The halftime show for the 56th Super Bowl game is chess, not checkers for Dr. Dre.
In a trailer released Thursday, the NWA rapper and producer puts his pieces on the board to convene his all-star team of artists, Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar, Eminem and friend from the East Coast, Mary J. Blige, for the half-time show airing Feb. 13. on NBC.
The nearly 4 minute long clip directed by F. Gary Gray and scored by Adam Blackstone shows each performer as they receive “The Call” from Dr. Dre.
Eminem is seen giant rapping with his alter ego Slim Shady. Snoop Dogg rides the streets of California in his custom hydraulic lowrider. Blige struts in a fabulous photoshoot, and Lamar writes rabid lyrics in an empty room. Each hip-hop figure stops what they are doing to answer the doctor’s call.
During stage transitions, the artist’s hit songs blend perfectly into a brew that becomes Tupac Shakur’s 1999 hit “California Love” as they approach Los Angeles’ SoFi Stadium – it will be the first Super Bowl in Los Angeles since 1993.
Half time show in Super Bowl 2022: Dr. Dre, Eminem, Snoop Dogg, Mary J. Blige and Kendrick Lamar to headline
“The opportunity to perform for the Super Bowl Halftime show and to do so in my own backyard will be one of the biggest tensions of my career,” said Dr. Dre, who grew up in Compton, in a statement when the headlines were first announced. It will be an “unforgettable cultural moment,” he added.
Dre emerged from the West Coast gangster rap scene alongside Eazy-E and Ice Cube to help form the NWA group, which made a major mark in hip-hop culture and the music industry with controversial lyrics in the late 1980s. . Dre is responsible for bringing rap stars like Snoop Dogg, Eminem, 50 Cent and Lamar forward. Dre also produced Blige’s No. 1 hit song “Family Affair”.
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