The Super Bowl has kicked, about to see what Maroon 5 has in store for us during the Super Bowl LIII halftime show. When the popular band was named as the headliner for massively watched concert, it left some people scratching their heads, as plenty of wildly successful musical acts have come out of the Atlanta area, including a large portion from the hip-hop genre.
There's a sensible reason for the NFL's choice -- for the halftime show, the NFL tends to play things pretty conservatively; it was considered a big departure when Missy Elliott took the stage in 2015 -- but Adam Levine of Maroon 5 says they'll be doing Atlanta justice. For starters, Travis Scott and half of Outkast (Big Boi) will be on stage.
"So Travis ... he is it right now. He is the one," Levine said, via Entertainment Tonight. "Like, this is a moment for him and we love what he does, obviously. We love what he represents ... this is the show that will have the biggest hip-hop presence that there has ever been on the show. I mean, I can't look back and find that to be the case before. He's it, he's the man right now and he comes in hot."
Travis Scott's presence has also sparked some other rumors. The internet has remixed Scott's hit "Sicko Mode" with SpongeBob's "Bubble Bowl," and
There are rumors of a bigger throwback, however. Although Adam Levine is being vague about it, he did suggest that we might get an Outkast reunion between Big Boi and Andre 3000.
"I cannot divulge the details on that level 'cause that will be spoiling it -- we don't want to do that -- but Big Boi is my dude," he said.
Hopefully, the least we can expect there is that Big Boi's owls make an appearance. He's been really into owls lately.
Big Boi also posted what may have been a tease on Thursday, hashtagging a photo of him and Andre 3000 with "tbt," or "Throwback Thursday."
It feels like sometimes the mystique around the halftime show outweighs the actual show, so hopefully Maroon 5 can live up to the hype. And while some big artists -- old and new -- are confirmed, it's the ones who aren't confirmed that will be generating the most talk if they appear.