Snoop Dogg's Live Webshow on Ustream


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  1. Anonymous says:

    This Boing Boing page was open on my computer for the longest time while I was doing something else. I hadn’t even read the post yet.

    Hours of silence go by and then suddenly my computer starts playing music and speaking to me. For no reason. I wasn’t even touching it!

    You cannot imagine how disconcerting this was to me while reading just peacefully reading Sandman comics. I thought I was going crazy!

  2. Anonymous says:

    I left my computer running with the BoingBoing main page open in the browser. Three hours later the Snoop Dogg stream spontaneously started in its embedded window. I was at the other end of the house at the time and it mildly freaked me out.

    • Antinous / Moderator says:

      Three hours later the Snoop Dogg stream spontaneously started in its embedded window.

      Me too. It took me a while to figure out that my neighbors hadn’t suddenly become fans of gangsta rap.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Weed is dangerous as it gives you a false sense
    of security that everything is…!

  4. David Carroll says:

    I am not a fan of Snoop Dog, but anytime I have tripped over his interviews, he strikes me as a rather bright guy. He may be on to something.. Not sure what yet.

    Xeni: As to your claim of living a drug free existence: Bravo! Sadly the following clip betrays you:

    We kid because we love of course! ;{)

    • Xeni Jardin says:

      @David Carroll,

      He may be on to something

      No, he may be ON something.

      Xeni: As to your claim of living a drug free existence: Bravo! Sadly the following clip betrays you


      I can quit chocolate ANY TIME I WANT!

  5. Mindpowered says:


    But in say comparison to, it’s as you say, pretty minimal, and minimal interaction. It’s a functional interface like the dell or a congressional twitter stream.

    I suppose the uniqueness is that fact that it’s free as opposed to pay per view. But I can’t see more than handful of celebs doing this off the cuff like snoop, as most of them are very strict about their brand and prefer a much more structured environment.

  6. Anonymous says:

    It’s just what Warhol would have done if the internet was around back then. That’s all.

  7. Kris says:

    Is this really significantly different than JenniCam from back in the day? Basically she was doing nothing in particular all day long and people paid to watch her. Many of those people paid because they might get to see boobs, but that mostly didn’t happen.

    The similarity, I think, extends to the idea that people watch these things because they want to “experience” hanging out with these people. Could there be a better person to Hang Out with than Snoop? You couldn’t actually, you know, DO STUFF with Snoop (see also: energy level on loads of weed), but you could certainly Hang Out.

    As for the format, it seems to be a re-emergence of the JenniCam.

  8. Anonymous says:

    I don’t know the answer either although I fear that this IS the beginning of a new kind of media…one that is over-exposed and offers far too much intimate information about people.

  9. dculberson says:

    Pretty neat. Not just a webcam. Unless the Tonight Show is “just” a coffee klatsch.

    I worry, though, that his smokey habits might get him in trouble. It’s live, and surely the police know where he lives. Isn’t that enough evidence for them to search his house? I hope not. I’m not a fan of his, but I don’t wish him any harm.

  10. Ratdog says:

    Oh no…

    Xeni is a chocoholic?

    My role model is an addict…

    Well, If they find me lying in an alley covered in Hershey’s, I’ll just say I wanted to be cool like Xeni…

  11. danpaluska says:

    i like the non snoop dogg people who are just hanging out in the room and the stream continues.

  12. Michael says:

    I just watched a guy on TV talking on the phone to somebody explaining that he was on live TV and the other guy on the phone could go watch it.

    Xeni, this is freaking weird. I think you’re right.

  13. markfrei says:

    For some reason it reminds me of Gene Scott…

  14. Rob Beschizza says:

    Just testing.

  15. halfvenus says:

    @dulberson: The intern held up two different containers of medical marijuana at one point last night in response to a “what are you smoking” question. It’s prescribed, it’s California.

    I happen to think Snoop is a shrewd man.

  16. theawesomerobot says:

    Since when is pot a drug? I think I’d be more weary of caffeine personally.

  17. Anonymous says:

    Xeni, do you drink alcohol?

  18. Anonymous says:

    “weary of caffeine” – I love it! It resonates on so many levels!

  19. MikeyHammond says:

    Notice you’ve never seen Snoop angry. Ever.

    And Xeni, you’re my hero.

  20. Takuan says:

    you never drink….wine?

  21. Richard Metzger says:

    My wife tuned into this the second she saw the link on Xeni’s Twitter. “Come in here, you HAVE to see this!”

    The amount of viewers goes from dozens or so to hundreds, then a few thousand almost instantly –fun to see happen– and then Snoop seems totally incredulous, like “Why the snizzle are all these people hopping in here just to see me smoke blunts?”

    Well, Mr Dogg, that was pretty much precisely the reason. It was, as pointed out here, a totally Warholian moment. But my god was it hilarious to see it just after Xeni’s Twitter and then his reaction, classic. He’s just like “What?” and they all start laughing about it.

