It’s been 30 years since Dr. Dre first introduced Snoop to the world on “Deep Cover (187)” and the Super Bowl stage seemed like a hard-won victory. After all, Hip Hop didn’t always have a seat at the table, especially West Coast gangsta rap.
But the two pop culture icons made history at the SoFi Stadium on Sunday night (February 13) with Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, 50 Cent and Mary J. Blige all playing their part in the most Hip Hop-centric halftime show in National Football League history.
The NFL started to include musical performances in 1967, years before the word “Hip Hop” had even been coined. Over the last 35 years, legendary acts such as Ella Fitzgerald, Michael Jackson, The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Diana Ross, The Temptations, Janet Jackson and Prince have graced the stage. But, Super Bowl LVI (that’s 56 for anyone not up on their Roman numerals) proved to be Hip Hop through and through (with a tinge of R&B).
Naturally, Hip Hop came out in droves on social media to applaud Dr. Dre (who produced the show), Eminem, Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar, Mary J. Blige and surprise guest 50 Cent for their unwavering contributions to the culture.
Ice-T, for example, shared a clip of Dr. Dre sitting down at the white baby grand piano and playing the first few notes of 2Pac’s 1996 single “I Ain’t Mad At Cha” and wrote in the caption, “If you don’t understand how Great a moment this was for HipHop ask somebody. Unbelievable 12mins! I’m so proud of my homies. Y’all did the damn thing! RESPECT to all of you!”
Ice-T’s sentiments were echoed across the board. Not long after the Los Angeles Rams secured their 23-20 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals, Nas shared a photo of the six Hip Hop/R&B luminaries and wrote simply, “GREATNESS,” while Kanye West called it, “LEGENDARY.”
Busta Rhymes, Big Daddy Kane, J.J. Fad, Busta Rhymes, Russell Simmons, Xzibit, Royce Da 5’9 and Kurupt were just a handful of people showing respect to their peers. Check out some of the posts below.