Snoop Dogg brings Gin and tonic for Lovebox festival fans
West Coast rapper Snoop Dogg brought some hip-hop star power and controversy to the Lovebox festival.
Joined by a guitarist, a pair of slightly-clothed dancers and a panama-hat wearing drummer, Snoop, 43, otherwise known as Calvin Broadus Jr and briefly as Snoop Lion back in 2012, kicked off proceedings with a fan favourite, sauntering on to the stage at London's Victoria Park to Tupac's California Love, before launching into his 1999 single The Next Episode.
Dressed in a crowd-pleasing England football shirt, Snoop gave the fans exactly what they wanted. He moved seamlessly between old-school classics, tributes to rappers past and his more recent hits with pop stars like Katie Perry.
The event saw two moments of relative drama. During a rendition of the 1994 single, Gin And Juice, an overexcited fan leapt on to the stage before being hurled unceremoniously back into the crowd by two Lovebox security staff.
Unperturbed, Snoop laughed off the incident then took out a suspicious-looking cigarette, puffing away happily while the crowd cheered him on.
Swaggering around the sizeable main stage throughout the evening, Snoop mustered some energetic dance moves when paying tribute to deceased rappers The Notorious BIG and Tupac Shakur.
Keen to show the Lovebox audience the full scope of his material, he even bust out a rap version of I Love Rock 'n' Roll and had the crowd singing along during his 2001 smash-hit with Whiz Khalifa, Young And Wild And Free.
As the evening drew to a close, Snoop took the opportunity to pay tribute to everyone attending the show. "Take a good look at this face," he said, briefly removing his sunglasses. "You'll be seeing it again soon," he promised, thanking the British crowd for their enthusiasm.
With his Pharrell-produced album Bush, released earlier this year to critical acclaim, Snoop clearly still has an appetite for the musical spotlight. Harking back to his 2012 Snoop Lion persona, the rapper, singer, actor and songwriter left the stage to Jammin, a homage to Reggae legend and one of his own musical inspirations, Bob Marley.
Snoop is next returning to the UK at the end of July, performing at the Kendall Calling festival in the Lake District.