While Snoop Dogg did not disappoint with a performance rife with his singles at Comfort Dental Amphitheatre on Friday night, the only signs of his new persona, “Snoop Lion,” were the last vestiges of Bob Marley’s “Jammin’ ” as Snoop exited the stage.
The audience was boisterous during “Gin & Juice” and his famous
first early collaboration with Dr. Dre, “Nuthin’ but a ‘G’ Thang,” appeared to be one of Snoop’s favorite tracks. Smoking ample herb (and wearing a rasta man’s cap under which I suspect the Lion is growing dreadlocks), Snoop transitioned to “2 of Amerikaz’s Most Wanted,” at which point he took the opportunity to praise Tupac and encourage the crowd to chant, “We love you, we miss you,” with two fingers in the air.
Snoop was the headliner Friday night, but supporting act Ice Cube was the star with his shaped Afro, dark sunglasses and black Dickies. Ice Cube ripped through “We Be Clubbin’,” Check Yo Self,” “Friday” and the undying “It Was a Good Day.”
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony came out, at first, in awkward fashion. The group launched into “Thuggish Ruggish Bone” and other 1999 hits like “1st of Tha Month,” “Thug Love” and “Notorious Thugz.” The love shown to Eazy-E on “Foe the Love of Money” and “Crossroads” was the icing, though.
Earlier in the evening, E-40 commanded the stage with his radio hits “Function,” “Tell Me When to Go” and the slinky “Sprinkle Me.” Tha Dogg Pound opened the night and made a second appearance as Snoop’s hype men.
Ru Johnson is a Denver freelance writer and a new contributor to Reverb.
Seth McConnell is a member of YourHub at The Denver Post and a new contributor to Reverb.