Posted on January 27, 2010

Super Bowl Halftime Needs Hip-Hop

Scoop Jackson, ESPN, January 26, 2010


When is a hip-hop group going to get a shot at performing a Super Bowl halftime show?

Ever since the infamous “wardrobe malfunction,” the NFL has been more conservative than Ann Coulter in selecting who’s going to entertain us between the halves. At this point it seems to be getting personal.


I’m talking about an act that would cause the same reaction people had when Three 6 Mafia won the Academy Award for best song. But until that tupocalyptic day arrives, here are some acts that the Super Bowl halftime selection committee should take into strong consideration . . . sorta, really.

* The Ying Yang Twins: They can open up with an all-out ATL collabo (featuring Lil Jon, of course) version of “Salt Shaker,” followed by a 10-minute version of “The Whisper Song” (with David Banner making a guest appearance) and then finish the set with a remix of the anthem “Halftime (Stand Up and Get Crunk).”


* DJ Khaled: All he has to do is use his Def Jam South president status and bring any of the artists that he gets on his mix tapes (Akon, Usher, Rick Ross, T-Pain, Young Jeezy, Plies, Lil Wayne, et al) and do one song: “I’m So Hood.” SB halftimes will never be the same.

* Run-DMC, Whodini, A Tribe Called Quest, EPMD, Salt-N-Pepa, De La Soul and Doug E. Fresh with Slick Rick: Hey, if Tom Petty got a shot then this should be no problem. The old school needs love, too.


o Del Tha Funkee Homosapien: Because nothing gets a crowd more wild than hearing “Mistadobalina.”


* OutKast: In this order: “B.O.B.,” “Da Art of Storytellin’ (Part 1),” “Ms. Jackson,” “So Fresh, So Clean,” “The Way You Move,” “Elevators (Me & You),” and end with “Hey Ya!” Done.

* Jay-Z: Has the catalog, has the cachet, has the name, has the wife, has the connects, has the swag, has the résumé. If Hov doesn’t eventually get the gig, then no one ever will.