Snoop Dogg honoured his late mother at a DJ set in Brooklyn, joining the audience for a singalong to Ben E. King’s ‘Stand By Me’.
Snoop told the crowd: “I wasn’t even gonna come out here and perform tonight ’cause my mother passed away earlier tonight, but in the spirit of the people of Boston, I wanted to come out here and represent for y’all because this is what my mama would have wanted me to do.”
Afterwards, the rapper said: “I needed this. I fucking love y’all for getting my spirit right tonight. Peace, love and soul”. The show took place mere hours after Tate’s passing.
On Sunday, the rapper announced his mother had passed away, on Instagram. In a tweet, he wrote “Thank u god for giving me an angel for a mother”, sharing a photo of his mother, Beverly Tate, holding a bouquet of flowers.
Tate had been hospitalised earlier this year for undisclosed reasons. Numerous other musicians have shown their support for Snoop, with Cardi B writing “Sorry Uncle Snoop. Love and peace to your family”.
Tate has previously been credited as the reason why Snoop Dogg, real name Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr., adopted his moniker. The rapper was a fan of the Peanuts cartoon growing up, and his parents would frequently refer to him as ‘Snoopy’.
Snoop Dogg has announced his upcoming project ‘The Algorithm’, which is due to be released in November 2021. The album will include collaborations with a number of Def Jam Recordings artists, including his supergroup MOUNT WESTMORE, which he formed with Ice Cube, Too Short and E-40.
MOUNT WESTMORE released their track, ‘Big Subwoofer’, on October 20.
In a statement, Snoop Dogg teased what fans can expect from his new album: “There’s so much talent on this record,” he said, adding “So many styles of music, it breaks the algorithm. Right now, the algorithm is telling us you have to rap this way, you have to sound this way, but they’re not telling you how it’s supposed to feel. My algorithm is going to give you a feeling, not a sound.”
Next year, Snoop Dogg will join Kendrick Lamar, Mary J. Blige, Eminem and Dr. Dre for the Super Bowl LVI halftime show in February.