Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa at Red Rocks on Colorado's first legal 4/20

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Eric Gruneisen
So yeah, there was a lot of weed on hand.
The most superfluous smoke machine in the world was employed during Wiz Khalifa's 4/20 set at Red Rocks. Partway through the Pittsburgh rapper's performance, someone backstage turned on the thing, and its output was immediately subsumed into the cloud of pot smoke cascading down from the stands.

There's weed at every Red Rocks concert, but once the rain cleared out on Sunday, the smoke blanketed the venue, blowing out over the sandstone fins that flank the stage. Unlike at the rally at Civic Center Park or the Cannabis Cup, politics and legalization barely touched the first recreational 4/20 at the venue. Instead, Snoop's Wellness Retreat stayed firmly focused on the party, and the canon of glorifying narratives that rap has built around it over the years.

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Snoop's famously laid-back flow seems impervious to both time and overindulgence, and on Sunday, he made the most of it, drawing a good chunk of his set from his early albums. The best moments came when he bit into cuts from Doggystyle like "Tha Shiznit" and "Gin and Juice", hitting every line as smoothly as he did back in 1993. The audience (few of whom seemed old enough to remember Snoop's debut) were on the lookout for nostalgia, and ate those classics up.

That hunt for nostalgia made for some of the night's weirder moments, as Snoop dove into classic collaborations whose other creators are gone. A Biggie cut dropped into the set seemed like more of a half-hearted singalong than a tribute, and it was strange to hear Snoop play second fiddle to a recording of 2Pac on "2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted."

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Eric Gruneisen
Taken in context, it's surprising how quickly some of Snoop's G-Funk pot narratives have started to feel dated after legalization in Colorado. While the black market that Snoop celebrates in his songs definitely still exists in the state, one gets the sense that its on the decline. Now anyone with a Colorado I.D. can walk into a dispensary and buy Snoop's proverbial ounce; the guy sitting next to me was rolling his joints out of a fishing fly box with his strains sorted and labeled in different compartments. The hustlers taking pot to the bank today have badges from the state and the relatively clean criminal records needed to earn them.

Not that that's enough to put a damper on Snoop's weed-infused brand. The man has preached the wonders of Mary Jane for long enough that the connection has become intrinsic, enough so that when he gave users of his iPhone photo-booth app the chance to buy a golden joint sticker for $100 last year, some people actually took him up on it.



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Aaron Duran
Aaron Duran

Actually it's the first 4/20 after legal recreational sales. The first legal 4/20 was last year.

Stephen Felt
Stephen Felt

I would have gone if it was Widespread Panic, Dark Star Orchestra or any other non-rap performance.

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

There is no legal 420--public or private…and A64 made sure that if it's fixed federally, it won't be fixed here.

Jo Ellipsis
Jo Ellipsis

thanks for keeping all the losers out there while the rest of us enjoyed Civic Center for free

Kimberly Mast
Kimberly Mast

Since when was it cool to publish pictures of minors smoking weed at a concert for adults , with a law in effect for ADULTS.... SHAME ON YOU....so apparently the WESTWORD staff must run at about a 6th grade education as well ? Nice !

Jay Cismaru
Jay Cismaru

Saw him at the Gothic theater six seven years ago it's probably better cause we're so close

Bob Dobbs
Bob Dobbs

Sorry to miss this one, but was shooting video at the Canna Cup awards for victorious clients. Too much (to do) is better than not enough, every time. Thanx for your presence Snoop Dogg Snoop Lion!

Brendan Flynn
Brendan Flynn

snoop and who? and what is with westword's obsession with crappy rap music

Ehron Moats
Ehron Moats

I was there and the whole crowd was smoking, just about.

hollywouldnt
hollywouldnt

The jumpsuit that Snoop was wearing was from French Montana's line Cokeboys. 

Steve Dibs
Steve Dibs

was not colorado's first legal 4/20. amendment 64 went through in 2012. Are we really that high? First legal 4/20 since rec. shops opened, sure, but who pays that much?!?

adam.roy
adam.roy moderator

@hollywouldnt  Thanks for the info. I don't know that that makes it any less of a weird choice for a 4/20 show, though.

hollywouldnt
hollywouldnt

@adam.roy  they're all stoners and they're all friends, so i guess it makes sense. great show, regardless! 

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