Story: Jack Foley
HE MAY have taken to the stage at only 6.30pm, but Snoop Dogg
delivered a set that was definitely suited to after the watershed
at Hyde Park as part of Live 8 London.
The superstar rapper and cultural icon delivered a greatest hits
medley that was packed with F-words and bad-boy attitude.
Together with an ensemble including drummers, mixers, guitarists
and co-rappers, Snoop serenaded the crowd while a trio of female
dancers 'got down' in skimpy white vests and mini-skirts that
revealed their arses.
Controversy aside, however, the artist lived up to his reputation
to deliver a genuinely thrilling set that had everyone watching
in awe - including David Beckkam, his wife, Ricky Gervais and
Included on the playlist were the Snoop Dogg classics, The
Next Episode, as well as recent favourites, Drop It Like
It's Hot and Signs (although Justin Timberlake didn't
do a live link-up from Philadelphia).
Throughout, the stage was alive with
the booty-shaking rhythms of hip-hop's favourite son, effortlessly
tapping into the spirit of the Live 8 occasion and making everyone
And despite the bad language, most of the crowd agreed that they
had witnessed something special.
Snoop, unapologetic as ever, declared through his lyrics that
he was 'a bad boy', before bringing things to a close by asking
the crowd 'what's my mother-fucking name?'
The answer, Snoop Dogg, of course, and the track in question,
Who Am I (What's My Name).
As the BBC's Jonathan Ross stated afterwards, 'this is what happens
when you let a Dogg off the leash'!
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