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North Coast Music Festival: Snoop Dogg, Dada Life, Floozies, Zeds Dead, and others 

When: Sun., Aug. 31, 1 p.m. 2014
Price: $69, three-day passes sold out
These days Snoop Dogg is retiring his hip-hop persona to make reggae as Snoop Lion, but in the late aughts he starred in Snoop Dogg’s Father Hood, a comedy-of-errors reality show that followed him as he taught his kids soccer, attempted to grasp yoga, and tackled other mundane tasks. In other words, Snoop is deep in the bumbling-father twilight of his career, a la Ozzy Osbourne—given his current status as a goofy pop-culture icon, it’s almost hard to remember that he was one of the first gangsta-rap superstars. When Snoop appeared on Dr. Dre’s 1992 debut solo album, The Chronic, he was the stand-out personality: a 21-year-old Crip, in and out of jail, he embodied the public’s notion of Compton’s gang culture with his tough image and hard-core lyrics. With his own debut, 1993’s Doggystyle (produced by Dre, always his finest collaborator), he not only proved that he had massive crossover star power but also that he was one of the greatest rappers of all time: he was brilliant, hilarious, and intimidating, and his flow had a singsong catchiness and impossibly smooth coolness that nobody’s quite matched before or since. Over the past two decades, the quality of Snoop’s recorded output has fallen off steeply—the realness in his lyrics is totally gone—but his huge persona and his ease on the mike still make him an excellent live performer. —Luca Cimarusti This set is part of the North Coast Music Festival; 9 PM, 312 Stage.

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