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Have you ever attended a hip hop gig where you were reluctantly dancing because the moves just wouldn't come naturally? We had little idea that such a feeling existed and then we attended American rapper Snoop Dogg's gig at Leisure Valley in Gurgaon on Sunday.
Dressed in a rather jarring olive green sherwani and a Rasta cap, his hands sporting mammoth rings and a swarovski-studded microphone, the 41-year-old rapper came on stage with a bang. A montage of his photographs and videos played on the big screen and war music welcomed him on stage, as did a few thousand music revellers who shouted and jumped in joy. The less than 90 minutes long performance, no doubt, began on a high note. What the gig clearly lacked was consistency and energy, though Dogg must be credited for the sheer variety he brought on stage ó from popular tracks such as Drop it like it's hot to his Bollywood debut Shera di quam Punjabi from the 2008 film Singh is Kinng .
Four songs into the performance and we contemplated leaving, as Dogg was done with his most well-known tracks. Recorded tracks with Dogg rapping his parts, accompanied by some gorgeous dancers and a moon-walking teddy bear on stage was fun to watch for a while, but by the time fans would get into the groove, the song would be over. We did move to Gin & Juice, Sensual Seduction, I want to f*** you and Young, wild and free, and were impressed with the Tupac Shakur number Gangsta Party, but it was a tad disappointing when his DJ played Tu mera hero and Dogg rapped on Dum maaro dum. We like you for who you are, Snoop, there's no need to wear a sherwani and dance to Bollywood numbers.