October 25th, 2010 at 1:23 pm
All photos by KEVIN KINDER, NWA Media.
In front of a sold-out crowd at Barnhill Arena in Fayetteville that I would estimate at 7,000 strong, rap icon and jewelry enthusiast Snoop Dogg dropped a series of hits in an hour-long set on Sunday (Oct. 24) night. He got into the good stuff early, like during an electrifying version of a song he recorded with 50 Cent, “P.I.M.P.”
Backed by a DJ, drummer, bass player and a few other emcees, Snoop, wearing an Arkansas Razorbacks football jersey with the number “1″ on it, hit the stage as a video showing him appreciating a good smoke played on a videoboard behind him and the band.
Snoop’s performance followed a 30-minute opening set by the four emcee (and one hype man) troupe SoundChild Crew, who are based in Little Rock.
But this was the Doggfather’s show. Although he gives the illusion of a tough guy in his onstage gangsta rap antics — and rhyming — it didn’t seem any farther from the truth in real life. He took the time to pose for photos with the University of Arkansas student committee that brought the concert to campus. He also spent some time hanging backstage with several members of the Razorback football time, including a certain Heisman candidate quarterback.
Unfortunately, some security issues (suffice to say it’s a long story that boils down to confusion and miscommunication from both parties) prevented us from staying for the duration of the show. So, instead of a review, we present you with a few photos from the show.
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