Super Bowl Part Time Show, Recognition of the Importance of Black Culture

Julian Chambliss, lecturer in English at Michigan State University, discusses the impact of the 56th Super Bowl halftime show that took place in Los Angeles. Julian is of the view that while the Super Bowl halftime show reinforces hip-hop’s role in the American cultural narrative, it has become mainstream music globally.

He points out that hip-hop has always been a genre that focuses on black stories and talks about the cultural impact of the show, such as acknowledging the Black Lives Matter movement when Eminem knelt in solidarity as Colin Kaepernick did.

It says Super Bowl half-time it is a show that will be remembered for years to come.

Meanwhile, Mary J. Blige, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg at a press conference before the game judged the NFL (US National Football League) to be late in embracing hip-hop and determined that their show would open up more opportunities for the genre.

Snoop Dogg called it a “big moment” combining “the biggest sporting event in the world” with hip-hop, “the biggest music genre in the world.”

Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Blige and Lamar join the list of notable musicians who have performed on stage at the Super Bowl halftime show. They include Beyoncé, Madonna, Coldplay, Katy Perry, U2, Lady Gaga, Michael Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, Shakira and The Weeknd. [mg/ka]