Nightlife Agenda Pick of the Week
Time has flown by, but it's been 15 years since Dr. Dre unveiled "The Chronic," the most influential hip-hop album of '90s. Packed with P-Funk samples, gangsta boasting and endless dissing of Eazy-E and Tim Dog, the lyrical highlights of the album were delivered by a gangly newcomer from Long Beach named Snoop Doggy Dogg. His drawling, sing-song vocals and clever wordplay made him a huge hit -- his CD "Doggystyle," was the first debut album to enter the charts at #1, and "fo' shizzle" entered the national lexicon. Despite brushes with the law and some questionable career choices -- hosting a "Girls Gone Wild" DVD? Seriously? -- Snoop's managed to keep himself in the spotlight. He's playing down the gangsta image these days, marketing himself as a jovial, almost grandfatherly pimp, though he keeps making hits with the likes of Akon and R. Kelly. Snoop hasn't touched Washington for a few years, but he's performing Saturday at Love. The lines will be around tha block, so get there early, and it's a smart idea to pick up tickets in advance.
It's a long weekend, and the Nightlife Agenda column is packed with ideas: swing dancing next to the Potomac River, album release parties for Justin Jones and Travis Morrison, Chuck Brown's birthday party, a blowout marking Trinidad and Tobago's Independence Day -- even a crew of Israeli DJs.
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