Snoop Dogg in Abu Dhabi13 Comments 8 May 2011
‘The fans paid for Snoop Dogg and they gonna get Snoop Dogg. I wouldn’t want to disappoint tha people that paid to see me, ya dig?’ So the US gangsta rapper told Time Out Abu Dhabi before his Yas Arena gig. And if the huge crowd at Friday night’s show were craving some controversy, then they definitely weren’t let down as the Californian MC arrived on stage wearing an Emirati-style khandoura, letting slip plenty of expletive-filled lyrics throughout the show. Despite dropping a few numbers from his latest album, Doggumentary, most of the show was taken up with classic cuts from Snoop’s 20 year career, including ‘Ain’t Nuthin’ but a G Thang,’ ‘Tha Shiznit,’ ‘Drop It Like It’s Hot,’ and ‘Beautiful’, all of which sent the sweaty crowd into a hip hop-induced state of frenzy. He also included moving tributes to Nate Dogg, his cousin who sang on most of his early records, but who died in March from a stroke, as well as slain rappers Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls. But the major disappointment of the night was Snoop’s refusal to do an encore, although he did promise the crowd that if they wanted him to return he would. But after this season’s Yas Island gigs had included the likes of teen sensations Jonas Brothers and 30 Seconds to Mars, those with a more adult taste in music were undoubtedly extra pleased.
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