Snoop Dogg paid his dues on the street before bursting through California’s West Coast rap scene with relative ease. His first album, 1993’s Doggystyle, debuted atop the Billboard 200 by selling almost one million copies in its first week. Snoop Dogg’s laid-back style on What’s My Name and Gin and Juice brought a strange and unexpected calm to poignant songs about the gangsta rap themes of violence, sex, and drugs. His 1996 release, Doggfather, embraced his image as the newly crowned voice of L.A.-style rap, but as the East Coast-West Coast wars raged on, Snoop moved on to a softer sound that opened up a new world of lyrical subjects and possibilities. The shift did not affect his commercial or critical success, as he produced four more number one R & B albums and fourteen top ten singles, and earned an impressive sixteen Grammy nominations. His work as a rapper, whether as lead performer or featured artist, is nearly unparalleled, and although he has yet to win music’s top prize, he has taken home several MTV Video Music Awards and Source Awards.
Snoop Dogg’s success in the early ‘90s, in which he found himself named favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist at the American Music Awards in 1995 and given Billboard’s Album of the Year in 1994, has continued into the early 21st century, even with detours into reggae and other musical genres. Snoop Dogg remains an in-demand performer and collaborator, as evidenced by his 2015 release BUSH with fellow chart-topper Pharrell. Even after two decades, Snoop Dogg’s groundbreaking work makes him an icon to his fans and the artists who grew up under his vast musical influence. Score with TicketCity - the place to go for Snoop Dogg Tickets.
Snoop Dogg BUSH Tour
Snoop Dogg is back on tour, this time in support of 2015’s BUSH album. His stops include solo dates, festivals, and expanded shows, including the Life Is Beautiful Festival in Las Vegas and How the West Was Won in California. In fact, the famed West Coast rapper is making his West Coast stomping grounds a major part of this year’s tour. Although he presents several new tunes from his latest release, fans of old-school rap will applaud his updated takes on several of his greatest hits from a nearly twenty-five-year career, from his early days in gangsta rap with Gin and Juice to his smoother, more mellow days in the late ‘90s and beyond with songs like Drop It Like It’s Hot. They’ll also be thrilled by the veteran performer’s tributes to Biggie Smalls and Tupac, among other longtime friends and musical rivals. Snoop Dogg’s seemingly laid-back style, standing center stage, his feet firmly planted, belies a commanding presence and an intense approach to the slow jams that serve as an intricate soundtrack to common yet complicated issues. Snoop Dogg’s strengths as a recording artist – a clear voice showcasing a life-hardened attitude and surprising introspection – are all at play on this year’s BUSH tour.