Before the highest scoring All-Star Game in NBA history, Pharrell opened up the spectacle with a medley performance introducing the NBA All-Stars. He ran through his vast catalogue of hit singles, starting with “Frontin”, and bringing out famous friends and collaborators along the way.
Nelly joined Pharrell for “Hot In Herre”, Busta Rhymes & Diddy together for “Pass The Courvoisier Pt. II”, Snoop Dogg for “Beautiful”, and Chad Hugo for some N*E*R*D “Rock Star” (loved this one). The flow from song to song was especially on point throughout. I was impressed with the band, stage design and lighting as well, giving the performance a bigger feel. After all, it had to match the All-Stars standing on the same stage.
My personal favorite songs/performances: “Frontin'”, “Beautiful” with Snoop rapping very clearly, “Rock Star”, and “Happy” — a song that truly emits joy. Been listening to that Real T@lk rap remix all week! The lone beef I have: that Kyrie Irving’s great second half stole the MVP away from Pharrell’s Red Hat.