Snoop Dogg announced his arrived in Springfield on Friday morning by posting a video on Instagram of an older black female wearing a muumuu, walking along Adams Street downtown. “My mama used to walk around the living room like that, time to clean up when she come out with this shit on,” said Snoop in his now-removed video, nicknaming the woman “Madea.”
Friday evening, Snoop and friends Do or Die, Twista and Warren G performed in front of an eclectic mix of people at the Illinois State Fair Grandstand. However, Dogg Pound and DJ Quick were not in attendance as initially promoted.
It’s been nearly three decades since Snoop rose to fame after being featured on Dr. Dre’s solo debut album, “The Chronic,” and some in the audience appeared to be dedicated fans of both the singer and chronic. Other fans in attendance weren’t even born yet when “Doggystyle” was released in 1993.
Snoop’s most recent album, “Snoop Dogg Presents Bible of Love,” debuted at number one on the Billboard charts last year and represented his first Gospel music offering. However, his Grandstand appearance was classic Snoop, and based on the numerous attendees sporting weed-themed clothing items and engaging in “puff, puff, pass” during the show, that’s exactly what they wanted to see.
Snoop opened his portion of the show from the backstage area while smoking a blunt before coming out and tossing it to the crowd, creating a minor frenzy for fans trying to find it. While the show wasn’t a complete sellout, there weren’t many seats left empty in the grandstand and the track was packed with people. The Illinois State Police troopers stayed busy issuing warnings, but were clearly outnumbered by people who had come to smoke with Snoop and celebrate the upcoming legalization of recreational marijuana.