Super Bowl LVI: Puts the spotlight on the culture

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Ever since the infamous “Maroon 5” Atlanta Super Bowl incident in 2019 the NFL Media commission has partnered with Jay-Z’s Roc Nation company to lead, produce & consult media affairs. That has led to in this writer’s opinion more culturally appropriate talent line ups, such as last year’s artist showcase from the Weeknd, & 2020’s Miami line up with Shakira, J-Lo & more. 

That brings us to this years must anticipated line led by Dr. Dre including Snoop Dogg, Mary J. Blige, Eminem, & Kendrick Lamar. The lineup is more than just hip-hop and R&B icons, it boasts past collaborators of Dr Dre’s and talent central to LA’s music culture. It’s a full circle moment as stated by Snoop Dogg & Dre in the vid below. 

“The opportunity to perform at the Super Bowl Halftime show, and to do it in my own backyard, will be one of the biggest thrills of my career,” Dr. Dre said in a statement. “I’m grateful to JAY-Z, Roc Nation, the NFL, and Pepsi as well as Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Mary J. Blige and Kendrick Lamar for joining me in what will be an unforgettable cultural moment.” – Dr. Dre, NFL.COM

The show will be a great example of unity as well with different regions being represented by the lineup Detroit, NYC, & LA will be in the building. It’s going to be interesting to see how everything comes together creatively, Dre has stated it’ll be a good challenge to “wow” everyone watching. I’m hoping we get some mashups of favorites. It would be great to hear/see Em & Kendrick collaborate on stage. Mary J is a legend in her own right so only choosing one-two songs will be hard.

The past 3 years have shown that the NFL’s commitment to supporting the hip-hop culture authentically was genuine. The partnership with Jay-Z has been just that, a partnership where we’ve seen a good mix of talent & artist expression that wouldn’t have been possible without the conversation being had. Roc Nation has done a good job of using it’s roster of talent to create energy around the show & the funds benefit Social Justice initiatives led by Roc Nation as well. 

Who are you most excited about? This show will be one for the books. 

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