“When I got home and watched it on playback, I thought it was the greatest shit ever,” he said. “Being there, it felt like the greatest concert of all time. When I first came out, that meant a lot to me that Dre would let me come out first. The first vocal was me.
“To let me kick that off and have enough confidence in the D-O Double to say, ‘OK. The biggest moment of my career, I trust the D-O Double. He’s going to lead off, and then he’s going to come back at the end of the ninth inning.’ You’ve got to walk the dog back out … boom boom boom, and have all the Crip Walkin’. You know what I’m saying? It’s the West.”
Snoop Dogg Said “Jay was the first one that came to the dressing room”
“Jay was the first one that came to the dressing room when I got offstage,” he said. “We had [300 Entertainment CEO] Kevin Liles in there. Kevin Liles had Jay on FaceTime, trying to show him where we was at. So then he came down, and soon as he came in he hugged me.
“We hug each other tight. It was as if we won a championship. Like, you know when you’re genuinely happy for each other? People don’t understand, me and him are the ones. He’s the one on the East. I’m the one from the West.”
It wasn’t just nostalgia for fans that West Coast gangsta rap was back on the big platform. It was also a nostalgia for artists. The legendary rappers performed confidently, and their faces were full of happiness and longing. At the same time, rappers of the same generation were just as happy in the stands or on the screen.