I’m so excited to be able to cover “Snoop Dogg” tonight in Charlotte. The last time I had this opportunity was 4 years ago in Winston Salem at a club called Ziggy’s. There was more than 4000 people at that event. It was an outdoor show and as usual raining, because of the rain I was not able to photograph him, this time I finally get my opportunity. I arrive at the club early to get a good parking spot. As I was walking up to the Fillmore, I notice the line is starting to get long. Once inside I get settled in and put all my camera gear on. Looking around the venue it wasn’t what I expected, the crowd was a mix of people in their 40s and over, all the way down to the younger millennials. Everyone was enthusiastically waiting for the performance to begin.
The stage was set, there were 2 stripper poles one on each side of the stage. At the back of the stage there are 2 picnic tables one on each side of the stage and has bandanas hanging from them. The middle of the stage back where the DJ is had an oversized fire hydrant with bandanas hanging on both sides of it. Now it’s time for the man his self “SNOOP DOGG”. He walks out styling a blue silk jacket with two gold chains, one says, “No Limited Records”. He was holding a gold microphone with diamonds all around it and with a lion’s head on it. “I Wanna Thank Me” was “Snoops” seventeenth studio album that was released this year. “Snoop” gets the audience going by telling them to wave their hands in the air. He began throwing out fake money while there was pole dancers dancing with seductive moves on the stage. “Snoop” mixed in old and new songs for the different age groups. Let’s not forget the mascot the big dog. The mascot was roaming the stage while he was rhyming and singing throughout the performance. Lastly, it was time to wrap up the hour-long sold-out show of Hip-Hop at its finest. “Snoop Dogg” has been around since 1992 and has had 17 Grammy nominations, so if you haven’t seen him yet now’s the time.