Twenty-twenty-two goes down as freshman hip hop headlined the Super Bowl. Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Mary J Blige, Eminem and Kendrick Lamar closed the stage at halftime each performing their classic hits. Dr. Dre even had an unexpected guest, 50 Cent, on stage performing his 2003 banger “In da Club.” The unforgettable show earned them an Emmy in the “Outstanding Live Variety Special” category.
During a recent appearance on Apple Music with Ebro Darden, Nadeska Alexis and Lowkey, Dr. Dre revisited his award-winning performance from the Super Bowl LVI Halftime Show.
River Ebro: What knowledge should fans know about preparing for this halftime performance?
Dr.Dre: The editing process made me extremely nervous. I don’t know if I’ve ever been this nervous before. I don’t know if I’ve ever looked forward to a Monday morning (laughs). We had a great time, but there are a lot of people you have to rely on. You talk about 3,000 people you have to rely on for a 13-minute show. It’s extreme pressure. But when it’s finally done, it gives goosebumps.
Nadeska: How far in advance did you and the team start preparing for the show?
Dr Dre: It was about 8 weeks, don’t quote me. But there wasn’t much time to put that together. My friend Dave Free was a big asset. He was the one who hit me and said “Yo Dre, this can’t look like a normal show, this has to look like a play”. So he kept my wheels turning and was the motivating factor in getting us to build the scene as it was.
Nadeska: If Rihanna asked you for advice, what would you say?
Dr.Dre: Put the right people around you and have fun. She might want to look at some of the people we used on our show (Fatima Robinson, Adam Blackstone). They also made the job easy and fun.