Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa at the Wiltern Last Night
I mean, seriously, was anyone not getting high? The answer is no.
Wiz performed for about a half hour before Tha Doggfather hit the stage. I would have seen more of his set, except there was a hold-up at the will call that made me late. I caught about three songs and each started with the obligatory "throw your hands from side to side." Or something like that. Even though I was standing at the back of the room, the contact high was pretty gnarly, so you'll have to pardon my hazy recollection of what exactly transpired.
I also remember that both emcees performed with the help of a keyboardist, three DJs, a bassist and a drummer. For anyone who's ever seen hip-hop live, you know how vital a live band is because no matter how much you love a particular song, it's going to suck if it's just a bunch of people rapping over a DJ.
I'm old and lame, so perhaps I am wrong, but once the S-N-double O-P hit the stage, it became pretty obvious who the crowd was there to see. Yeah, Wiz had the people moving and people were into him, but this was Snoop Dogg in Los Angeles. It's his town and his weed -- we're just lucky to be there.
Snoop opened with "I Wanna Rock" and from there did about forty minutes with Tha Dogg Pound -- Daz and Kurupt -- at his side. The threesome ran through a ton of hits -- including "Tha Shiznit" off 1993's unfuckwithable Doggystyle -- while Snoop smoked what appeared to be blunts while wearing sunglasses with the words "Snoop Dogg" written on the lenses. Nevermind the fact that it was a late night show in December and that it was indoors. Snoop can wear sunglasses wherever, whenever the hell he pleases because, well, he's Snoop Dogg and we're not.