California knows how to party. Dr. Dre competed for West Coast and hip-hop on Sunday, February 13, at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California, with one of the most epic halftime shows ever at Super Bowl LVI. The hip-hop icon was joined by famous friends including Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Mary J. Blige and Kendrick Lamar. Dre and Snoop opened the nearly 14-minute celebration with “The Next Episode,” perched on an elaborate white set reminiscent of their hometown.
“West Coast’s making a little noise,” Dre said before starting “California Love.”
“I’ve been in the game for 30 years,” the 56-year-old icon rapped, reminding 100 million viewers of his legendary status.
Surprise guest 50 Cent later appeared for his performance of “In Da Club“, which recreated the iconic music video while hanging upside down in a box.
Mary J. was in place and looked as high as ever before delivering an emotional performance of the goosebump-busting song “No More Drama” while performing “Family Affair,” which Dre produced.
Excitement was palpable when King Kendrick returned to the stage with “OK,” supported by an army of dancers.
Eminem Performance As Before
Then Eminem disappeared in that moment. Supported by Anderson. On drums, Paak, Slim Shady commanded the crowd with some lines from “Forgot About Dre“, and then watched the Oscar-winning anthem “Lose Yourself“. He ended Colin Kaepernick’s set by shaking his head at an NFL protest.
Dre then took to the stage alongside Eminem to play the first notes of “Still D.R.E.” on the piano, accompanied by his legendary friends, and a historic night was over.
Before Sunday’s show, Snoop Dogg reflected on the city of the moment and what it meant for hip-hop. “That’s what hip-hop and the NFL should be about moving forward, representing change,” he said.
“We commend the NFL for entertaining hip-hop. We know a lot of people don’t want hip-hop on stage, but now we’re here and there’s nothing you can do about it.”