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In what appeared to many fans as a statement of protest, rapper Eminem rode around 50 seconds into the end of his solo set at the Super Bowl halftime show.
It can be seen as an act of solidarity with Colin Kaepernick and the other players who knelt during the national anthem to protest racial injustice.
Eminem’s kneeling came during a star-studded lineup of hip-hop, R&B and Rap, who played their old school songs during a first-half show at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California.
It was a throwback to early West Coast rap songs.
met d. Dre and Snoop Dogg reprise their opening song for the 2000’s “The Next Episode” to kick off the show, followed by “California Love.” They stood atop an all-white group made up of a series of tall buildings.
In a surprise appearance, New York rapper 50 Cent appeared on stage – after being suspended from the ceiling – to perform his 2003 song “In da Club”, taking the show’s energy to the East Coast.
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Dominated Mary J. Blige light afterwards. Blige, who hails from the Bronx borough of New York City, sang “Family Affair” and “No More Drama.”
Compton native Kendrick Lamar blasted “mAAd City” and “Okay,” and brought it back to more modern South Los Angeles as he danced across a map supposedly of his hometown, with streets strewn across stage.
Then Detroit-born Eminem debuted his 2002 single “Lose Yourself.” Big-screen watchers may have spotted rapper Anderson Buck on the drums.
Dr. Dre concluded the show, beginning with the signature piano beats of “Still Dre,” joined by the rest of the group and Snoop taking center stage.
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