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Snoop Dogg (AKA Snoop Lion)

by The Staff on July 10, 2014

Upstate Concert Hall, Friday


It’s a good thing rap names aren’t legally binding. Otherwise, Calvin Broadus would have one hell of a time filling out paperwork at the DMV. Originally minted in Compton as Snoop Doggy Dogg, Snoop Dogg built a career on blunted West-Coast flows like “Gin and Juice” that came to define early gangsta rap. But he’s always been a shapeshifter. And his latest shift has taken him across genre and species lines. Dubbed Snoop Lion by reggae legend Bunny Wailer in Snoop’s recent documentary Reincarnated, Broadus put out a Diplo-produced reggae record last year and hasn’t really dropped the shtick. (June 11, 9 PM, $39-$42, 1208 Route 146, Clifton Park, 371-0012