Snoop Dogg at House of Blues, 2/13/2014

Photos by Jim Bricker
"So what we get drunk?
So what we smoke weed?
We're just having fun,
We don't care who sees.
So what we go out?
That's how it's supposed to be...
Living young and wild and free!"

Snoop Dogg
House of Blues
February 13, 2014

Whether the poster says Doggy Dogg, Dogg, or Lion, the one named Snoop has been making his fans c-walk for more than 20 years now. With an attitude that exudes a careful balance between menacing gangsta and smoked-out class clown, Snoop is a natural superstar, likable, energetic and supremely talented.

His honesty and charisma elevates him into OG status, able to mix and mingle with a wide spectrum of music fans. Even with the multiple reincarnations between gangbanger, pimp, reality TV star and Rastafarian, the Snoop we love never changes.

As we walked into a surprisingly smoke-free House of Blues Thursday night, the sold-out show was packed wall to wall. DJ Ill-Set kept the massive crowd entertained as she opened up the show with a medley of classic H-Town bangers, everythng from Lil Keke, DJ Screw and Fat Pat to UGK.

But soon it was time for the West Coast Sound take over. DJ Daz Dillinger of Tha Dogg Pound took control of the turntables and released a fury of gangsta rap, from Ice Cube to Tupac, Dr Dre and more. The mood of the crowd shifted to one of excited anticipation, and once the DJ led countdown ended, a tall, slim, and eternally cool shadow of a rapper crept onto the stage.

Dressed in red and black quilted leather sweater, gold shades, and his braids pulled back, Snoop enticed the crowd to "make some muthafuckin noise!" and say "ho! ho!" as they waved their hands in the air, as if they didn't care. This show was very much a bare-bones set. No dancers, no pyrotechnics, no dude in the Nasty Dogg costume roaming the stage. Just a man with a mike and a whole lot to say.

In fact, this felt much more like a house party than a major venue gig. And as much as we love his festival sets or arena shows, Snoop playing to an intimate venue is the best way to experience him. The way he corresponds with the crowd ("I see you, baby!") and totally takes control of the room is unrivaled.

His music catalogue is lengthy and diverse, from G-funk to pop, hardcore gangsta to smooth R&B. True Snoop fans in the audience were treated to a couple of cuts by 213, his collaboration with Warren G and the late, great Nate Dogg. He paid homage to the Notorious BIG and Tupac, then took to the next episode of his Dr. Dre days.

Review continues on the next page.

Location Info

House of Blues

1204 Caroline, Houston, TX

Category: Music

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