A Smoking Double Bill at Terminal 5December 6th, 2011
Wiz Khalifa/Snoop Dogg – Terminal 5 – December 5, 2011
Passing the torch is a popular theme in hip-hop. And Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa are the most recent example of this. The two lanky rappers brought their laid-back style to Terminal 5 last night in the form of their “High School” tour, a coheadlining affair that doubled as a preview of their straight-to-DVD movie, Mac and Devin Go to High School, due out in early 2012.
Scenes of Snoop’s character introducing Wiz’s to weed (a more literal passing of the torch) and Wiz making snow angels served as a the perfect lead-in to Snoop’s 45-minute set of hits, which featured “P.I.M.P.,” “The Next Episode,” Biggie Smalls’ “Hypnotize” and more. The West Coast icon’s classic flow got the crowd buzzing, and young gun Wiz Khalifa followed suit. While his modern beats were an abrupt change from Snoop’s groovier sound, Wiz eased into his set, waiting until the end to turn things all the way up with “Taylor Gang.”
The highlight, though, was the combined set that Snoop and his self-proclaimed “nephew” did to cap off the night. The two bounced around on each other’s biggest tracks, like “Gin and Juice” and “Black and Yellow,” with Wiz Khalifa still looking almost starry-eyed as he rapped along on Snoop’s verses. Snoop kept fanning those flames, too, hyping up Wiz to the crowd like the proud mentor he’s been, as he passed one more torch (this one actually lit) to Wiz to smoke. —Sean O’Kane