Snoop Dogg. Dr. Dre. Mary J. Blige. Kendrick Lamar. Oh and with a Super Bowl 56 halftime show also featuring Eminem, will people even notice the big game?
Although the collaboration between Jay-Z’s Roc Nation and the NFL hasn’t always garnered positive notes, the Super Bowl 2022 halftime show lineup release scored big with fans online. It’s the third super performance with Roc Nation and Pepsi’s partnership. The Weeknd played in 2021, following Shakira and Jennifer Lopez on the stage in 2020.
The quintet including Eminem will rock the Super Bowl stage on Feb. 13, 2022, at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Calif.
The group has more than 40 Grammy Awards among them and countless more accolades and nominations. In addition to their infinite stardom, Snoop, Dre and Kendrick Lamar all represent California. Mary J. Blige, the queen of everything, brings the East Coast and Detroit’s Eminem represents genius in lyricism.
The Detroit rapper keeps on making music, so his part in the Super Bowl show may feature newer tunes, but throwback feels like the more likely vibe.
Since the setlist will likely stay guarded, we thought we’d give some best guesses on what we may most likely hear from Marshall Mathers. (And who knows, maybe this will help your Super Bowl betting roster, too!)
No. 5: The Monster, featuring Rihanna
Album: The Marshall Mathers LP 2, 2013
Like the monster under Rihanna’s bed, this catchy tune has likely spent some time stuck in your head.
Said to represent mental health battles, especially while famous, the song won “Best Melodic Rap Performance” at the 2015 Grammys. The tune feels like a good song to rock out to while hyped up on football. Maybe Rihanna could come say hello, too.
No. 4: Forgot About Dre, featuring Eminem
Album: 2001 by Dr. Dre, 1999
With Eminem and Dr. Dre on the stage together, a snippet from one of their collaborations feels like a must-have. This one comes from Dre’s best-selling album “2001” and won “Rap Performance by a Duo or Group” at the 2001 Grammy Awards.
It re-introduced Dre to the scene with a not-so-subtle reminder of his super-sized influence in hip-hop. In other words, a diss track.
That’s a perfect choice to perform in-between halves of the biggest battle in the National Football League season.
No. 3: The Real Slim Shady
Album: The Marshall Mathers LP, 2000
One of the most recognizable anthems from Eminem and his wild alter-ego Slim Shady. People who don’t even listen to rap no doubt have heard “Will the real Slim Shady please stand up?”
Did the song attract any criticism for controversial lyrics such as:
“Y’all act like you never seen a white person before like Pam like Tommy just burst in the door/and started whooping her ass worse than before…”
… Well, of course. But we’ll leave censorship and bleeping to the Super Bowl halftime show operators. One of the song’s many awards includes a 2001 Grammy for “Best Rap Solo Performance”.
No. 2: Till I Collapse, featuring Nate Dogg
Album: The Eminem Show, 2002
Casual fans of Eminem or the genre may not be familiar with this song. The Recording Industry Association of America certified it as double-platinum for digital sales in 2012. Six years later, it hit five million digital sales in the U.S. to earn a quintuple-platinum certification.
Also featured in the boxing movie “Real Steel”, the overall message is simple: Don’t give up. Kind of like the New England Patriots when they played the Atlanta Falcons. Granted, people from Detroit probably shouldn’t talk smack about the Super Bowl, but you get the point. A great lyrical motivator that feels perfect for the setting.
It also features the dearly departed “King of Hooks” Nate Dogg, another California-bred artist. It’s also one of Em’s most-streamed songs on Spotify — netting more than one billion listens as of February 2021.
No. 1: Lose Yourself
Album: 8 Mile soundtrack, 2002
A“Rocky” of hip-hop theme songs. The Tom Brady of hits. Awards and accolades for this song stretch longer than a Lions fan’s wish list.
From hockey teams to UFC fighters, “Lose Yourself” has inspired as an entrance song, pregame prep, halftime inspiration and more across the world. It got released as the lead single from the “8 Mile” soundtrack, the autobiographical movie about Eminem’s Detroit upbringing and bumpy entrance in the city’s vastly talented hip-hop world.
With universal themes such as nerves in big moments and seizing opportunities, it feels specifically written for players competing in America’s biggest game.
Plus, like we said, it’s a winner. “Lose Yourself” won an Academy Award for Best Original Song, the first hip-hop song to do so, along with two Grammys for “Best Rap Song” and “Best Rap Solo Performance,” to name just a few.
It’s certified Diamond by the Recording Industry Association and has been downloaded more than a billion times in the United States. In November of 2002, it rose to No. 1 on the Billboard’s Hot 100 singles chart, where it lived for 12 weeks.
The Eminem anthem also has Super Bowl experience, as an instrumental version played in a $12.4-million-dollar “Imported From Detroit” ad for the Chrysler 200 in 2011.
But no matter what songs Eminem and friends decide to go with, one thing’s for sure: Technically, local folks can now say Detroit made it to the Big Show.
Sort of. Sigh.