Arguably the most ubiquitous aroma in the olfactory kingdom (prestigiously beating out Christmas trees, fried chicken and barbecued ribs) and placing giggle-inducing elephants in rooms everywhere, is the musty scent of marijuana.
Promoting their forthcoming Blazed and Confused tour, Snoop Dogg and tour-mates Slightly Stoopid creep into a Hollywood parking lot in a bright banana yellow convertible. The Pontiac’s hood is adorned with remarkably detailed illustrations of Lakers-legends like Magic, Kobe, James Worthy, Chamberlain, and Kareem Abdul Jabbar. And, despite the quartet appropriately glowing with the gently infamous before-mentioned scent, the group of journalists are strictly ordered to abandon any mention of weed when speaking to to the six foot plus rapper. Nonetheless, Snoop appeared jovial about his forthcoming tour:
ZIF: are there any cities in particular you’re looking forward to taking your tour?
SD: I just love rocking shows, any town that shows Snoop love, I show it right back.
ZIF: this tour is fairly diverse, it’s got hip-hop, rock, and Stephen Marley is on tour too so reggae is covered. Do you think the same kids are into all of these genres?
SD: I think so, man, you’re really getting the best of all these worlds; when it comes to reggae, the name Marley’ speaks for itself, and when its rap…you know it’s all me.
ZIF: you’ve been one of the more prolific touring rappers, how is this tour gonna be different?
SD: Just because of the diversity we have, I really think this tour is gonna be just like Woodstock.
In terms of potentially transgressional botany, Slightly Stoopid were far more candid, “smoking weed is just a way of life.” says guitarist Miles Doughty. However, aside from their excitement at roaming the country alongside irie-connoisseurs like Snoop and Marley, the group expressed a good amount of gratitude at being able to tour on such a large scale, “We’ve been playing the club scene for over ten years” says drummer, Ryan Moran. “It’ll be great to hit the road with guys like Snoop, Mickey [Avalon] and Stephen [Marley].