Snoop Dogg at the Cabooze, 01/25/11

Snoop Dogg
January 25, 2011
The Cabooze, Minneapolis

With Snoop Dogg in the house, of course there was going to be one hell of a party at the Cabooze on Tuesday night. Playing the second of two sold-out shows over the course of just a few hours, the Big Boss Dogg turned out the adoring, overflow crowd with a career-spanning string of hits during his immensely entertaining hour-long set. And while his old classics were the clear crowd-favorites, Snoop is such a charismatic, electrifying performer that the moment he steps on stage, the place simply lights up, both figuratively and literally.

Flanked by two massively intimidating bodyguards and a crew of hypemen, Snoop came onstage in great spirits (and who wouldn't be after selling-out a room twice in one evening), tearing into the feisty opener "I Wanna Rock," which easily got the crowd moving. From that point on, the set was a blur of on-point classics like "Next Episode," "Gin and Juice," and "187," as well as a choice sampling of 50 Cent's "P.I.M.P." that really set the place off.

The night got even more amped as Snoop ran through a brief but wild rendition of Dre's "Nuthin' But A 'G' Thang," that made you realize not only how well those inspired and innovative tracks from The Chronic still hold up, but also how much Dr. Dre's discerning presence has been missed in the hip-hop world. Hopefully Detox, which Snoop previewed during the set with a run through of it's lead-single "Kush," won't turn into Dre's Chinese Democracy. Snoop gave a rousing, respectful nod to one of his fallen hip-hop brethren, delivering a brief but volatile 2Pac medley featuring "Hail Mary." He also celebrated his past by bringing out his former 213 running mate, Warren G, who tore through a spirited version of "Regulate" with Snoop that was one of the night's clear highlights. 

Snoop Dogg at the Cabooze, 01/25/11

Of course Snoop also paid full attention to the ladies in the crowd, telling them hilariously that, "I wish I was an octopus so I could have like 13 dicks (?!) and fuck 13 of y'all at once." Now, there's really only one man that could segue a preposterous line such as that into a slow jam, and that's Snoop. So not only was he able to still keep the ladies full-attention after that remark, he even convinced one of them to dance with (actually 'on') him during "Sexual Seduction." Later on in the set he quipped, "Now I wish I was two motherfuckin' octupuses (sic) so I could be many women...?" And when one of his crew responded "26," Snoop replied hysterically while laughing at the absurdity of it all, "26. Yeah, fuckin' 26 women!" It was indeed that type of night, and there wasn't a damn thing wrong with it.

Snoop closed down his all-too-brief set with a flurry, doing a boisterous cover of House Of Pain's "Jump Around" that got everyone in the place to do just that. Snoop stopped the song short, saying "Now that I got y'all to jump around, I need you to do something else for me," before busting in to "Drop It Like It's Hot," a song I have always hated until that precise moment, as the track easily took hold of everyone in the club.

At this point there was seemingly only one joint left that we all needed to hear, and Snoop obliged us by closing with a dynamic version of "Who Am I (What's My Name?)" that ended the night explosively. And with that, Snoop and his slick diamond encrusted microphone were quickly off to the sounds of (naturally) "Atomic Dog." With an artist as effortlessly magnetic and deftly entertaining as Snoop Dogg, it's hard not to get totally swept away in the party he's starting -- and really, why would you want to when the ride is so much fun?

Snoop Dogg at the Cabooze, 01/25/11

Critic's Bias: The Chronic and Doggystyle were hip-hop staples of mine during college, but it's admittedly been quite a while since I revisited those classics.

The Crowd: Packed in like sardines and ready to party.

Overheard In The Crowd: The sound of lighters continually sparking joints throughout the set.

Random Notebook Dump: I don't think that the Cabooze has ever smelled as good as it did during Snoop's set. And seriously, why is it so hard for some of these artists to pronounce Minneapolis correctly? 

For more photos: See our full slideshow by Alex Uncapher.

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