Snoop Dogg is a man of many talents, between his careers in music, movies and television. On Wednesday he added Jersey City Fourth of July headliner to his résumé.
The iconic hip-hop artist headlined Jersey City’s celebration, which brought out more than 100,000 people to the Hudson River Waterfront.
Snoop took the stage at about 9:20 p.m. and performed many of his greatest hits, including “Gin and Juice” and “The Next Episode.” He was joined by surprise guest Akon, known for songs such as “Locked Up” and “Soul Survivor.”
People of all ages came to see him, ranging from an older generation all the way to children still in strollers.
“He’s been in this game for so long and he’s transitioned to the mainstream,” Marley Anderson of Brooklyn said. “To experience him tonight, it’s amazing.”
Snoop Dogg, whose real name is Calvin Broadus, started his musical career in the early 1990s. In the decades since, Snoop, 46, continued to make music while also appearing in movies such as “Half Baked” and “Training Day,” changed his name to Snoop Lion and then back, and hosted the TV show “The Joker’s Wild,” among other ventures.
Snoop Dogg was not made available for interviews Wednesday.
Fans in Jersey City on Wednesday praised his ability to adapt over the years while maintaining his unique identity.
“I think it’s the fact of the matter he’s true to who he is,” Nikki Syces said. “He first came on with the gangster rap, and he’s been able to transition to more family-friendly party-type songs. I think that’s a good thing.”
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