SAN FRANCISCO — On the first day of the appropriately titled I Wanna Thank Me tour, Snoop Dogg brought long time collaborator and friend Warren G to the Fillmore.
“Hello San Francisco, do you know what my name is?” he chanted over and over at the start of his show.
The tour is named after his new career introspective album, I Wanna Thank Me, released last August on Doggystyle/Empire Records. The album found Snoop Dogg cruising through 28 years of classic tunes. With more than 20 albums to his name, Snoop explored each stage of his legacy. From the early DeathRow years after being championed by Dr. Dre to the Geffen years when he adopted a more mainstream sound, he has been an iconic figure in the hip-hop scene for nearly three decades.
He threw down a gauntlet of iconic songs Monday. With provocatively dressed dancers spinning around on poles arranged on the stage, he performed the Akon-featured track “I Wanna Fuck You” to the crowd’s delight.
When the backup dancers were off the stage, Warren G joined Snoop on stage for a handful of songs, including a touching tribute to his late 213 partner Nate Dogg on “So Fly.” Later in the evening he ran through a medley of tributes to other fallen MCs like Eazy-E, Biggie Smalls, Tupac and Mac Dre.
After bringing it back to his Doggystyle roots, Snoop eased his way through fan favorites like “Gin and Juice” and “Who am I? (What’s my name).” He finished the show with newer single “One Blood, One Cuzz,” written about the death of rapper Nipsey Hussle, as well as an a capella rendition of “Young, Wild and Free,” with fans singing along.
Although he slyly credits most of his success to himself—at least according to his acceptance speech for his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Snoop Dogg has always kept his friends close and given them credit where it’s due.
That includes Warren G, who has ridden with Snoop since the early ’90s. Like the headliner, Warren G also played a key part in creating the West Coast G-funk sound. Oddly enough, he didn’t play direct support for Snoop at the Fillmore, instead letting San Francisco’s Berner to perform a longer set. Los Angeles artist RJMrLA , whose name is Rodney Jerome Brown, Jr., opened the concert.
With emcees hailing from Los Angeles up to the Bay Area, this show was a west coast hip-hop fans dream come true.
Snoop Dogg will continue the I Wanna Thank Me tour through the end of January.
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