ProFootballTalk: The Super Bowl is looming, which means that the announcement of a musical act for halftime of the game is coming. TheSource.com reports that Jay Z has declined an opportunity to do the honors during intermission. Last year, Adele reportedly rejected the gig before Lady Gaga agreed to do it. The NFL did not directly dispute the report that Jay Z passed on the gig. “No decisions have been made on the performer(s) and we are not going to speculate on particular artists,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told PFT by email. …
I’ve always been curious as to how artists feel about the Super Bowl performance. Evidently it’s not a big enough draw for everyone because we’ve seen Adele turn it down last year, and now (allegedly) Jay-Z. In this case, the reports are unsubstantiated, but irregardless to the story’s validity, Hov doesn’t want to be a part of the action in Minnesota in February. As a Jay Z fan, this news is disappointing, but I can’t say I’m surprised. The Illuminati probably caught wind of the rumors and promptly nixed them. Granted everyone watches the Super Bowl, but I don’t see Jay Z bringing in new fans with a Super Bowl performance. I’m no music industry expert, especially with hip hop, but I feel like people either like or don’t like Jay Z, and a 10 minute show on the biggest stage won’t necessarily turn anyone. Maybe I’m wrong, I don’t know. Like I said, I’d love to see Jigga burn it down at halftime. I’d be on my feet shoving people of all ages out of the way at the Super Bowl party to get a front row seat and throw my Roc hands up to the sky.
I’ll repeat this every single year until it actually happens: Justin Bieber would be the ideal halftime performer. The Biebs puts asses in the seats. There’s no such thing as too big when it comes to football’s pinnacle, and JB has mass appeal no matter what anyone says. Guys, chicks, kids, adults. I’ve seen Bieber in person and I can vouch that he’s a phenomenal showman and one helluva performer. The only slight would be that he skews towards a younger demo and the Super Bowl leans older. At the end of the day, the Super Bowl performer is pretty good, and if it’s not gonna be Jay-Z, I’m sure the honor will go to someone very deserving.
And if Jay Z were to have a change of heart, I’ve assembled a set list for him:
- Holy Grail – Intro only. Justin Timberlake’s voice will get all eyes on the screen.
- Encore – Everyone recognizes the melody and lyrics, and an homage to Chester Bennington will play well with the audience
- Ni**as In Paris – One of the hottest beats of all time. Hype machine. Perfect for the middle of a performance.
- Run This Town – FEEL IT COMING IN THE AIRRRR! That intro beat will get the entire country out of their seats.
- Crazy in Love – Bring out Beyonce for the finale, and the rest is history. Give the people what they want.
As much as I love D.O.A., it’s not catchy enough for the non Jay-Z crowd. While it’s probably his best song period, I’d omit it from this set list. Also, Empire State of Mind is probably Jay’s most widely known song. If he can figure out a way to make it a Minnesota Remix, then it needs to be performed. Tough task though, may be best left off the docket.
Honorable, honorable mention:
Hard Knock Life is one of my personal favorite’s, and based on where it comes from, it plays for almost every crowd; just think about it, Sean. Same with Lucifer, very few songs pump me up like this one. 99 Problems, as good as it is, probably won’t sit well with much of the viewership. The NFL has been infected with domestic abuse issues, and so in my opinion the lyrics would be problematic. It’s a short performance with limited space for a finite number of songs, but if the team can figure out a way to squeeze in a few more jams, may I recommend three more? Heart of the City because it has that singalong aspect. Izzo because “H to the izz O, V to the izz A” is one of the most well constructed lines I’ve ever heard. And finally, Jigga What, Jigga Who for obvious reasons.