The legendary Snoop Dogg aka Snoop Lion treated the crowd at The Palace to a night of classic Snoop Dogg, new hits and some surprise covers in a jam-packed and brilliant hour-long set. Opening for Snoop was American up-and-coming rapper Mac Miller, kicking off the night with a voice that tonally somewhat reminded me of Eminem.
With visuals that only included a black and white ‘Hello’ sign onscreen, his heavy rap set filled with trill and trappy vibes was juxtaposed with a softer vocal number, towards the end of his set which he played on keys and unfortunately wasn’t really listened to or appreciated by the crowd. Getting the crowd back on their feet, his set was abruptly cut short whilst the song was in his chorus, which was an odd way to end his opening spot. After a 30 minute change over, the packed-out Palace was ready for the main man to get on and deliver the goods, which he most definitely did.
The band, kicking off with California Love and Still Dre without Snoop, was a sure way to get the crowd well and truly pumped for his arrival. With background visuals of Snoop’s face surrounded by rasta-colours and marijuana on a flag and opening with Here Comes The King from his Reincarnated state as Snoop Lion, this was the only appearance or moment of his new ‘persona’.
Even with a VICE doco about his reincarnation from a Dogg to a Lion, tonight was really the Snoop Dogg show. Armed with a golden glittery mic that could rival any Eurovision presenters, the smell of weed filled the air as Snoop and his backing band delivered hits of the past and present. Dedicating his collab with Akon I Wanna Fuck You to all the ladies in the house, the vibe was banging even if some tracks were cut short to fit into his hour-long set. After asking the crowd “anybody in the house tonight smoke weed?” the crowd erupted with screams as he lit the biggest joint on stage, before delivering classics Nuthin’ But a G Thang to Gin and Juice with ease.
Later on busting out short surprise covers of Biggie’s Hypnotise and Tupac, before delivering crowd-pleaser Jump Around, Drop It Like It’s Hot was an absolute winner.
With no sign of his latest release 7 Days of Funk as Snoopzilla to be played in his set, his G-Funk classic What’s My Name was a real reminder of how good Snoop is in his George Clinton and Bootsy Collins-inspired ways. A winner was the visuals of his Doggystyle album cover art brought to life during the song, a reminder that the album is 20 years old and still just as brilliant. After thanking the crowd for bringing him back to Australia and welcoming him after his recent visa issues he got the audience together for a repeated chorus of Young, Wild and Free, and ended on a reggae jam whilst giving out some sound advice as Snoop Lion to the crowd to “smoke weed mother fucker”.
What’s [your] mother fucking name? It’s Snoop Doggy Dogg and tonight was a reminder that there is no need for a reincarnation or the need to reinvent himself if he keeps on delivering the goods as Snoop Dogg.
BY MIMI VELEVSKA
Loved: Nuthin’ But A G Thang.
Hated: Songs being cut short.
Drank: Pineapple juice.