  22. halfvenus says:

    It’s midnight my time and they are still going. There is something meta meta here. Snoop is not a gay fish.

  23. UncommonSense says:

    I thought he would’ve given up the ganja after he joined the Nation of Islam. You mean that was just a stunt?

  24. Ratdog says:

    Weird. I just found this. But you can only comment from twitter?

  25. jim says:

    Seems that someone watching the video called in a (probably) fake report to the LAPD about Snoop having his dead wife’s body in his house. Wonder if they were hoping to watch Snoop get arrested live online? Like your own private episode of Cops.

    Here’s the report on TMZ,

  26. Antinous / Moderator says:

    I want pan and zoom.

  27. Mindpowered says:

    It’s umm…. pretty ummm… yeah.

    But isn’t this about 15 years past new media prime?

    Like aren’t there billions of webcams I can watch of people doing every conceivable thing (albeit only small fraction of them being Snoop Dogg related?)?

    Or perhaps Lady XJ has been indulging in the chronic.

    • Xeni Jardin says:

      @Mindpowered, first, I don’t do drugs, period. It’s an important personal lifestyle choice for me.

      Second, you have to step back a few paces and just observe this as an interesting media moment.

      I’m not saying webcams per se are earth-shatteringly new, or that this is even “good” programming, but that’s the whole point. There is no programming! It’s celebrity observation at the most base, most minimal, most simple expression.

      It’s a convergence of a few interesting factors, involving a persona who’s already very well-exposed in every imaginable flavor of “old” media.

      This is a moment, I’m just not sure what moment yet.

  28. pinehead says:

    If he keeps this up, he won’t be releasing any new albums in the future. Can you imagine that? Snoop goes from his current status as a world-famous rapper to just another stoner hanging out in his basement, vlogging, telling people “dude you need to hear this song… it like, speaks to me.”

    Every so often, a commenter will helpfully point out that he needs to wipe the Cheeto crumbs off the camera lens.

    Sorry. It just seems too tedious to last very long. Surely a guy like Snoop would have more pressing matters to attend to than rotting in front of a computer. I think he’s just toying with a direct marketing idea.

  29. Antonio Lopez says:

    Warhol redux.

  30. Ratdog says:

    @ commonsense

    I think this is different. I mean, this is pretty different than Panda Cam, or some other mere mortal with a web-cam. This is someone people would pay to watch do stuff live. In fact, this could be the beginning of a new craze.

    I hope Bill O’reilly does it, then I could get in an argument with him. Probably ask him how often he actually “does it live”. He’d probably block me though.

  31. weatherman says:

    “It’s a convergence of a few interesting factors”

    No, it’s actually just a webcam.

  32. UncommonSense says:

    @ ratdog

    I think you’re addressing Mindpowered’s comments. I was just wondering if Louis Farrakhan would approve.

  33. Anonymous says:

    Yeah! Snoop Dog is in Da House!

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  35. StRevAlex says:

    I prefer the SubGenius rapper: Poop Bobby-Bob.

  36. FreakCitySF says:

    cam izzle? it is an amazing level celebritydom.

    I remember about 5 years ago watching a cam of a sunset on the Cannes France hillside while I sat in my SF place. The cam owner was a husband of a minor radio celebrity. Celebrities have a magnetic pull on common folks. I want to be a part of that lifestyle but I will never be but I have to keep watching to find out “what happens next”.

  37. fg says:

    Wow. A webcam.

  38. InsertFingerHere says:

    Video won’t load for me, but no matter… I see that same reflection in my monitor, only I’m white and can’t play music.

    I think if you had a feed from someone big… how about.. Bill Gates.. and he came on every few hours for random lengths of time, told some good stories about the old days, a few jokes… I bet there would be a large amount of people tuning in all day for those nuggets.

    Of course, some service will come along and just YouTube the juicy parts.. but.. you can get anyone to stare at something on a screen if they know that at any second, without warning, something is going to happen.

  39. Matt Katz says:

    @insertfingerhere – this is the casino effect. Just give people a result every random number of tries and they’ll play forever.

    I find this kind of surreal, like if you lived next door to snoop and had a common window, this is what would faintly trickle into your life.

  40. Ratdog says:

    @ Uncommonsense

    Yeah, I just noticed. You’re right. I meant @mindpowered.
    I must be really out of it.

  41. UncommonSense says:

    #26 says: “Notice you’ve never seen Snoop angry. Ever.”

    Sure. A former member of the Crips, who advocates the pimp lifestyle, was charged (though acquitted) with accessory to murder in the death of Phillip Woldermarian, and arrested @ Heathrow Airport for violent disorder following a brawl that injured seven officers. Hey, come to think of it, I’ve never personally seen Charles Manson angry either. Didn’t he smoke pot too?

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