The iconic Snoop Dogg brought his Get Wet Tour to the Majestic Ventura Theater on Sunday.
Though D-O-double-G did not go on until after 11 p.m., the venue was packed with a diverse crowd of people of all ages by the time the last of four opening acts played.
Though almost every person to grace the stage lit up a blunt at some point or other and although the Doggystyle crew (not to be confused with the cast of the 2001 porno of the same name that Snoop hosted) hyped up the crowd, the second-hand high was not enough to make us oblivious that after four hours of standing with our necks craned toward the stage, Snoop Dogg had still not come on.
After the last opener, the curtains closed and a DJ played popular hip-hop songs for close to 40 minutes. No wonder everyone was searched for weapons before entering the venue. If Snoop handn’t gone on soon, a cap was liable to have been popped in someone’s ass.
Luckily for everyone’s asses, an epic roar of choir music swelled and an announcer yelled, “I don’t smell no weed out there. Y’all smoking weed? This is Snoop Dogg!”
The curtains opened to Snoop in shades and his signature braids holding a blinged-out microphone, against a backdrop featuring a sexy lady and a set of poker cards beneath his name. He performed with artists from his label and a DJ. The set consisted of 20 songs, from classics off his debut Doggystyle to songs by Tupac Shakur.
The crowd went crazy as he began with “I Wanna Rock,” a song from his latest studio album. By the time he got to 50 Cent’s “P.I.M.P.,” we had more or less forgiven him for keeping us waiting.
Snoop is a practiced performer and kept the crowd’s energy going between songs, bantering with the audience and telling all the ladies they looked sexy. He spoke to women in the audience, saying, “Hey baby, hey mama,” and blowing kisses. He then dedicated his next song to all the ladies and began Akon’s “I Wanna Fuck You.”
He later asked girls from the audience to come dance onstage as he performed his new single, “Wet.” I think most of us were plenty wet (“wet, wet, wet, wet, wet”) by the time he finished. Happy Valentine’s Day to me.
Appropriately enough, he followed up with “Sensual Seduction,” a song I had forgotten about until the smooth jazz beats started up all sexy-like.
Following that, Snoop asked the crowd to “Jump Around,” and despite the length of the wait and the fact it was past midnight, all complied and kept dancing through “Drop It Like It’s Hot,” and his final song, “Who Am I? (What’s My Name?).”
This night was a testament to the rapper and his mastery, and I have to say he was worth the wait. In fact, I can’t think of a better way to ring in Valentine’s than getting wet with the number one G and Hustla, Snoop Doggy Dogg.