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Almost 20 years since his first visit to Vancouver to film Bones, Snoop Dogg returned to Rogers Arena last night in a whirlwind (or kush cloud) of ’90s nostalgia.
The lineup was full of West Coast hip hop legends including Afroman (Because I Got High), Kurupt (We Can Freak It), Daz Dillinger (Tha Dog Pound), Warren G (Regulate), Bone Thugs (Crossroads) and Tha Doggfather himself.
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The show started off on a high with Afroman, and as each opener performed their most popular songs, they kept the crowd hyped in anticipation for the arrival of Uncle Snoop.
Walking out in a retro Vancouver Canucks jersey, Snoop ignited the crowd with a string of his biggest hits.
From older tracks like Gin & Juice and What’s My Name?, to his biggest collabs including Beautiful, P.I.M.P, The Next Episode, California Girls and the 2018 hit Best Life, Snoop’s set had something for everyone.
Mixing his original songs with old school hip hop classics, Snoop paid tribute to fallen hip hop legends Easy E with “Cruisin down the street in my 64”, Notorious B.I.G with “Hypnotize” and Tupac with “Gangsta Party”.
The 47-year-old hasn’t slowed down a bit, dancing all night long alongside a life-size Snoop Dogg Mascot, strippers, dancers, and his openers joining him on stage throughout the show. Just when the show seemed to be coming to a close, he got the whole arena on their feet for House of Pain’s Jump Around, just to bring the house down with Drop It Like It’s Hot.
As he closed out the show, he took a moment to thank the crowd for their support over his nearly 30-year career and proclaimed his love for Vancouver as his favourite city in Canada.
After seeing his festival set back in 2014, the Snoop Dogg & Friends show was a great change of pace bringing the old school back but reminding us all to always stay Young, Wild and Free.