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Rihanna's Superbowl Performance Was A Huge Win For DJs Across The Globe

14 February 2023 | 10:37 am | Parry TritsiniotisEmma Whines

Soundcloud culture, DJ culture and one of the most underrated genres in the world made its way to the pinnacle of commercial music performances, the Superbowl halftime show.

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Music fans across the globe gushed over Rihanna's half time Super Bowl performance. 

She delivered 15 minutes of pure ecstasy joining some of the biggest names in the world including Katy Perry, The Weeknd, Shakira, and Jennifer Lopez. It was the first performance by the pop star in seven years.

Making a grand entrance on a floating disk in the middle of the field, Rihanna jumped straight into her hit Bitch Better Have My Money, and it felt like the music icon had never left.

The bad gal performed mashed-up hits of Where Have You Been, Only Girl (In The World), We Found Love, and Rude Boy, before embarking on her collaboration with Drake Work. She also jumped into Wild Thoughts and Pour It Up before tackling her Kanye West collaboration All Of The Lights. Finishing the show with Run This Town, Umbrella and Diamonds, it's safe to say Rihanna gave a dazzling performance that left us all wanting more. 

Many speculated that RiRi might drop an album after the show. Instead, she announced that she was pregnant with her second child, alleviating the already swirling rumours. 

The real highlight of the night and the star of the show was Rihanna performing a Baile Funk remix of her smash hit Rude Boy which was created by Klean. 

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The producer behind the remix is a 20 year old music producer from Brazil, who has become famous for his dance worthy percussion sections and Latin and Caribbean infused rhythms while also mastering Baile Funk. 

The performance of the remix is another gorgeous nod to the underground dance sounds of the world that spawn freely on Soundcloud as producers express their creativity for the sole purpose of artistry and for DJs to play the tracks out in clubs. That communal culture, edit culture, which is by no means underground anymore has reached one of the highest point of commercial music, the Superbowl half time show.

Legendary DJ Jyoty summed up the moment perfectly on her TikTok saying, "When this happens, the mainstream recognising the non-mainstream it's just a beautiful moment and it made me jump off my chair because it's well deserved."