Snoop Dogg Invokes the Spirit of the '90s With Fillmore Concert

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Flocks of scantily clad girls, stumbling in their heels and giggling amongst themselves, converged on the Fillmore in San Francisco. Some scurried off to the smoky dance floor to scam on the various studmuffins, others the bathroom to touch up their already caked on makeup. The DJ bumped old school rap and reggae, and the blatantly hormonal crowd grinded up on each other like it was 1999.

True, Snoop Dogg made it big in the '90s. Still, one would expect his show on March 3 to be more of a hit among Cal and other local students, especially with openers like local hyphy sensation Mistah F.A.B. Maybe it was because it was a Wednesday. Maybe it was because of midterms. Maybe it was the price ($55, plus service charges and transportation costs).

Snoop, instead, seemed to only attract middle-aged bros and their hoes. It was like a classic sitcom plot, when the parents all fall under some kind of spell that forces them to regress to their teenage years. 30-year-olds should not be rolling joints in the bathroom and rocking light-up pacifiers.

The presentation of the venue seemed very half-baked. Pseudo-clever purple and green lights dimly illuminated the chandeliers of the Fillmore. It was as if some bulbs had begun to burn out, but no one took the initiative to do anything about it. Even Snoop's infamous fake marijuana plants were MIA.

The result was a dingy, under-decorated ballroom that gave off more of a Joker vibe than anything else, minus the trendy Dark Knight connotation. This is not where you would find Heath Ledger. This is where you would find his corpse.

Snoop finally took the stage 45 minutes after his scheduled time slot. At this point, the crowd was over three hours deep in Tanqueray and chronic and the collective buzz had degenerated into an angry riot. Their shouts were somewhat alleviated by his intro video that compared him to Al Pacino. This was cute, but just seemed both unnecessary and lazy.

Snoop's actual performance did not disappoint. He opened with "The Next Episode," which was good enough to both compensate for the lack of Dre and resuscitate the fading crowd.

He then included plenty of between-act chatter, something that can make or break an act's atmosphere. In this case, it was the former. His smooth vocals managed to make even the sleaziest of his comments ("Which one of you ladies got no panties on tonight?") charming.

Snoop included a solid balance of old and new school tracks, interspersed amongst each other. This is a good tactic if one is trying to cater to a diverse audience with different tastes, and Snoop probably expected such a turnout. "Gin and Juice" was just as catchy as ever, if not catchier: Everyone could sing along, even the incoherent people. The set also featured a cover of 50 Cent's "P.I.M.P.", which was only superior to the original because Snoop was the one performing it.

Still, the transition between "Bow Wow Wow" and "Gangsta Luv" came out a bit awkward, suddenly jerking the audience from something funky and upbeat to fluffy and overly-Auto-Tuned.

It is unclear why Snoop showed up so late or why his crowd was so homogeneous. The atmosphere created by the venue and the audience detracted from Snoop's successful performance and made it frustrating to completely enjoy these tracks. One would hope that this was a fluke occurrence, perhaps resulting from poor planning. Regardless, he does deserve a second chance.

Tags: SNOOP DOGG, FILLMORE


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