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and the NFL remembers that rap is part of American heritage

The National American Football League (NFL) hosted a Super Bowl halftime show this year featuring the big names in hip-hop. Finally!, exclaims the Los Angeles Times.

As is tradition, the stadium which hosted the season finale of NFL (National Football League, the American football league) turned into a concert venue at halftime. On the lawn of Inglewood, near Los Angeles, hip-hop has, this Sunday, “efinally invited to the Super Bowl when Dr. Dre led a cast of his closest aides in a celebratory, funky show that really shook under the hood,” applaud the Los Angeles Times.

“Alongside Snoop Dogg, Mary J. Blige, Eminem and Kendrick Lamar [Dr. Dre a mené] a 14-minute show featuring some of the biggest rap hits of the past 30 years. 50 Cent, who had not been announced on the program, also made an appearance. The meeting was held at SoFi Stadium, “near the neighborhood where rapper and producer Dr Dre grew up, in Compton.”

That rap is celebrated so directly and in such proportions was not obvious “for a NFL renowned for its conservatism”, highlights the daily. But it’s good “a proud celebration of L.A. African-American” attended by spectators, in the middle of a game that saw the Rams triumph, who played at home against the Cincinnati Bengals (23 to 20).

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Some adjustments

Of course, the newspaper reports again, the NFL closely scrutinizes what unfolds during the halftime show. Thus, certain protest texts have been lightened of their direct references to police violence, such as Alright “the unofficial anthem of the Black Lives Matter movement” signed Kendrick Lamar. Nevertheless, the latter’s performance was “understated and electrifying”, judge the daily. For his part, Dr Dre – co-creator of the classic Fuck Tha Police – nevertheless retained in his interpretation of Still D.R.E reply “still not loving the police”. At the end of his own streak, Eminem for his part took a knee, an allusion to the gesture of quarterback Colin Kaepernick in 2016, who protested against racism and police violence.

the Los Angeles Times recalls that this show was the third in the history of the SuperBowl (after the Shakira-Jennifer Lopez duo in 2020 and the Weeknd in 2021) to be organized with the agency founded by Jay-Z, Roc Nation Sports International. And to conclude: “After long years during which the NFL seemed to claim that hip-hop was not part of America’s musical heritage, one couldn’t help but shudder to see these artists getting the attention they deserve, so close to home”.

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The West Coast Giant. Created in 1881, it is the most left-wing of the country’s large-circulation daily newspapers and the leading specialist in social issues and the entertainment industry. It was not until the 1940s that it became the

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