What the last 18 years have shown us is that Snoop Dogg is one of the most enduring artists in Hip-Hop. Through 10 solo albums, hes maintained a crossover appeal even when not straying too far from his G-Funk roots. That trait has allowed him to transcend the regional confinements that hold back many talented West Coast emcees, but still remain an ambassador for the area. For the first time in several years, Snoop made a rare stop in Atlanta last night (February 10) courtesy of Rival Entertainment, bringing down the house as part of his Malice N Wonderland tour.
Despite it being a Wednesday evening, the crowds energy was electric the entire night. It was hard not to be, as Snoop wisely revolved his set around his classic work. A bombastic operatic intro preceded him before music he hit the stage and immediately launched into Tha Next Episode. Dressed in all blue, creased jeans, and a style-out jeweled incrusted mic, Snoop was all business with Tha Dogg Pound and Soopafly joining him once the bass hit for Tha Shiznit.
Even though the beef with Luke has long been squashed, the Doggfather had no qualms about reciting the original lyrics which harshly ridiculed Death Rows early Miami rival.
(Im fin to fuck a bitch, what's her name it's Luke/You tried to see me, on the TV, yous a B.G./D-O-double-G, yes I'm a O.G./You can't see my homey Dr. Dre/So what the fuck a nigga like you gotta say?/Gotta take a trip to the MIA And serve your ass with a motherfuckin AK )
There were many critics at the time of Snoops defection to No Limit, but the Long Beach natives brief foray down South did yield some good music. C-Murder's Down 4 Niggas is the quintessential club-clearing record. In this case it was a perfect beatdown theme, resulting in a fan (deserving or not) getting stomped out right as the song began. This was a seasoned Hip-Hop crowd composed of dozens of ethnic groups and ages ranging from 18 to the mid 60s, so the stomp out was viewed as an opportunity to bop closer to the front.
When legends perform, one of the best experiences is realizing just how many hits and memorable Hip-Hop tracks they have. Kurupt chimed in his verses from Lets Get High and We Can Freak It before Atlanta was treated to a slew of consecutive classics in Deep Cover, Nuthin But a G Thang, and Bitch Please.
Its common knowledge that Snoop is well-versed in the history of Funk and Soul music. He gave an easy pop quiz on the lyrics to Marvin Gayes Sexual Healing, and acknowledged Cameo frontman Larry Blackmons appearance. This was all a sedway into his own crooning track for the ladies in Sexual Seduction, and his verse on Akons I Wanna Fuck You.
Say what you will about Snoops role in the shameful 90s East-West beef (Source Awards Incident, New York, New York video), but you can never accuse him of not knowing the East Coast roots of Hip-Hop, and honoring the pioneers. In fact, Snoop probably knows more than many of East Coast peers, as seen in the fact hes consistently sampled or covered those seminal tracks throughout his career (Grandmaster Flashs New York, New York, KRS-Ones Loves Gonna Get Cha, Slick Ricks La Di Da Di). For this show, he acknowledged House of Pain for Jump Around before smoothing out the show with the Laid Back-sampling Drop It Like Its Hot.
The night ended with Snoop Dogg giving a heartfelt appreciation to all his fans for the years of support before performing his latest single, I Wanna Rock.
Throughout all the beef, label drama, and trend changes, Snoop Dogg has continued to thrive in the unpredictable machine that is the music industry. Dont be surprised if 30 years from now, hes still rocking the stage like many of the Funk and Soul legends that inspired him.
Snoop Dogg-"Jump Around" "Drop It Like It's Hot"
Snoop Dogg- "4 My Niggas"
Snoop Dogg and Tha Dogg Pound-"Ain't No Fun"