Snoop Dogg is not known for his punctuality.
The 42-year-old rapper, whose career spans decades and genres, is famously tardy in taking the stage, and he kept his reputation intact at an all-ages show Sunday night at the Cotillion Ballroom, finally appearing two-and-a-half hours after the show was scheduled to start.
And he appeared, it seems, just in time. After a wait that was filled with about 30 minutes of local rap acts and two hours of a DJ who wore out his welcome with repeated “throw your hands in the air” demands and empty promises that it was “almost time” for Snoop, the first chorus of boos began.
Then, suddenly, another DJ appeared. The stage lit up, and so did the sold-out crowd of 1,900 people.
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Then Snoop was there, his hair pulled back, wearing dark sunglasses and a big grin that never left his face throughout his performance – which lasted just under an hour.
Despite his recent dabbling in reggae, Rastafarian culture and a name change – to Snoop Lion – to go with it, this Snoop kept things old school. His short set included the non-PG versions of all his famous rap hits, including “Gin and Juice” and “Drop It Like It’s Hot.”
He also covered songs by many of his famous peers and pals, including Dr. Dre’s “Nuthin’ but a G Thang” and House of Pain’s “Jump Around.” In the middle of his set, he told the crowd how much he loved rock ’n’ roll and let his DJ spin Joan Jett’s “I Love Rock N’ Roll,” occasionally singing along.
After about 50 minutes, he thanked the crowd and performed a mellow cover of the hit “Young, Wild & Free.”