Snoop Doggwith Kurupt, Tha Liks, Soopafly, Daz, Tha Eastsidaz, Butch Cassidy and Tha Angels at the Air Canada Centre's Sears Theatre (40 Bay), Wednesday (October 10). $49.50. 416-870-8000. Rating: NNNNN
Although a number of larger package tours have been put on hold, there's no slowing the roll of Snoop Dogg's Puff Puff Pass show, featuring his Dogg Pound posse Kurupt, Soopafly and Daz. Especially now since Snoop's former Death Row label boss, Marion "Suge" Knight, is back on the streets after serving four years of a nine-year sentence on weapons charges.
During his time at California's Mule Creek maximum security prison (north of Sacramento), Knight made no secret of his displeasure with Snoop's defection from Death Row to No Limit after Knight had bankrolled Snoop's multi-million-dollar murder trial defence. Said Knight to an Observer reporter, "Snoop has a lot to learn about loyalty."
So terrorist threat or not, it's understandable that Snoop would much rather take his chances flying than risk bumping into an angry Knight at the South Central Roscoe's House of Chicken 'n Waffles.
And while Snoop is using this tour to launch his new blaxploitation-style horror flick, Bones (co-starring Pam "Foxy Brown" Grier), opening October 24, Knight is also using the opportunity to release Tha Dogg Pound 2002 (Death Row) disc, a collection of Dr. Dre-produced vault holdings featuring Snoop, Nate Dogg, Xzibit,2Pac, Jay-Z, Beanie Sigel and Memphis Bleek, followed by Death Row's Greatest Snoop Dogg Hits on October 23. Once a playa, always a playa.