By Paul Russell
11/25/2002 8:00:06 PM
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MTV report that Snoop Dogg ignored the persistent chanting of "Hit the bong!" from the crowd at the Smoke Out festival on Saturday. He then asked the crowd, "What bong?" and shortly after the 20-foot apparatus that members of Cypress Hill and host Tommy Chong had been toking on earlier was pulled out. Snoop later left the stage without having inhaled any of the chronic smoke! His set ended a full day of performances by artists such as : Everlast, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Slash and Linkin Park DJ Joseph Hahn.
Snoop Dogg arrived via armored vehicle well after 1:00 a.m. - with Warren G, a skull-masked homey, security guards and several other hanger-ons all dressed in some shade of blue! Snoop hit the stage with "Murder Was the Case," then went through his "Death Row", "No Limit" & "Doggy Style Records" back catalogue. Around 20,000 people in the crowd rapped along to nearly every word until the bong came out...Snoop, wearing a wide smile, casually left the stage.
Snoop said backstage that it was a "personal invite" from B-Real that brought him to the fifth Cypress Hill Smoke Out, held this time at the Los Angeles Coliseum : "Me and him go way back, he played on my new record, he played the congas on it. We family like that. This is an annual event for him. I'm local. I'm in the 'hood. So it's a good thing, I appreciate [the invitation]."
Cypress Hill member B-Real spoke on the event and Snoop's sobriety : "Each year you got to try to step it [the show] up. I think it's cool that he [Snoop] would still do it, because it shows that he may not smoke it, but he's still down with the people who recognized him as being one of the frontrunners, as well as Cypress Hill, to pump that whole movement. So for him to be here with us, and Tommy Chong as well, it's great, man."
Surprise performers Bone Thugs-N-Harmony were one of the many acts who praised "Jam Master Jay" : "[Jam Master Jay], Left Eye, every time something like that happens, we always think about Eazy-E [and] all of the fallen soldiers in the game, It's tragic, but unfortunately, it's part of life.", Wish Bone said.
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