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Dr. Dre & Co.’s Super Bowl Halftime Show: 5 Takeaways – Billboard

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Hip-hop was certainly in the house on Sunday night (February 13) during Super Bowl 2022, when Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Mary J. Blige and Kendrick Lamar (with special guests 50 Cent and Anderson.Paak) celebrated LA’s hip-hop scene for a spectacular 15-minute tribute to the championship city following the LA Rams’ win over the Cincinnati Bengals.

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Beyoncé and Jay-Z with daughter Blue Ivy, Megan Thee Stallion, Ye (formerly known as Kanye West) with children North and Saint, Cardi B and Offset, Super Bowl Halftime Show Performer of the Year last The Weeknd and many others were on view at Los Angeles Sofi Stadium. And Billboard was also in the house – the Rams’ house, that is – to catch all the action from inside.

Here’s the scoop on what you missed on your TV screen.

It took them seven minutes to set up the halftime show – and seven minutes to take it down.

From the moment the second quarter ended, the rapid build-up to the epic halftime spectacle began. The buildings were rolled onto the land in half before coming together to replicate homes on one side and Compton city hotspots on the other, from the MLK monument outside City Hall in Compton at Tam’s Burgers. The production team slowly drove the three drivers low before parking them outside the miniature city structure in the middle of Inglewood’s SoFi stadium, while black tarps with yellow and blue illuminated artwork formed an aerial view of Compton. And they took the whole thing apart as quickly as they put it together – all in about seven minutes.

There is a staircase leading to the roof of the middle house from which the artists went up and down.

Unbeknownst to families and friends watching the show at home, there is a staircase behind the middle house that performers used to climb up and down from the roof. As 50 Cent went from hanging upside down to standing upright during his performance of “In Da Club” in the house, Dre and Snoop slowly descended the stairs after “California Love” and headed for houses on opposite sides.

50 Cent and Anderson .Paak weren’t really a surprise if you looked closely.

Kudos to those who paid close attention, but as Dre and Snoop performed their opening number “The Next Episode” above Eve After Dark, Compton’s historic hip-hop nightclub, its marquee held clues. key contexts. Under the banner “Compton’s Super Bowl LVI Presents”, the five names of the headliners were listed along with two guests, Fif and .Paak, which was quite visible from the jumbotron. So it shouldn’t have come as a total surprise when the legendary MC appeared upside down to perform “In Da Club” and when the epic drummer was part of the backing band for Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” show.

The lights waited for fans at their seats before simultaneously illuminating the stadium during the halftime show.

Those watching the game in SoFi finally understood the function of the halftime show straps waiting for us at our seats once the halftime show started. The lanyards synced up and helped light up the show, alternating between red, white and blue (which could be a nod to America or Pepsi) and later coordinating with the lights of the backup dancers from Slim Shady.

They use the blind spots of the cameras to prepare the next artists.

While everyone was in shock at 50 Cent’s ‘surprise’ performance, those watching live could tell Blige was next as she took the stage with ‘Family Affair’ produced by Dr. Dre because its dancers wearing silver sequins were already on the roofs of every building. Before he finished his set, brown boxes spelling out “Dre Day” formed a square directly behind the middle house, from which Lamar and his backup dancers would emerge once he started rapping “mAAd city” for his part. a spectacle. But while all eyes were on him for those watching at home, those watching the game could see the hooded figures begin to sit in large concentric circles on the outer perimeter of the show for Em’s lunge. Although we got a glimpse of who was next, that didn’t stop the anticipation from building.