Snoop Dogg is canceling his Hollywood Bowl shows in solidarity with the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strike. The rapper announced the cancellation of his Doggystyle 30th anniversary concerts to aid in the support of the writers and actors who are seeking better contracts from networks and streamers.
“We regret to inform you that due to the ongoing strike and the uncertainty of when this will be over, we need to cancel the Hollywood Bowl show,” the rapper shared in a statement via Instagram. “We continue to stand in solidarity with all of our brothers and sisters in the WGA and SAG/AFTRA during this difficult time and remain hopeful that the AMPTP will come back to the negotiating table with a REAL proposal and we can all get back to work.”
The concerts were originally scheduled for June 27 and 28 but the rapper later announced that the concerts be postponed to Oct. 20 and 21 before canceling it all together. “We gotta move that date. Me and Dr. Dre, we stand in solidarity with the writers,” he said per Rolling Stone. “So make sure you get your tickets to stay on point and stay on deck.”
That same week, Snoop supported their efforts during a conversation at the Milken Institute Global Conference.
Snoop has been vocal in recent weeks on how he stands with the writers. He also addressed how the music industry takes advantage of artists with low streaming payouts.
“We need to figure that out the same way the writers are figuring out… The writers are striking because streaming, they can’t get paid,” he said at the Milken Institute Global Conference referencing how it also ties into the lack of music streaming compensation. “Because, when it’s on the platform, it’s not like in the box office. In the box office, if it does all these numbers, you may get an up — ‘Oh, it did this many, here’s another check.’ But on streaming you got 300,000 hours that somebody watched your movie. Where’s the money?”
Snoop has an upcoming Yankee Stadium event alongside other rap legends. They will be celebrating the 50th year of hip-hop on its anniversary Friday, August 11. No word on if the rapper will be backing out of that performance.