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Story and photos by Phil BonyataSnoop Dogg has transcended his music. John Lennon and Elvis Presley have become cultural icons. Snoop is somewhere more colorful and more abstract in th fact that he has reached cartoon status. Having acheived innovative and influential status as one of Dr. Dre's most notable proteges - he might be as well known for his catchphrase "fo' shizzle, ma nizzle," translated "For sure, my nigger."
Snoop, quite possibly dressed in one the most god awful outfits ever to grace a stage with a blue and white paisley jumpsuit, let his nasally delivery and easy flow grab the hooks on the slighlty funky "Ups and Downs." Snoop and his entourage (including his misplaced uncle) paced and wove the stage like worker bees building the hive from the bottom up. Snoop has a penchant for displaying excessive bling and extra cheesy kitsch. He also has a soft spot in his heart for over-the-top gang bangin' lyrics. "Gin and Juice" still carried enough attitude and spunk that the punch was still left intact. "That Shiznit" and "Lodi Dodi" didn't do their parts to push the creative envelope nor entertertain. Lost in the underwhelming lyrics were Snoop's untimely breaks smack dab in the middle of many verses.
Easy going Snoop has a tendency to lowball and underplay his own "G-funk" aesthetic, purposefully minimizing it's impact. It might be a too cool to look back attitude, but his embracing of danger and risk, early on in his career, is why we cared in the first place.
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