Dre ending the best halftime show in recent memory.

Some students, such as senior Jesse Spencer, were disappointed in the setlist catering towards older rap fans.

“I would have been excited if I were 40.” Spencer said. He added that he wishes Kanye West, who was in attendance, would have performed.

There were some controversies surrounding the show, specifically with Dre, Snoop, and Eminem.

These performers were told by the NFL to not do certain actions and the leave out certain lyrics in their songs. Dr. Dre was told to leave out the negative lines about police officers in “Still D.R.E.”

Snoop Dogg was told he was not allowed to wear a blue bandanna representing his gang affiliation.

Eminem was told he could not kneel to honor Colin Kaepernick’s protesting by kneeling during the Star-Spangled Banner.

The musicians definitely did not follow these guidelines.

Dre kept his negative lines about police in his song.

Snoop Dogg wore an entire outfit representing his gang affiliation, even throwing up gang signs during his performance.

In the biggest news, Eminem knelt to pay tribute to 2Pac, but kneeling and football do not exactly go together without a media firestorm.

All in all, the Super Bowl Halftime show this year was the best in a long time and was definitely well worth the wait.