Video Vault: 5 Classic Snoop Dogg Performances of Doggystyle Songs

Words by Daniel Isenberg (@StanIpcus)

Snoop Dogg’s classic album Doggystyle celebrated its 20th anniversary this past Saturday, and though we spent the weekend looking back at the making of another West Coast LP that coincidentally shares the same 20th anniversary date, Del the Funky Homosapien’s No Need For Alarm, we’d be remissed if we didn’t take the opportunity to revisit Snoop’s dynamite debut before the statute of rap blogging limitations on anniversary posts is up. No matter what part of the country you were from, Doggystyle was popping in your hood, and don’t front like it wasn’t. I’m from New York and we listened to that shit every day for months and months after it dropped, and it’s still in rotation. Snoop was the biggest rapper on the planet when Doggystyle was released, and twenty years later, nothing’s really changed. He’s still out here making music, acting, hosting his own talk show, and much, much more. Let’s face it, Snoop Dogg’s still the coolest cat in the game.

So to properly pay homage to Snoop’s Dr. Dre-produced magnum opus, we put together this Video Vault collection of 5 Classic Snoop Dogg Performances of Doggystyle Songs. Whether he was on the MTV Video Music Awards or The Arsenio Hall Show, overseas or around the way, Snoop always tore the stage down, especially when rapping hits off his debut. Watch below for proof.

Bow wow.

1. Snoop Dogg ft. Dr. Dre “Who Am I (What’s My Name)?” Live at the Soul Train Awards (1994)

With the help of his homie Dr. Dre, Snoop took the stage at the Soul Train Awards in 1994 to break the audience off a chunk of “Nuthin’ But a ‘G’ Thang” before getting into Doggystyle’s first single, “Who Am I (What’s My Name)?” Peep the lowrider on stage with the hydraulics bouncing along to the beat. Now that’s gangster.

2. Snoop Dogg “Gin and Juice” Live on The Word (1994)

In 1994, Snoop brought his Long Beach sound overseas to perform the second single off Doggystyle, “Gin and Juice,” on the late night UK television program The Word. The whole scene is like a psychedelic version of The Grind, with people on stage dancing while crazy graphics spin wild in the background reminiscent of some sort of Austin Powers dream sequence. Check for Daz on the wheels of steel, too, and Kurupt holding down the hypeman role.

3. Snoop Dogg “Tha Shiznit” Live on The Arsenio Hall Show (1994)

Snoop’s been on Arsenio a few times in his day, including recently, when he popped up to perform “Who Am I (What’s My Name)?” and celebrate the return of the late night talk show living legend. But back in the Doggystyle days, Snoop took The Arsenio Hall Show stage to perform “Tha Shiznit.” The song was never released as a single, but it’s certainly a fan favorite off the album, and this is a #veryrare television rendition of it, beeyotch!

4. Snoop Dogg “Murder Was the Case” Live at the MTV Video Music Awards (1994)

One of the more famous television performances from his career, Snoop pulled up on a wheelchair, backed by a church choir, to perform his Doggystyle cut “Murder Was the Case” at the 1994 MTV Video Music Awards as his own highly-publicized murder trial loomed over his superstar career. It’s a historic moment, as Snoop declares at the end of the song emphatically, “I’m innocent,” letting the MTV audience know that though life often imitates art, their favorite West Coast rapper was only guilty of murdering Dr. Dre instrumentals.

5. Snoop Dogg ft. Kurupt, Daz, and Nate Dogg “Ain’t No Fun (If the Homies Can’t Have None)” Live at the House of Blues (1996)

During 2Pac’s last recorded live performance at the House of Blues on July 4th, 1996 in Los Angeles, Snoop made a lengthy guest appearance to perform a few of his greatest hits alongside his Death Row partner-in-rhyme. And to make it a full-on family affair, Tha Dogg Pound (Kurupt and Daz) and Nate Dogg joined Snoop for a turnt up rendition of “Ain’t No Fun (If the Homies Can’t Have None).” It’s awesome to see the whole DPGC on stage having a blast together like this, performing their timeless Doggystyle party anthem. RIP 2Pac and Nate Dogg.

*Bonus* 2Pac ft. Snoop Dogg “2 of Americaz Most Wanted” Live at the House of Blues (1996)

This song isn’t from Doggystyle, but damn, it’s so ill to see Snoop and Pac go back and forth on stage performing their gangster duet “2 of Americaz Most Wanted” we had to include it as a bonus. Now this is how you close out a rap concert.

Photo via MTV.

Previously: The Making of Del the Funky Homosapien’s No Need For Alarm | Video Vault: The Top 20 Rap Videos of 1993