Did the Super Bowl appearance by hip-hop artists take the genre to a whole new level as far as mainstream music?

Did the Super Bowl appearance by hip-hop artists take the genre to a whole new level as far as mainstream music? Did the Super Bowl appearance by hip-hop artists take the genre to a whole new level as far as mainstream music?

1 Expert Answer

Adam Diehl

Lecturer of English,  Augusta University

If the Super Bowl halftime show in 2022 did anything, it showed that rap and hip-hop are now as household friendly as rock, country and pop. Perhaps because so many best-selling rock acts had already played the halftime show, and perhaps because the pop acts of recent years had failed to maintain the public's attention, the 2022 halftime show featured one of hip-hop's founding fathers: Dr. Dre. His menagerie of artists' careers stretched over 30 years, and the time constraints of the show made hip-hop the ideal soundtrack. In a 13-minute set, six performers all got their moment in the California sun, and the mega-mix model so often used in clubs was perfect to segue from artist to artist.

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