Snoop Dogg at the Commodore in Vancouver (Live) [Photos/Review]
Vancouver, BC – Originally published July 21, 2012 – Two back-to-back Snoop Dogg shows at the Commodore made for a lively Friday night in Vancouver, and the king of the West Coast proved once again that weed, liquor and booties are the key ingredients of any West Coast party. The show consisted mostly of short verses and hooks from various hits spanning the last few decades, and party anthems such as “I Wanna Rock” and “The Shiznit” started the night with a nostalgic bang.
The sound wasn’t great and the bass seemed to consistently drown out Snoop’s drawl, but it was made up for in visuals – let’s just say his two dancers were pretty on-point with their moves, having mastered the art of the quivering ass. Appropriate, then, when Snoop put out the call for some P.I.M.P music and some big chune reggae took over the stage. This of course led into “The Next Episode” and “Nuthin but a G Thang” as the mascot of mindless partying got the crowd to big up weed and alcohol. Meanwhile, Snoop’s extensive crew of hype men, including an older man who was surely a grandfather, continued to dance on stage as they rocked “Gin and Juice,” much to the pleasure of the faded audience.
Things took a turn to the modern as Snoop dropped his verse from Katy Perry’s “California Girls” and Akon’s “I Wanna Fuck You” as his lovely dancers earned their keep with leg lifts, twerkin and the best stripper grinds this side of the speakeasy. Snoop may have come across a little, let’s say, laid back on stage, what with the constant smoke breaks, but his dancers were certainly putting in work. Things started to draw to a close with a rendition of House of Pain’s “Jump Around” and the ever-popular Pharrell track “Drop it like it’s Hot,” Snoop acting as a self-proclaimed beacon of “peace love and happiness.” A grand close found all the hype men and dancers joining in on “Young, Wild and Free,” ending the show on a pleasant note that tied up the retrospective hour.
Everyone seemed to have fun, and certainly everyone seemed to feel free, so what the show lacked in integrity it certainly made up for in hedonistic tendencies.
Written by Amalia Judith for HipHopCanada
Photography by Bryan Mollett for HipHopCanada
Photography by Bryan Mollett
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