50 Cent’s halftime show surprise appearance delighted many hip-hop fans. However, his performance has since generated a lot of reactions.
The Super Bowl halftime show has experienced many changes over the years. What started as an avenue for college marching bands has become a star-studded concert.
After the abysmal halftime show of the 1992 edition, CBS knew they had to change their game plan. Twenty-two million people changed the channel from CBS to watch a special live episode of “In Living Colour” on Fox.
CBS got the memo, and in 1993 they coaxed Michael Jackson into performing at halftime. The king of pop’s rendition gave the Super Bowl its first-ever halftime increase in ratings.
Jackson’s performance got higher ratings than the game itself. However, his performance kick-started the evolution of Super Bowl halftime performances.
Since then, countless superstar musicians have taken the Super Bowl stage at halftime to entertain the audience. Some legendary artists who have performed at the Super Bowl halftime show include Diana Ross, Missy Elliott, Janet Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Usher, and Paul McCartney.
The Super Bowl LVI Halftime Show
The 2022 edition of the Super Bowl halftime show will go down as one of the most star-studded performances in its history. It featured a superstar lineup of Dr Dre, Snoop Dogg, Mary J. Blige, Kendrick Lamar, and Eminem, who all took the stage to perform some of their hit songs.
As if that wasn’t enough, the audience got another surprise when 50 Cent also appeared on stage to perform his famous hit “In Da Club.” In recent years, in correspondence with most Super Bowl halftime performances, the audience seemed to be having fun.
The performance from these music stars generated a lot of reactions online, and we’ll be taking a look at some of them below.
The Super Bowl LVI Show Was Amazing
One of the things the show organisers got right was the set. Dr Dre and Snoop Dogg kicked off the performance standing on top of a sizeable all-white structure.
Then as the other artists started appearing, other stages began appearing, and everything eventually morphed into a house. Next, each artist was separated into different rooms, giving the performance a party-like vibe.
However, one of the downsides of having a studded lineup at the Super Bowl Halftime Show is that they have a short time to perform. Unlike concerts, Halftime Shows are very short, and with multiple artists performing, the show was a bit rushed.
50 Cent’s Upside Down Stunt is Still Iconic
With every star at the halftime show performance bringing their A games, 50 Cent particularly stood out. The rapper who renditioned his hit song “In Da Club” hung upside at the start of his performance. However, as most beloved hip-hop fans know, this isn’t the first time the rapper would pull this off.
In 2003, when the rapper released his debut album “Get Rich or Die Tryin,” his name was on the lips of everyone. The album that Eminem and Dr Dre co-produced made 50 Cent a household hip-hop name.
The album featured many hit songs, including “In Da Club,” which he performed at Super Bowl LVI. In the music video, 50 Cent appeared in a laboratory called the “Shady/Aftermath Development Center,” where rap scientists were preparing him to take over the world.
50 Cent then presents himself by hanging upside down from a gym roof and executing his lines. The rapper just recreated this iconic pose at his recent SuperBowl performance.
50 Cent’s Performance Generated A Lot Of Memes Online
50 Cent’s surprise appearance at the Super Bowl LVI Halftime Show was one of the event’s major highlights. The rapper hung upside down in a makeshift studio to perform his hit song “In Da Club.”
The song, released in 2003, brought the audience on a trip down memory lane. However, what garnered the most attention was his entrance which generated a lot of memes online. In a jestful manner, fans questioned how the rapper was feeling hanging upside down and looking like “The Amazing Spider-Man.”
However, 50 Cent, who also spends some of his time trolling, took the memes and reactions in good spirit. He even shared a couple of them on his Instagram. Also, some users compared 50 Cent’s Spiderman move to his lazy people trying to reach for their charger while still in bed.
50 Cent Got Teased About His Weight
After his performance at the Super Bowl, 50 Cent was mocked by some fans online for his apparent weight gain. Despite his fantastic performance, some people used the opportunity to make fat jokes about the hip-hop mogul.
However, the rapper didn’t look too affected by body-shaming comments aimed at him. Instead, 50 Cent also used the chance to reply to critics who think he’s concerned about the jokes. He wrote:
“I call this teasing me. They’re just teasing me because they know I can drop the weight. That’s why I laugh with them. Fat-shaming only applies when you’re ashamed of your fat. LOL.”
50 Cent also used the engagements as a marketing opportunity. The rapper subsequently advertised a line of G-Unit tank tops and headband costumes he wore during his performance.