It is still, Dre Day. After much anticipation for one of the most anticipated Super Bowl halftime performances ever. Dr. Dre at SoFi Stadium in front of his hometown crowd of Los Angeles, California. Helped both Hip-Hop and the Westcoast make history with the first ever mostly Hip-Hop centered halftime show. For the Pepsi Super Bowl LVI Halftime Show. That featured many Dre protégé’s and for the most part lived up to the hype.
From the elaborate all-white set that represented Dre’s hometown of Compton. To the, Eve After Dark, setup, that took it back to the beginning of his career and early days N.W.A. days and even before N.W.A. days with World Class Wreckin Cru’. That were among the many easter eggs on the set and throughout the performance. To Dre emerging from his white soundboard. Before opening with an epic rendition of his Snoop Dogg assisted hit, The Next Episode. To kickoff the epic nearly 14-minute set. That then saw Dre and his longtime collaborator and protégé, Snoop. Really get the mostly Westcoast based crowd into the perfomance even more. As they told the crowd, “West Coast make some noise!” Before going into their own powerful rendition of the late great 2Pac’s Westcoast anthem. That Dre both produced and was featured on, California Love. The surprise, not so surprise guest and also one-time Dre protégé, 50 Cent. Then emerged hanging upside down. As he recreated the video for his hit single, In Da Club. That he performed. The performance then cutting back to the upper part of the all-white set. With a very fly Mary J. Blige, alongside dancers got everyone fly with her Dre-produced hit, Family Affair. Then with the very amazing backing band really put on display. As MJB gave a very powerful rendition of her very powerful ballad, No More Drama. The excitement of the crowd growing even more. As yet another Dre protégé and homegrown L.A. emcee, Kendrick Lamar. Made his highly-anticipated return. As with an army of dancers. On the field that looked like a map of Compton. He gave a very powerful and amazing performance of his hit single and protest anthem, Alright.
The surprises didn’t stop there either. As yet another Dr. Dre protégé, Anderson .Paak, came out playing drums. For Eminem, who emerged up top. Performing the first few lyrics of the Dr. Dre and Eminem hit, Forgot About Dre. Before quickly going into his Oscars-winning hit anthem, Lose Yourself. With Em taking a knee at the end of his performance as an ode to Colin Kaepernick’s NFL protest. Dre then going to the piano to start playing a few notes of, I Ain’t Mad At Cha. As an ode to 2Pac. Then playing the first few notes of his hit single, Still D.R.E. Before he and Snoop segued into a very epic closing grand finale performance of, Still D.R,E. With Em, 50, Mary and Kendrick, even joining Dre and Snoop back on stage all together. For what will be remembered for years to come as one of the better halftime performances ever.