Relaxing on a leather couch, the room and their faces drenched in red light, famous rap artists E-40, Too Short, 2 Live Crew and Snoop Dogg will raise their glasses of Dom or Hen to toast the 75th birthday of blues legend Fillmore Slim, aka “The West Coast Godfather of the Game” and “The Pope of Pimping.”
No doubt all the artists have learned a few things from the legend in the ways of women and music. They grew up with him as an inspiration, mentor and friend, and Snoop considers him a father figure. Which is why the famous West Coast rapper, who is currently “out of the country,” is trying his utmost to get to Vegas by Saturday, so that he can perform for Fillmore.
Downtown’s Icehouse Lounge may not seem the obvious choice for this event, but it’s like Snoop’s Vegas Holiday Inn, a place he can chill with four of his friends and make as small a scene as is possible when your name is Snoop Dogg and your cornrows have received more press than most people get their whole lives.
It’s also one of the only places in town that will host hip-hop. There have been some “altercations” in the past, but Bill Anderson, The Icehouse Lounge manager, says he hasn’t had any problems yet.
If you want to bet your Saturday on seeing Snoop, head to the Lounge and bring some cash. It’s $25 to get in and $45 to get upstairs, (which, of course, is where all the good stuff happens). It’s not cheap, but as Bill says with a smirk, “No one sees a Snoop concert for free!”