I recently trekked to Northeast D.C. last Friday to Echostage (2135 Queens Chapel Road NE) to see one of my favorite hip hop artists Snoop Dogg perform. I arrived at 10:30 p.m., thinking the concert would start no later than midnight, but I was wrong.
As I entered the nearly packed venue, I walked directly to the front of the stage to claim my spot. As I danced to the sounds of classic 90s music, the hosts of the event, D.C.’s dynamic duo DJ Quicksilva and Lil Mo, took the stage to hype the crowd. Lil Mo even briefly performed her hit “Superwoman.”
Then, to our surprise, they brought out Hot 97’s Peter Rosenberg to talk about his love for Snoop and briefly reflect on his childhood growing up in D.C. He said he grew up in Chevy Chase, Maryland to be exact.
Once “The Fam” exited the stage, Snoop fans started screaming and cheering, anticipating the icon’s arrival. Little did we know that we would wait another two hours before the concert would start.
Needless to say, the crowd was very anxious. Some even started booing and a number of folks even left the venue thinking that Snoop wasn’t coming at all!
At exactly 1:15 a.m., the hip hop icon finally took the stage and the crowd went crazy. He performed some of his classic hits such as “Gin and Juice,” “Nuthin but a G Thang” and “Young, Wild and Free.”
He even did a tribute to fallen hip hop and R&B legends, 2 Pac, Biggie, Eazy E and our beloved Prince.
Although the concert started waaayy too late and he only performed for about 45 minutes, it was a great show. He performed the songs that die hard fans wanted to hear and the stage designs were visually stimulating.
In fact, watch Snoop honor Prince during his set:
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