Snoop Dogg - Heat Ultra Lounge - May 29, 2013

John Gilhooley
Snoop Dogg
Heat Ultra Lounge

Was I supposed to know Snoop Dogg's show last night at Heat Ultra Lounge was a DJ set and not a traditional performance or did I miss the memo? I mean, I sure as hell thought Tha Doggfather would be getting on the mic to kick some rhymes, but instead the S-N-Double O-P played a bunch of hip-hop tracks from a laptop while smoking a shit-ton of weed. Maybe that's what they do at Heat Ultra Lounge and maybe I'm just a skinny, pasty, white 33-year-old with glasses who wears faded Bad Brains shirts to overpriced dance clubs because I have my head jammed up my ass. Maybe.

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Uprising: Hip Hop and the L.A. Riots Panel Discussion - Grammy Museum - 4/26/12

Snoop was not in the building

Maybe it was the fact that we had to sit in downtown rush-hour Los Angeles traffic before we got to the Grammy Museum. But probably, it was the fact that we pressed through such a long, shitty day because the light at the end of the tunnel was the knowledge that after trying for so many damn years, we were finally going to get to meet Snoop Dogg -- and had just learned that tha Doggfather wouldn't be sitting on the panel discussing the new VH1 documentary titled Uprising: Hip Hop and the L.A. Riots.

Whatever the case, we was pissed when the woman next to us asked if we would stop taking pictures because the beeping on our camera was preventing her from hearing.

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Six Songs with the F Word in the Title for Valentine's Day

Ladies, I've got a secret for you: Men don't like Valentine's Day.

I mean, we just got over the pressure of the holidays and now we're expected to come up with more gifts to show our love and appreciation. And do we ever get it right? Of course not. We're guys and we suck.

But we know if we play our cards right, tonight's almost a slam dunk in the bedroom. With this on our minds, we're acting all soft and cute with our roses, cards, teddy bears and chocolates, but what we're really thinking about is getting naked with you. (To be fair, we're also thinking about how to get you naked on the other 355 days of the year, but tonight, the odds of that happening are much higher and we like when the odds are in our favor.)

So while you're thinking about how he went to Jared or how every kiss begins with Kay, plain and simple, we're thinking about fucking you. Just so you can't say I didn't warn you, here's the soundtrack to what's going through our minds as you gorge yourself on chocolates and white wine spritzers.

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Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa at the Wiltern Last Night

Ryan Ritchie
Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa
December 13, 2011 

To use a tired party cliche, if you remember the Snoop Dogg/Wiz Khalifa show last night at the Wiltern, you weren't there.

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.
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Wiz Khalifa Finally Gets His Shit Together on "Smokin' On"

​Along with every other straight-to-DVD film, we've been ignoring Wiz Khalifa and Snoop Dogg's upcoming buddy comedy, Mac and Devin Go to High School.

The movie promises to be a Cheech and Chong redux. We have no idea what the concept is other than getting high, potentially blowing up a chemistry lab, and giggling about it (their school is named "N. Hale"). But isn't Snoop a little old to play a high school kid?

On the other hand, so far the soundtrack seems a make-up present to Wiz's long-time fans, who grumbled "sellout" this spring when he released his fluffy, radio-ready Atlantic Records' debut, Rolling Papers.

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Road Trip Soundtrack Recommendations

Here's a gratuitous road trip photo, care of whatsisface...
Summer means barbecues, beaches, sleeping in and wearing next to nothing, but the best part of the season is the annual road trip (although, seeing people wearing next to nothing is a close second) taken by many across the vast country of ours. Even the least experienced road trippers know to pack clothes and munchies, but pulling out of your driveway without the proper soundtrack can make those boring ass drives across Nebraska (think the 5, but with even less to look at) make you wonder what in the hell Kerouac saw in this shit.

Once you've got your tunes in order, it's crucial that you create a playlist that helps set a mood. Take me for example. I'm not a morning person. In fact, I almost punched one of my best friends during a brutal Texas morning for no other reason other than I was awake. To remedy this, I start with something that will wake me up without a bunch of screaming and yelling because, sure, I love Black Sabbath. Just not at nine in the morning.

On the flipside, I always make sure to save my sing-alongs for when the sun goes down. This is important because when you're out there on a two-lane road to nowhere, the only thing preventing you from becoming one of those homemade crosses on the side of the highway and seeing your destination is the ability to stay focused. Again, for me, this is all about singing.

Here's what I'd do if I was hitting the road today. I'd love to know what others have in mind because I'm always up for adding new tunes to my road trip rotation.

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Climate Scientists Turn to Making a Rap Video

On the very serious issue of global warming, people in the United States are straight chillin', more so than in previous years. A Gallup poll last month revealed a 10 percent drop in the number of survey respondents in the U.S. who said that global warming was a "somewhat" or "very" serious threat.

This is no doubt applicable, in part, to the phenomenon books such as Climate Cover-Up by James Hoggan outline in terms of how powerful self-interest groups turn a scientific consensus into a debatable issue in the media. But part of the problem, according to scientist-turned-author Randy Olson, is the way the folks in those white coats communicate their message to the public. More »

Why is Snoop Dogg Wearing a Red Bandanna?

This and many other questions from fans brought about by Snoop Dogg and Kid Cudi's new video for "That Tree." (You know. Treeeeees.)

Well, actually... We think we have a theory on that red bandanna.
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Show Announcement: Snoop Dogg to play Galaxy Concert Theater, Santa Ana

No one in the history of hip-hop has so successfully transformed himself from a feared gangsta to a family-friendly pitchman. Sure, Snoop Dogg probably couldn't scare my grandmother these days but his distinctive, melodic flow still sounds fresh and songs like "Gin and Juice,""What's My Name?" and his version of "Lodi Dodi" continue to rock parties 15-plus years since their release. So, yeah, I'm excited to learn he's returning to the area later in a couple weeks.

It has just been confirmed that Snoop Dogg will bring his timeless G-Funk sounds to the cozy Galaxy Concert Theater in Santa Ana. The show is scheduled for Thursday, January 21. Opening act(s) haven't been confirmed yet. The concert is suppose to start at 8 p.m. and tickets are $45. The Long Beach native is touring in support of his December release Malice N Wonderland, which we reviewed here.