By Rob Markman
“Just being on stage with Snoop period, being on the same bill as Snoop is amazing,” Wiz Khalifa told MTV News before performing as a co-headliner with Snoop Dogg at New York City’s Terminal 5 on Monday night. “To be an act that people are coming to see on an equal level as Snoop, it’s just mind-blowing,” he said. “So you know I’m taking it every step and I’m really just trying to prove myself more than anything. Who doesn’t love Snoop though?”
After openers Chevy Woods and YG warmed up the crowd, Snoop walked out to his 2009 single “I Wanna Rock.” Dressed in all black, with black shades and two braids in his hair, Tha Doggfather shuffled across the stage flanked by three curvaceous female dancers, who started out in Adidas tracksuits but had stripped down to skimpy lingerie by the time Snoop performed Akon’s uncensored “I Wanna F— You,” three-quarters of the way through his set.
Snoop’s half-hour solo portion of the show was filled with classics like Dr. Dre’s “Nuthin’ but a ’G’ Thang” and “Next Episode” as well as his own “Bitch Please” and “Who Am I? (What’s My Name?)”
Wiz emerged later to perform his newer rap favorites. Starting with “Cabin Fever,” Khalifa bounced across the stage chanting, “If you see her, point her out,” acknowledging all the “bad bitches” in the crowd. Most of Wiz’s performance was centered around mixtape material. The Taylors gave overwhelming approval and applause as Cap ran through “Gang Bang” and Kush & Orange Juice faves “Never Been” and “In the Cut.”
A brief intermission followed, during which scenes from “Mac & Devin Go to High School” played on the venue’s big screen. Snoop and Wiz then returned, this time together, performing in tandem and passing joints to and fro. First up was “That Good,” the initial collaborative “Mac & Devin” leak, on which Snoop dubs the stoner duo “the new Cheech and Chong.” From there, the Dogg launched into his classic “Gin & Juice” while Khalifa served up some ad-libs.
Wiz encouraged his young Taylors to show the elder Snoop love, while the Dogg asked the crowd to congratulate the Pittsburgh breakout on his recent Grammy nomination for Best Rap Performance, and the audience happily obliged both requests.
Though the two rocked solo songs like “Drop It Like It’s Hot” and “On My Level,” by the time Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa reached the show-closing “Young, Wild & Free,” their onstage chemistry was undeniable. Though there are a number of years between the two MCs, the duo proved that when it comes to rocking crowds, age ain’t nothing but a number.
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