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Super Bowl LVI Halftime Show 🎤

Updated: Jun 29, 2022

Written by: Abbie Alonzo

The Super Bowl LVI halftime show was a breathtaking ode to 90’s hip-hop & rap. The performances given by the artists who shaped these genres were powerful and left us starstruck! Let’s take a look at 2022’s star-studded Super Bowl brought to us by the one and only Dr. Dre. 🏆

The stage was set up like a house, with each performer having his/her own “room.” We at With the Band believe the overall “house” was symbolic of Dr. Dre and each of the rooms represented these artists whose careers Dre played a big part in. The artists moved around throughout the house during the duration of the legendary production. The medley of songs performed were nearly all produced or co-written by the force behind 90’s rap & hip-hop, Dr. Dre. The show opened with him sitting at a mixing board, shortly after joined by Snoop Dogg in a performance of “The One and Only.” Dre and Snoop have had a close relationship for over 30 years, with the two first working together on Dre’s debut album The Chronic in 1992. Snoop says Dre took a chance on him and knew he was a diamond in the rough from the beginning. 💎

The One and Only” transitioned into “California Love” by Tupac Shakur, which Dre produced. Tupac is still considered one of the greatest of all time, and Dre played a huge part in his career as well! Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg performed this on the roof of one of the rooms, before the camera pans down and shows an upside-down 50 Cent hanging from the ceiling. This unique performance was a recreation of his 2009 video for, “In Da Club.” A lively dance number supported the show, rendering it quite the production! Dr. Dre worked with 50 Cent to produce his 2003 major-label debut, Get Rich or Die Trying. This work would later go on to be the best-selling album of 2003. 💿

Attention then shifted back to the roof of the house where queen Mary J. Blige began singing her 2001 hit, “Family Affair.” Blige was rocking a white one-piece with beautiful, silver detailing and matching boots that left us OBSESSED! Though she made a name for herself in the 90s, hitmaker Dr. Dre helped her elevate her career to the next level when he produced “Family Affair,” which has now been dubbed one of her signature songs. “The Queen of Hip-Hop Soul” switched gears and gave us a stellar showing of “No More Drama” that commanded the attention of the entire stadium! Ms. Blige, you dropped this. 👑