The Mount Kushmore tour stops in Seattle on Thursday, April 13, at WaMu Theater.
There are few artists in popular music who have enjoyed the length, breadth and seemingly joyous career as the Long Beach, California-born Calvin Broadus, aka Snoop Dogg, who will perform at the WaMu Theater on Thursday, April 13.
Snoop will be joined by a handful of friends on his “Mount Kushmore Wellness Retreat” tour — names that speed the hearts of ’90s hip-hop fans everywhere: Method Man, Redman and Cypress Hill. While all of these prestigious performers regularly showcase skillful verse spitting and lyricism, they are also bound by the appreciation of one other thing: marijuana — one of Washington’s most well-known (and recently legalized) crops.
Woven throughout the artists’ music, including some of their most well-known songs — like Cypress Hill’s bouncy “Hits from the Bong,” Snoop’s smooth “Gin and Juice” and Method Man and Redman’s classic “How High” — is a love of weed.
Snoop Dogg, Method Man, Redman and Cypress Hill
With special guest Berner, 8 p.m. Thursday, April 13, WaMu Theater, 800 Occidental Ave. S., Seattle; $42 (ticketmaster.com).
Since Seattle is the first stop on the “Mount Kushmore” tour, which started as a two-day festival, no spoilers are available. The group’s sets will likely play on related themes though; the tour celebrates “music, cannabis and the wellness.” They might even dip into politics, if Snoop’s latest video is any indication.
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Last month, the rapper found himself embroiled in hot water over his video for the song “Lavendar,” which tackles police violence and racism. In the video, a clown resembling Donald Trump is “shot” by Snoop with a fake gun — a “bang” flag protrudes. While some considered the video satire, others, like President Trump, called for punishment. “Jail time!” POTUS tweeted.
Nevertheless, this controversy has not hindered Snoop’s seemingly unstoppable creative momentum — in fact, it’s likely helped fuel the buzz around the current tour and his upcoming album, “Neva Left,” set to be released in May. Snoop also recently launched his latest venture, the media platform Merry Jane, which covers marijuana news and releases pot-related digital content. He’s also the star of VH1’s “Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party.”
As for the other performers on the “Mount Kushmore” docket, it’s been rumored Cypress Hill will release a new record, “Elephants on Acid.” Redman and Method Man, who have earned international success as a duo and solo performers, last released an LP together in 2009, the acclaimed “Blackout! 2.”
Thursday will likely wow and inspire fans who have bumped Snoop, Cypress, Red and Meth in cars, at parties or in headphones. For many, it will be like seeing their favorite rap playlist come to life.