Dr. Dre Says Super Bowl LVI Halftime Hip-Hop Spotlight Is Late
February 10 (UPI) — During a Thursday Super Bowl halftime press conference with Mary J. Blige and Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre said their next hip-hop spotlight on the show was overdue.
“This should have happened a long time ago,” Dr. Dre said during the NFL’s Super Bowl LVI halftime show press conference. “Hip-hop is the biggest genre on the planet right now, so it’s crazy that it’s taken this long for us to be recognized, so we’re going to go on and put on a fantastic show, so they can’t not deny us in the future.”
“And it’s going to keep pushing, we’re going to open more doors for hip-hop artists in the future, and make sure the NFL understands that this is what it should have been a long time ago… We’re gonna show exactly how professional we can be, how dope we can be on stage and how exciting we are going to be for the fans.”
Mary J. Blige, whom press conference hosts Nate Burleson and MJ Acosta-Ruiz called “the queen of hip hop soul,” agreed with him.
Snoop Dogg thanked the NFL for inviting them to perform despite opposition.
“We appreciate the NFL for even entertaining hip-hop on stage because we know a lot of people didn’t want hip-hop on stage, but we’re here now, and there’s nothing you can do about it.”
“The Super Bowl is the greatest sporting event in the world and hip-hop is the greatest form of music in the world, and for us to have the opportunity to bring the two worlds together…That’s what ‘It’s about, representing about change, about moving forward,’ added Snoop Dogg.
The artists also opened up about how they prepared for one of the biggest performances of their careers, including training and resting to put on an “incredible” show.
“I told Mary last night that I was lucky enough to see her on set, and it gave me goosebumps, so if I get goosebumps, I know the audience will have something very special,” added Dr. Dre.
After the performance, Blige said she was looking forward to “having a really good drink” to celebrate, Snoop Dogg said he was looking forward to spending time with his grandchildren, and Dr. Dre said that he was looking forward to having fun celebrating his birthday.
Queen Latifah was the first rapper to perform at the Super Bowl halftime show in 1998, but she and other rappers since, such as P. Diddy and Nelly, OutKast’s Big Boi, Missy Elliott and Nicki Minaj, have performed along with more artists from other genres.
The game where the Los Angeles Rams take on the Cincinnati Bengals kicks off at 6:30 p.m. EST Sunday at SoFi Stadium and will air on NBC and Telemundo, as well as streaming live on Peacock.
The halftime show also has a Pepsi Halftime app that fans can download and then log into for a more immersive experience, and a trailer teasing the halftime show, where Eminem and Kendrick Lamar will also perform, said been published.