Calvin Cordoza Broadus Junior a.k.a. Snoop Doggy Dogg touched down on UK shores earlier this month and, after nearly 3 years of waiting, he had London’s O2 Arena on fire – literally – there was smoke all over the place.
What I love about this man is he just doesn’t give a shit.
He likes a drink, he’s living life young and wild and free, and he never fails to make me laugh every morning with his Instagram posts. Yes he’s had a colourful past (who hasn’t) and has probably given his beautiful wife Shante (who he’s been with since school) many reasons to raise her voice(!), but this current era seems to be like The Snoop Golden Years.
The Super Bowl 2022 Half Time Show was historical when alongside Dr Dre, Eminem, 50 Cent, Kendrick Lemar and The Queen of Hip Soul and R’n’B, Mary J Blige, he set the music world alight and even though Rihanna was awesome riding solo this year, we’re still talking about the 2022 performance.
He also acquired the trademark and now owns Death Row Records, the very label that started his career off. Death Row was set up by Dr Dre, Suge Knight, the DOC and Dick Griffey (Founder of Solar Records) which went on to launch the careers of Tupac, Lady of Rage, Warren G, Nate Dogg and Michel’le. Snoop is firmly back in his roots.
As for his performance at London’s O2 arena on Tuesday 21st March, it was well worth the wait. Tributes to Biggie “Notorious BIG”, Tupac, and Eazy-E of NWA sent camera lights flashing. Beats dropped from Ain’t Nothing But A G Thang to Still Dre to Drop It Like It’s Hot to The Next Episode to California Gurls, he did it all with a blunt in his hand and even went for a smoke break.
My honest intention was to accompany my daughter, sit down, compose myself and reminisce about my RnB days, but when those beats and rhymes hit…I couldn’t sit down!
Hope it won’t be the last time we see Snoop in the UK, and I’d even consider going Stateside for some more Snoop Dogg energy.