Friday Night: Snoop Dogg At House Of Blues
11:08 p.m.: Just walked in. Snoop just stepped onstage a second ago. This place is packed. The ticket lady said that there were already over 1,400 people inside, likely with a couple hundred more to follow soon. Should be fun.
11:10: Bam. He certainly didn't waste any time. Snoop's doing "Gin and Juice" right now, and everyone in the room is best friends. Some immediate observations about his highness:
1. He's wearing a remarkable yellow sweatshirt. There's nothing overtly special about it, but it still seems important. It's a little weird, but mostly it's just neat. Fuckin' Snoop: Making Unimportant Things Important Since 1993.
2. In addition to several members of the Dogg Pound, an old man is onstage as well. His job appears to be to dance like an old man and be ironically amazing. He's very good at both.
11:13: There's a guy walking around here with a bunch of tattoos on his neck and face. It looks especially weird because he is, at the moment, enjoying a cherry or strawberry flavored Blow-Pop. Do his neck and face tattoos make it not okay that he's sucking on a bright red lollipop - one thing is thuggish, the other is not - or do they make it extra okay? Probably the latter, we'd suspect. Guys with neck and face tattoos can do whatever the hell they please. Except get jobs. That's pretty much impossible.
11:15: Oh snap. He's doing C-Murder's "Down For My Niggas." Excellent. Incidentally, did you know that C-Murder was eventually found guilty of - you guessed it -murder. That's some foreshadowing like a motherfucker. He was probably really kicking himself during the trial for giving himself that name.
It's just a little difficult to argue that you aren't a murderer when you've given yourself that exact name. Were his name C-Jaywalker or C-Good Hugger, he likely would've gotten off. Your name's "C-Murder," you say? Oh yeah, you're going down for that one, champ.
11:21: Snoop's moved on to that track he did with R. Kelly. Whatever happened to Kells? Did he ever go to jail? Or did we all just pretend that we never saw that video? For the record, we're cool with it if everyone ignored it. We mean, the guy's pretty much a genius. Certain omissions have to be made when you're talking about the dude that made 12 Play, right?
11:25: Dre's "187." Snoop's live show is seamless. There are no off moments.