Super Bowl halftime show showcases Hip-Hop for the first time

By Mariyah Ramirez

The Super Bowl was the most important game for both the Los Angeles Rams and the Cincinnati Bengals. The Rams were under pressure because they didn’t ram their way to victory last time they competed in the super bowl. They had further pressure since they played in their hometown.

The Bengals had as much worry as a tiger’s prey as they were competing in the superbowl for the first time. With high expectations, the Bengals were unable to meet the standards as Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp scored the winning touchdown.

Although the game was interesting in itself, the halftime show deserves the real spotlight after it made history this year. Following years of rising controversy, the NFL showcased Black music. 

This is the first year that hip-hop was the center of the show. The half-time show saw some of the most popular 90s artists in both rap and hip-hop return to the stage.

The 90s and 2000s rap and hip hop greats Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, 50 cent, Eminem, and Mary J. Blige, joined by relative newcomer Kendrick Lamar, had a shocking and overwhelmingly popular performance. 

The history changing halftime started with  Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg’s hit collaboration called “The Next Episode ”

There were many rumors about a hologram of Tupac in the Superbowl halftime.

Unfortunately, we weren’t given a hologram of Tupac, though his presence was still obvious. They honored Tupac by playing one of his major hits, “California Love.”

50 Cent’s upside down performance had many jumping out of their seats. It has also spawned countless memes, illustrating the show’s popularity.

Mary J.Blige performed her hit single “Family Affair.” 

It was a great performance by all of the artists and was a great success at showcasing hip hop, especially as it wasn’t just the superbowl but also Black History Month.

Even Cincinnati kicker Evan McPherson couldn’t miss out on the show. He stayed on the field to watch the performance instead of retiring to the locker room for the half-time pep talk with the rest of his team.

The NFL made a right choice in showcasing rap and hip hop into the halftime show and bringing out some 90’s trending artists.