Snoop Lion in da house

2013-05-20 13:19
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Durban - There was neither gin nor juice to be seen when Snoop Lion ordered his breakfast this weekend. Instead, the American rapper tucked into fried chicken and boiled eggs to start his day.

Snoop Lion, previously Snoop Dogg and whose real name is the rather wordy Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr, opted to take his morning meals in the comfort of his suite at Durban's Beverly Hills Hotel.

A waiter at the hotel – where Snoop and his entourage took over the entire top floor ahead of his performance in Durban on Saturday – commented: "That man loves his chicken."

Tour demands

Snoop Lion has undergone a metamorphosis in the past year, changing his name, embracing Rastafarianism and singing reggae rather than rap.

At a press conference on Friday, he fielded many questions from journalists about his radical identity shift.

"It was more about a journey, finding myself spiritually and musically. As a rapper, I wasn’t able to do it. Right now, I’m able to do it and it’s the way I’m living now," he explained.

His "love and peace" attitude seems to extend to his tour demands – unlike some international stars who make outlandish requests of concert organisers. Snoop's previous tours make for easy reading.

He is famous for requesting buckets of fried chicken, rolls, vanilla ice cream, a room big enough for 12 people, a PlayStation and a huge flatscreen TV on which to play video games.

Then there's the thorny issue of security – his is always tight, since his famously dope-loving lifestyle has before put him on a collision course with the law.

There were a few hiccups ahead of his performance at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on Saturday night, but none which directly affected the ever-smiling superstar.

Late arrival of Mi Casa

The Fashion by the Sea show on Friday was planned as a precursor to Saturday’s megabash, but had to be cancelled because of rain.

The fashion show was to be held outdoors at Moyo on Durban's beach front.

The cancellation didn't bother anyone because the accompanying party, which was held indoors, went ahead as planned.

The only person who took it personally was designer Gavin Rajah...shame, poor guy.

The only false note at the party was the late arrival of Mi Casa, who were scheduled to play at 21:00 but only arrived at 01:00 after more than half the guests had already left.

The party faithful decided to stay away from the stage where the house band performed, hanging out in the general area and listening to hip-hop.

Snoop Lion performed at Ellis Park Arena in Johannesburg on Sunday and is set to perform at the Grand Arena at GrandWest Casino in Cape Town on Tuesday, 21 May.

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