AceShowbiz - Snoop Dogg has paid a heartfelt tribute to his late mom Beverly Tate. Just hours after announcing his beloved mother's passing, the "Gin and Juice" rapper ended his Boston concert with a special note.
During his performance at Boston's Big Night Live venue on Sunday, October 24, the "Drop It Like It's Hot" rapper told the crowd that he decided to follow through with the show because "in the spirit of the people of Boston, [he] wanted to come out here and represent for y'all." The audience erupted into cheers, before he added, "Before we leave, we're going to play this record for my angel mom."
Snoop then started playing "Stand by Me" by Ben E. King and asked the crowd to throw two fingers in the air to create a sea of peace signs. Throughout the beginning of the song, Snoop was seen wearing sunglasses.
At one point in the clip, Snoop took off the shades and sang along to the lyrics, "I won't cry/ I won't cry/ No, I won't shed a tear/ Just as long as you stand, stand by me." He then could be heard telling the crowd, "I needed this," before pumping a fist in the air. He concluded the show as saying, "I f**king love y'all for getting my spirit right tonight. Peace, love and soul."
Even though Snoop became emotional after the show, he appeared to maintain his composure while performing. "He was very emotional after the show," Randy Greenstein, a partner at Big Night Live, told Page Six on Monday, October 25.
Randy also stated that the tribute was Snoop's idea. "We didn't know [about it beforehand]," the music venue exec said. "He just did it. He thanked our team, said he needed this show. He needed the love from the audience. It meant a lot to him." He added that the hip-hop icon never attempted to cancel and said his mom "would've wanted him to do the show."
Snoop announced his mom's death on October 24 via Instagram. Alongside a photograph of Beverly, who wore a red dress and matching hat, he wrote, "Thank u god for giving me an angel for a mother. TWMA."
Snoop's mother passed away after long hospitalization for undisclosed reasons. The rapper, whose real name is Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr., opened up about his mother's health issue in May. At that time, he said, "Sending special prayers out for my mom this morning y'all pray for her and me."
Then in July, Snoop shared an update on Beverly's condition, noting that she's "still fighting." Alongside a picture that saw him and his mom in a hospital room, the "Young, Wild & Free" spitter wrote, "Happy Sunday me and my brothers went to c mama today and she opened up her eyes to c us and let us know she still fighting."