8.04.2012

What's His Mother Fuckin' Name? SNOOP LION. Reincarnated.

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Snoop Lion at the Hoxton in Toronto Aug 3rd 2012. First live performance of Snoop - as the Snoop Lion - ever (badass, I know). Man, did he ever put on a show.

Everyone is familiar with Snoop Dogg (if you aren't I would probably be questioning my existence on this great marble right about now), but recently he has decided to switch things up a bit and go by a new pseudonym enter: Snoop Lion. The reasoning behind the name change is some bit about spiritual growth and love and everything else that goes hand in hand with smoking a ton of weed and reggae culture. Mostly I would say it's a gimmick, but this is Snoop calling the shots, and Snoop will be Snoop and we will love him all the same. 

So what's the big deal? Well, it's still the Snoop we know and love this time with a couple reggae tracks added to his set list, topped with a sprinkle of peace and love as opposed to - his oldschool Snoop DOGG self - gangs, violence, and the rest of it. Snoop Lion is all peaceful because if anyone can make lions seem peaceful.. it's Snoop. 

The show was at The Hoxton in Toronto, featured "The Jungle" which was the usual crowd, a couple of spike studded bikini clad dancers, and Angela Hunte who wrote most the Lion's new reggae movement material. The set was a nice mixture of old Snoop Dogg classics like Gin & Juice, Who Am I, Snoop Dogg, as well as newer tracks like Young, Wild, and Free (cue Jules almost crying.. no really) all glued together with the Snoop Lion's newest "La la la". Great show, great tunes, incredible.. to say the very least. 

La la la by Snoop Lion on Grooveshark
Contrary to what people may think after seeing the video (you know the one.. reincarnated) the show was definitely not child friendly in the slightest. In true Snoop fashion, he was passing joints out to the audience for us to smoke. I smoked weed that Snoop Lion smoked and handed me, how many people can say that? Not many. Taking from this - as expected - an awesome show and experience and memories for a lifetime. I really liked his fantasy jungle cut outs, they were way colorful rad. 

What's his mother fuckin' name? whatever Snoop wants to call himself today, tomorrow, yesterday, and in the future.. Whether he raps about sex, women, and violence or bounces to some classic reggae tunes and reincarnates as a lion or whatever-the-fuck animal spirit he decides. Gimmick or not, Snoop still holds it down as one of the greatest performers you will ever see.

Young wild and free by Wiz Khalifa ft. Snoop Dog ft. Bruno Mars on Grooveshark
Young, Wild & Free - Wiz Khalifa, Snoop Dogg, Bruno Mars


So what we get drunk
So what we smoke weed

We're just having fun
We don't care who sees
So what we go out
That's how its supposed to be
Living young and wild and free


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7.18.2012

Aesop Rock, Rob Sonic, DJ Big Wiz = Hail Mary Mallon @ Amoeba SF



Trecked up to Amoeba on Monday to see Aesop Rock. Having all his gear stolen the previous night before the Fillmore show, the turnout at Amoeba was quite large as it clearly encompassed much of the crowd who lost out due to the cancelled show the night prior. The room was packed with aisle upon aisle of locals as well as people who were boasting about how far they drove to come watch the show, staying extra nights in the city due to their cancelled show misfortune. Die hards do it right.

The show was, as you can only imagine, fucking off-the-chain fantastic. Props to Big Wiz who had minor problems the whole show while working with brand new gear; still rocked it. Rob Sonic also was nothing short of amazing ..and then there's Aesop who slayed and then filet'd us with his sheer intensity and charisma. As the crowd chanted lyrics off a new track Take the brain out, leave the heart in... Take the brain out, leave the heart in... the back and forth energy between the crowd and the stage alone was enough to disconnect self from brainpiece and just be part of the collective audience members throwing their arms and fists and words at the stage.

Homemade Mummy by Aesop Rock on Grooveshark
Homemade Mummy - Aesop Rock
Take the brain out.. leave the heart in

I would also like to say that seeing rap and hip hop artists live is quite an experience, and even if you aren't particularly fond of the genre - take my word for it - go see a show anyway. You'll thank me later, promise. The connection and interactivity between the artist and the stage is completely different than the vibe at any other type of show. You really just have to get your bad self out to a show - you'll thank me later, promise.

Here's a handful of photos I took and a few video clips because what the hell, why not.
As well as some tracks you should probably hear from the new album (aka the whole album...) - Skelethon - which you can download on iTunes here or listen to below.


Aesop Rock - Skelethon (full album)
 Womp womp. 
Thanks Aesop for having such a great beard and putting on a killer show. 














Today a thousand sea lions got up and left a pier
They had successfully invaded and secured for 20 years
Some said it was the food supply or shifting weather patterns
Truthfully a whole community of scientists are baffled
In '89 maybe 10 showed up at the wharf
As if guided by the trident of poseidon to cavort
Each a lumbering and boisterous glutton
Like a half-ton annoyance ‘til the heart-warming story went public
You'll need a montage, animals arriving in droves
A bottom dollar turns a nuisance to the pride of your cove
Which bring us back up to this morning when the colony dove
I got a couple unsubstantiated thoughts of my own they go
Maybe it'd feel more majestic and less fatty
If a 12 year old wasn't beaning it with salt water taffy
Every 5 fucking seconds, sounds like your basic
Liberating moment of collective "fuck fame" shit


...and then Aesop Rock jumped up and clicked his heels.