The no-brainer. First, Drake can be considered the biggest artist on the planet. Rivaling the likes of Adele and Beyonce for that title, Champagne Papi is always relevant, keeps a single on the Hot 100 and has tunes like “Hotline Bling” in his repertoire that can make everyone who is in front of the TV during the game sing. An ambassador for the Toronto Raptors, commercials with T-Mobile and Sprite, and a host of other endorsements only confirms his worth.
The intersection of hustler and businessman. The rapper and the agent. Jay Z is hip-hop and will forever be. Hov also holds the ability to run through a plethora of classics that will prove he and the genre are timeless and influential. With a business acumen that has allowed him to flex deals to launch new music like his partnerships with Samsung, the big stage could be a place that Hov sets up for another album run.
Chance the Rapper
The meteoric rise of the second city’s first son, Chance the Rapper, has been well-documented. Chano has been on every stage imaginable and even made one for himself in a Chicago baseball stadium. Heralded with achievements ranging from topping year-end lists and corralling Grammy awards, there is currently no stopping the young MC. With a radiant live show that features dancing and live instruments, Chance is well fitting for the shot.
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Back in 2013, there was a report that Eminem rejected a spot to perform at the biggest game of the year. If true, that’s a bummer as it could have opened doors for more hip-hop artist to have the opportunity. When it comes to names that are large enough to take the stage during the Super Bowl not many in hip-hop can do it like Eminem. When Shady performs people show up in droves to experience it.
Also apart of that 2013 report is Yeezus. Who knows the reason he reportedly denied, but do you think he would deny the possibility of showcasing the Pablo stage show to the entire world? Not hardly. However, a Kanye appearance right now comes at a controversial time. Fresh off a hospital stint and even fresher in the minds of fans is he standing next to President Trump. Maybe 2017 wasn’t the year for Ye to be there but when the dust settles you can’t argue the resume he has for that stage.
No matter how you feel about her recent output of lyrics, there is no questioning the star power of Nicki Minaj. The Young Money queen can bring a diverse catalog to the stage as she brings in her hip-hop sound and can dabble her vocals into a pop display. Versatile in her delivery and followed by millions of Barbz, there is only one woman in hip-hop right now who can hold down the genre and it’s Ms. Minaj.
Ok, I hear you. DJ Khaled is not a rapper. But one thing he is for sure is hip-hop and name five names hotter than him in the genre right now? Exactly. Khaled is on everything and he has hits that are known far and wide. From “All I Do is Win” to “For Free” the possibilities of who Khaled can bring with him to the stage are endless and a DJ set from him can bring all your favorite acts in at one time.
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