Snoop Dogg and friends brought Compton to KC on Friday night

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Snoop Dogg. // Photo by Barry Meitler

For those who attended Friday night’s Dogg Dayz of Blaze tour at Azura Amphitheater, things seemed to be a little bit of a shit show.

We’re sure Justin Champagne and Warren G were amazing. The view from standstill traffic on the roadway showed a sea full of lit cell phones accompanied by the roar of the crowd.

Some cars pulled up over the curb to make their own parking spots in the grass, which may have actually been a smarter move than paying $15 to park on the same grass on the other side the gates.

Sometime around 9 p.m., after a full three-hour journey to our seats, Ice Cube was already on stage and easily working the crowd. Between songs, he shared anecdotes about his 30-year career in rap, mentioning NWA and some of the beef that inspired his music.

The sold-out show reacted energetically, waving drinks in the air and rapping along to their favorite hits.

Eventually, Ice Cube informed the crowd that his set was being cut short. Seemingly displeased, he moved on to “It Was A Good Day” before wrapping it up. He was still saying goodbye when the overhead speakers interrupted with music to usher him off stage.

He did a fantastic job of keeping the audience engaged and hyping up Snoop Dogg multiple times. Still, it was probably another 45 minutes before Snoop was finally introduced, seeming to make Ice Cube’s early wrap completely unnecessary.

Speaking of Snoop Dogg, if you’ve never had the pleasure of watching women perform incredible feats of physicality to the beat of a Snoop song, you’re missing out.

Jaws dropped as one pole dancer held herself upside down and parallel to the pole, somehow managing to lift her entire body up and down while twerking. It was like witnessing a miracle. It simply shouldn’t be possible, but the performers certainly helped to imbue a higher energy performance.

Snoop’s very presence inspires stoners everywhere to light up a joint and have a good time, but eventually everyone started to mellow out. Maybe it was the dramatically long wait. Maybe it was the drinks finally kicking in.

More probably, it was the Indica, but the decibels seemed to fade so much that Snoop felt compelled to ask multiple times if everyone was having fun.

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Snoop Dogg. // Photo by Barry Meitler

The volume may have lowered, but the vibes were certainly high as everyone moved and grooved to the beats. Cell phones were raised high to record hits like “Gin & Juice” and “Sensual Seduction.” Glowing cherries and lighters could be seen nearly everywhere in the sold-out amphitheater.

As Snoop played through his set, he covered popular hits and featured a memorial montage to fallen friends including Eazy-E, The Notorious B.I.G., and Tupac Shakur.

By the time he made it to “Drop It Like It’s Hot,” one of his final three songs, the crowd was rowdy again and ready to go out with a bang. Even some of the security personnel were taking videos on their phones as Snoop moved through “Who Am I? (What’s My Name?)” and “Young, Wild & Free.”

When Snoop said his final goodbye, the hoards of people exiting the venue seemed elated but relieved to finally head home. It was midnight, after all. Luckily, there was still  another hour of exiting traffic to look forward to.

All photos by Barry Meitler, who you can find on Instagram and Facebook.

Snoop Dogg setlist

  • The Next Episode
  • Gin & Juice
  • All I Do Is Win
  • Sensual Seduction
  • Beautiful
  • Say It Witcha Booty
  • Snoop’s Upside Ya Head
  • I Wanna Fuck You
  • Nuthin’ but a “G” Thang
  • Boyz-n-the-Hood
  • P.I.M.P.
  • Too Close
  • Hypnotize
  • 2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted
  • Jump Around
  • Lodi Dodi
  • Drop It Like It’s Hot
  • Who Am I? (What’s My Name?)
  • Young, Wild & Free

Ice Cube setlist

  • Natural Born Killaz
  • Check Yo’ Self
  • Bop Gun (One Nation)
  • Friday
  • Straight Outta Compton
  • You Know How We Do It
  • You Can Do It
  • No Vaseline
  • It Was A Good Day

Snoop Dogg

Ice Cube

Warren G

Justin Champagne

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