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Mail Music: Laid back rap king Snoop puts on Doggystyle show; SNOOP DOGG - LATE SHOW Carling Academy, Glasgow, February 13.

Byline: CAROLYN RAE

A lot has happened since Snoop dropped his debut album, Doggystyle, in 1993. On top of releasing eight longplayers, the west coast rapper and self-styled hip-hop entrepreneur has found further success in acting (Starsky & Hutch), presenting (Doggy Fizzle Televizzle), adult movies (Doggy Style) and fashion.

Despite these other talents, it's Snoop's seminal debut that cements his legendary status. Fans at his sell-out show were there to hear some classic gangsta-funk and Snoop excelled himself with a set which played like a Best of West Coast Rap CD.

It has been more than a decade since Snoop visited Britain and he packed in two shows to meet demand for his Scots visit.

Accompanied by full band, the Snoopadelics, the six-foot-four star strolled onstage sporting a red fur coat for his late show, kicking-off the set with Murder Was The Case - a tune which revolves around his own death. Keeping to his trademark pimp persona, Snoop, born Calvin Broadus, was then joined by a bevy of gyrating girls for a performance of 50 Cent's P.I.M.P.

The Long Beach MC performed most tracks from his five million selling debut, Doggystyle - the first debut rap album to go straight to No1 in America.

He even treated fans to a medley of Dr Dre tracks featuring his laid-back stoner drawl, from 187 to The Next Episode. If that wasn't enough, the 33-year-old stripped off his coat to reveal a Scotland football top.

Just when you thought it couldn't get any better, Snoop launched into Gin & Juice and fans threw their hands in the air and swayed to the g-funk summer anthem. Such chilled-out displays are a rare sight in Glasgow during the wee hours on a Sunday night.

Halfway through, Snoop relaxed for a chronic break. He left his dancing uncle to entertain the crowd by inviting everyone to 'smoke weed, get drunk, and f***', as five of Strathclyde's finest observed from the balcony.

Considering Snoop was the first of Dr Dre's rap protAgAs - paving the way for Eminem and 50 Cent - it's fitting that support came from Compton's latest export, The Game.

The rapper, whose latest album Documentary hit the US charts at No1 last month, marks the next generation of Dre-styled gangsta rap.

The Game appeared perplexed that the crowd were oblivious to his US star status as he performed a storming set of infectious tracks, including Higher, Put You On The Game and Dreams.

But it was the Doggfather of rap who triumphed. A great performer knows what their audience wants and that's what made the show immense. Scottish fans have been waiting 13 years to see Snoop in action.

Luckily he knew exactly how they wanted it and that was Doggystyle.
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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Feb 20, 2005
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