In the last few years, the Super Bowl halftime show has embraced hip-hop and R&B artists more than ever. Rihanna’s performance on Sunday (Feb. 12) was just the latest portion of this trend. 2022 saw an incredible West Coast hip-hop tribute with Dr. Dre and friends. 2020 saw a spectacular solo performance by The Weeknd. 2019 saw Travis Scott and Big Boi of Outkast join Maroon 5 on stage. All of these dynamic artists on the big screen have shown the world how great these genres are.
These continuously marvelous performances have made fans consider what other rappers or singers they would want to see at the big game. Additionally, they have also made people ponder who else could have been added to these performances. For example, Jay-Z and Roc Nation helped Rihanna prepare for her performance, though Hov did not get brought out to perform. Along with Jay-Z, some fans also wished Kanye West could have joined Rih on stage. Rihanna performed songs that both Jay-Z and Ye were part of. These included “All of the Lights,” “Run This Town” and “Umbrella.” Regardless, she still did an impeccable job.
Timbaland Campaigns For Ye
Of these people hoping to see Ye at the Bowl was his longtime friend and collaborator Timbaland. Timbaland has helped produce Ye hits like “Good Life” and “Stronger,” as well as many of JESUS IS KING‘s songs. This is likely why he wants to see Ye have his own set at the Super Bowl someday. In a recent Instagram video, he explains his reasoning. “Yo I was thinking, if Kanye was to do the Super Bowl, that almost would be like watching Motown 25,” he said. “Cause that boy is serious. Don’t you ever forget it.” Additionally, Timbaland captioned his video with: “Dat boy ye doing the Super Bowl. They wouldn’t be ready.”
It would probably not be very likely that Ye would do a Super Bowl anytime soon. Unfortunately for Timbaland, his recent comments regarding the Jewish community would probably keep him from this stage. But, that does not mean that his impact is still not being felt. Some fans noticed that Rihanna’s outfit for her performance heavily resembled Kanye’s from one of the Donda listening parties. So, while Ye likely won’t hit the Super Bowl stage soon, his songs and aura are still felt.