Snoop Dogg has gone through many phases and transformations throughout his illustrious 23-year career as a rapper and performer. Whether it was being a hardcore gangster rapper, a flawless pimp, or a peaceful Rastafarian, Snoop has always found a way to make himself appealing to audiences all over the world.
What makes Snoop so unique is the different images of himself that he is able to portray on certain people. As for me I will always think of him as the hardcore west coast gangster rapper from the 90’s who became famous through his time spent on Suge Knight’s infamous Death Row Records. Some people on the other hand may think of him as the pop culture icon that has performed alongside the likes of Katy Perry, The Pussycat Dolls, and Pharrell Williams. Needless to say Snoop hit all of these images with his performance at the Bunbury Music Festival in Cincinnati, Ohio on Sunday night.
Many in attendance were probably expecting Snoop to perform many songs off his latest album BUSH, but Snoop decided to stick to the classics. As the sounds of 2pac’s California Love blasted through the air the crowd roared in excitement as Snoop made his appearance on stage. As a life-long fan I was also excited to see that he was joined by long time friends Daz Dillinger on the turntables, Kurupt as his hype man, and who I believe was Warren G on the keyboards. The only piece missing in this picture was the legendary Nate Dogg (R.I.P).
Snoop performed many of his classic 90’s hits to start off such as “Gin & Juice”, “Aint No Fun”, and “What’s My Name?” while also delving into his features on classic Dr. Dre songs such as “Nuthin But A “G” Thang”, “The Next Episode”, and “Still D.R.E.”.
Snoop then went on to perform many of his guest appearances on songs such as “California Girls” by Katy Perry, “I Wanna Love You” by Akon, and “You and Your Friends” by Wiz Khalifa.
Snoop then played to the older generation of fans by performing “I Love Rock n’ Roll” by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, I personally found this to be unusual coming from Snoop but the crowd seemed to love it. The Doggfather then got everyone jumping as he performed House of Pain’s “Jump Around” only to be followed by his 2005 hit “Drop It Like Its Hot”.
Snoop then moved into the tribute part of his show as he performed “Hypnotized” by the Notorious B.I.G. and “2 of Amerika’s Most Wanted” by Tupac Shakur and himself.
Snoop then brought a close to the show by sharing a “positive message” to everyone in the crowd, “SMOKE WEED EVERYDAY!” The show was then closed by Snoop singing the chorus of “Young, Wild, & Free” until the crowd started singing it themselves.
Overall I thought Snoop was very entertaining and he always kept the crowd hyped. There were several songs that I had hoped he would play such as “Beautiful” and “Sensual Seduction”, but when you have so many to choose from it is probably necessary to stick with what you know the crowd will like. My only other criticism of his performance was that he did not perform any songs off his latest album BUSH. I was really looking forward to hearing the Pharrell produced jams being played by a live band, but I believe Snoop took the notion that many people would not know those songs as to where they just came out.