LIVE: Snoop Dogg @ Northern Lights, 5/28/11

Snoop Dogg @ Northern Lights, Clifton Park

On stage, Snoop Dogg is still at the top of his game nearly two decades after the release of his debut album “Doggy Style,” a milestone alongside classic releases by Ice-T, N.W.A., Public Enemy, and others in the ‘gangsta-rap’ subgenre of hip hop music.

Most of the suburban teens and twenty-somethings packed tight against the stage barricade in Northern Lights for the show had very little in common with gangsta-rap’s inner-city themes of racism, drive-by shootings, crime, drug dealing, street gangs, etc.

But no matter.

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They were solely there to see and hear Snoop Dogg, the American cultural icon and music superstar. And to his credit Snoop put on a real show, complete with a live band of musicians (playing instruments!), a perfect needle-dropping DJ, several sexy, energetic dancers and two back-up rappers, Daz Dillinger and Kurupt.

Was it worth it?

After two-and-a-half hours of opening acts from regional rappers, the anticipation for the headliner was heightened by an almost hour-long wait before Snoop and his posse of bodyguards took the stage to dish up a 75-minute set of prime rap filled with fan favorites, selections from his newest outing “Doggumentary” and a tribute segment to the late greats – Tupac, Notorious B.I.G. and Nate Dogg.

Sure, it was worth it. Hip hop is a major international music phenomenon, and Snoop Dogg is unquestionably still one of hip-hop’s greatest live performers. A real treat.

Review and photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Taylor Morris’ review at Metroland

Snoop Dogg @ Northern Lights, Clifton Park

Snoop Dogg @ Northern Lights, Clifton Park

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3 Responses to “LIVE: Snoop Dogg @ Northern Lights, 5/28/11”

  1. Sara says:

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    Nippertown is a no-troll zone.

  2. Al G. says:

    Did ya catch a contact high in there, Andrzej?

  3. The bridge has been built, and trolls have been directed to use it…

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