Photos and Review by Hadyn Mayes (Photography by Halo)
Following Wiz Khalifa's electrifying performance, the Ruoff Music Center was in for another treat as the legendary Snoop Dogg took the stage. The crowd was still riding the high from the previous act, and anticipation for Snoop's performance was undeniable.
As one of the most influential figures of West Coast hip-hop emerged amidst a cloud of smoke while driving the iconic 64’ Impala, the crowd erupted into thunderous applause and cheers. Snoop Dogg, with his laid-back demeanor and trademark blunt in hand, had everyone under his spell from the moment he stepped foot on stage. The anticipation for classic hits and smooth rhymes was discernible, and Snoop did not disappoint.
With a career spanning decades, Snoop Dogg has an extensive discography to draw from, and he effortlessly weaved through his impressive repertoire of songs. He kicked off the show with a cover of the timeless track “The Next Episode” by Dr, Dre, and the audience was instantly transported back to the '90s, immersing themselves in the nostalgia and iconic beats that defined this era of hip-hop.
Snoop's performance was punctuated with moments of humor and charm as he interacted with the audience, cracking jokes, and sharing anecdotes from his illustrious career. This not only showcased his ability to entertain but also made the experience feel intimate, like a gathering of friends celebrating music and life.
Furthermore, Snoop Dogg's stage presence was undeniable. He commanded the stage with ease, and his smooth, effortless delivery captivated the audience throughout the entire set. Whether he was performing his tracks or collaborations with other artists, his performance was a masterclass in stage presence and showmanship.
The visual elements of the show were also well-executed, with an impressive light show that accentuated the mood of each song. The giant screens displayed vibrant visuals, adding to the overall immersive experience of the concert.
As the night came to a close, Snoop Dogg made sure to end on a high note, leaving the audience with one last hit to savor. As he backed the 64’ off stage, the cheers were deafening.
Then the lights dimmed and “Slow Burn,” the character embodied as a joint from the movie “Mac & Devin Go To High School,” appeared onscreen. As he cracked jokes he welcomed Wiz & Snoop on to the stage together.
Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa stepped onto the stage together for an unforgettable encore, bringing the night to a monumental climax. The iconic duo, representing different eras of hip-hop, shared the spotlight with a sense of camaraderie that resonated throughout the venue. The seamless blend of Snoop's classic West Coast flow and Wiz's modern charisma created a magical moment that bridged generations of music enthusiasts. They lit joints and threw them into the crowd, jumped on the hood of the car, and danced around on stage. The energy was at its highest point between them and the fans. The night came to a close as they performed their smash hit “Young, Wild & Free.” As the final notes echoed into the night, the audience was left with an indelible memory of witnessing two hip-hop legends come together to create a moment that will be etched in their hearts forever.