Dogg Lion Dogg played the Roseland Tuesday night. He showed up two hours late and performed for not more than half an hour. Minh Tran stuck it out and brings us this report.]
Snoop Dogg is no one's favorite rapper. Like fellow legends Busta Rhymes and Ludacris, Snoop is a purveyor of a distinct style entirely his own (with a dash of Slick Rick), but he has taken too few artistic risks or sociopolitical stands to elevate himself beyond the clubs and radio. It is telling that despite having more hits than any other hiphop artist in history, he's never mentioned on any top five emcee lists, or even top 10. Other than Doggystyle, none of his albums are considered classics. And yet, he remains an irrefutable cultural icon who's relevancy has outlasted all his peers.
One perk of being an irrefutable cultural icon is that you can show up whenever you want. Which for his Tuesday night show at Roseland, was two painful hours later than scheduled. By the time Snoop did find his way to the stage, at around the witching hour, many of the sleepy children and savvy concert veterans (aware of the Roseland's midnight curfew) had given up hope and left.
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