Super Bowl XLV lived up to the hype. It was a tense, close game; Aaron Rodgers emerged as the NFL’s latest rocket-armed golden boy; and the Black Eyed Peas made me long for the days of counter-programming during halftime. (Remember that In Living Color halftime special?)
I don’t dislike the Black Eyed Peas. I think will.i.am is a talented guy—he freestyles, break dances and produces—who possesses an incredible mind for the record business. Transforming the Black Eyed Peas from disregarded conscious rap trio into global pop juggernauts was one of the savviest career moves of all time. Still, it doesn’t mean I have to like their music.
Ever since Justin Timberlake exposed Janet Jackson’s nipple at Super Bowl XXVIII, the NFL has been hyper-sensitive about who performs at the halftime show. (The Rolling Stones were censored at Super Bowl XL, for Pete’s sake. What year is this? 1966?) They’ve since trotted out Prince, a succession of older rock acts—Paul McCartney, Tom Petty, The Who, Bruce Springsteen and The Stones—and now the Black Eyed Peas.
The February 2014 Super Bowl will be played at New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Whoever produces the halftime show should tap Jay-Z to perform. No matter how many billionaires Jay-Z befriends, it will probably never happen. But if so, what should his set list look like? Keep in mind, the halftime show runs approximately 15 minutes and typically features an artists greatest (and cleanest) hits. Here are my guesses:
“Show Me What You Got” [1st verse only]
“Hard Knock Life” [Chorus only]
“Dirt off Your Shoulder” [Chorus only]
“Umbrella” featuring Rihanna [Jay-Z verse, Rihanna’s 1st verse and chorus]
“Run This Town” [1st verse only]
“Empire State of Mind” featuring Alicia Keys
“Encore” [1st verse only]
“Crazy in Love” featuring Beyonce
What do you think? Will Jay-Z ever perform at the Super Bowl halftime show? If so, what do you want to hear? I would love a set list comprised of “Where I’m From,” “Ha (remix),” “99 Problems” “It’s Murda” featuring Ja Rule and DMX and “U Don’t Know” but we have to keep it clean. Please share in the comments. — Thomas Golianopoulos, @golianopoulos on Twitter.