Like the Trans Siberian Orchestra during November and December or American flag muscle tank tops during Fourth of July, Snoop Dogg’s big stoner holiday show has come to define stereotypical weed culture in the state.
He had opening help from 2 Chainz, a self-professed everyday smoker who warmed the developing crowd through a spat of rain. Then A$AP Rocky tried his hardest to bring the full amphitheater to another level. He played old and new tracks, bouncing and pacing through all of them, spitting a showing-stopping rapid-fire verse and managing to get a some frozen, damp hands in the air.
“This is a free place, man,” he said. “I’m high as f—. I hope ya’ll high too.”
That was all great, and certainly better if you were up close and warm, but there was no doubt that what everyone was really (s)toked for was Snoop Dogg and the hits.
He didn’t shy away from his own hits, or anyone else’s hits. Besides running deftly through “Gin & Juice,” “P.I.M.P.,” “The Next Episode,” “Nuthin’ But a G Thang” and more, he half-covered Biggie and Tupac back-to-back and busted out his verses from Jason Derulo’s “Wiggle” and Katy Perry’s “California Gurls.” He paid homage to the day, too, asking for a “moment of silence for a chronic break,” and shouting, “Colorado, this is our anthem,” before leading a singalong of the “Young Wild and Free” chorus a few times. There were lesser-known songs, but nothing that could only be identified by a big fan. It wasn’t even a lazy trot through the jukebox. Snoop sounded good and had plenty of energy despite smoking out of something that looked like an AK-47.
And you know what? Good for him. There’s no sense in pretending Fiddler’s Green was packed in the wet and cold for anything other than what Snoop brought. There were absolutely people there who prefer A$AP or 2 Chainz, and people who know more of Snoop than just the hits. That would all be much more important under other circumstances. But this is a holiday, and you want to hear Snoop Dogg’s “Gin & Juice” on 4/20 the same way you want Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas” on Christmas. The whole production was cliché, but holidays are cliché, and we love it.
In the end, you’re at that show for one reason, and that’s to take a giant puff with Snoop’s parting words: “Smoke weed, motherf—ers.”