Snoop Dogg Lion Zilla:
42 And Still Smoking
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Last Week He Changed His Name From Snoop Lion To Snoop Zilla In An Act That Failed To Crack The Headlines And Then This Week He Played The Arizona State Fair
By Jeff Moses
Modern Times Magazine
Oct. 25, 2013 — The newly dubbed Snoop ZIlla rolled through Phoenix earlier this week to play the Arizona State Fair and for a Wednesday night, it was packed. More than 8,000 were in attendance to see the West Coast legend do his two-step shimmy and blaze it up on stage.
The stage was not the only place where people were blazing, once “D-O- double gizzle” hit the stage Veterans Memorial Coliseum had the smell of cheba emanating from it like stupidity from a republican.
The set was a slighly more than an hour revue of the hip-hop icon’s illustrious career cycling through his catalogue from his debut album Doggystyle with megahit “Gin and Juice,” to his recent collaboration with Katy Perry, “California Girls.” The latter of which he chose to sing the chorus, too.
Snoop opened with one of his new Snoop Lion Reggae tunes accompanied by his four-piece entourage and his three-piece team of dancers. Also on the stage with the dreadlocked rasta was his Snoop Dogg mascot.
What’s truly remarkable about Snoop Dogg, or Lion, or Zilla or whatever he comes up with next is how little he needs to do to get the entire crowd into it. It seems as though every hand that was not holding a joint or waving in the air was steadily holding a phone camera trying to record a guy more or less standing still.
At one point Snoop did … sit down in a chair mid song. But otherwise his most exciting move is the two step shimmy and when he takes a puff off a joint. He did not even sing some of the songs. During an homage to Notorious B.I.G., Snoop began hitting just the punchlines for “Hypnotize,” before doing the same with a Tupac song, followed by a rendition of “Jump Around” by House of Pain where he did not sing any of the words. Yet Snoop remained captivating.
He performed his “P.I.M.P,” song that he did with 50 cent, he performed his Pharrell Williams collaboration “Beautiful,” he even sang Akon’s part to “I Wanna Love You.” It’s interesting to see Snoop mature into a more well rounded performer having fun on stage, and not just a gangster rapper.
All in all, the show was just exactly what one could expect from seeing the hop-hop icon live at age 42. He’s still part pimp, still part Cheech and Chong. He’s added a bit of rastafarian influences, but at the end of the day he’s still the same skinny gangster he was when he first came out in 1992.
As Snoop put it to end the night, “Jah Rastafari!”
Jeff Moses a senior contributor at Modern Times Magazine. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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