How does someone like Snoop Dogg put together a live show? Snoop Dogg has been mixing it up since the start of his career in ’92. We have Snoop Doggy Dogg (my personal favorite iteration), Snoop Lion, Snoop Rock, and the classic Snoop D to the O to the double-G Dogg. The man has countless hits—do y’all even remember he featured on “California Girls?” How does a guy like this, with so many hits over the past few decades, put together an hour long headlining gig?
With some damn finesse, is how. Snoop Dogg compiled one of the best set lists my ears have ever had the pleasure of hearing. We got everything, and I mean everything a Snoop fan could ask for. “Who Am I?,” “You and Your Friends,” “Drop It Like It’s Hot,” “Beautiful,” and “California Girls” were just a few of the hits Snoop performed. One of my childhood dreams was realized when I got to hear “Gin and Juice” live, and I’ve now heard two of three performers do “Young, Wild & Free.” Bruno Mars, you’re next.
It’s kind of crazy to think of the influence Snoop has had on today’s pop culture, and this show was tailor-made to remind the crowd of that. There were a few songs that only a serious Snoop fan would know, but pretty much anyone who’s been near a radio or television in the last 24 years would be able to follow along with Snoop and find something recognizable.
Even if you’ve avoided Snoop Dogg your whole life because you suck, he did plenty of covers. Three tributes in a row went to Eazy-E, the Notorious B.I.G., and Tupac. Snoop sang along with the crowd, creating a fun yet somber moment of appreciation for the great talents we’ve lost since rap hit mainstream.
He also took a moment to talk about the gun violence plaguing America over the past weeks (months, years, decades…however you wanna look at it). It was beautiful, and I could tell Snoop was genuinely disturbed by what he had seen on the news lately.
Many people point to rap music as a glorification of violence (especially gun violence) that encourages youths to participate, but seeing Snoop Dogg stand in front of a large crowd and publicly speak out against America’s gun problem was a testament to the opposite. Rap wasn’t made to glorify gun violence. It was made to share the stories of those who live in communities most affected by gun violence and help uplift them. Snoop has always excelled in making people feel good.
Larger political points aside, Snoop Dogg had an amazing stage presence. He’s not particularly high energy (was anyone expecting that?), but he is so much fun. He’d stop randomly to do a little jig, or would ask the crowd to sing large portions of a song for him and sit back and enjoy. You can tell he’s been doing this for 20 years.
Snoop also played some reggae, and in a nice little turn, Joan Jett’s “I Love Rock n’ Roll.” We also got some tracks from his new release COOLAID, which sounds a lot like the classic Snoop Dogg. It was all very loose and so much fun. Long live Snoop.