Snoop Dogg was warmly welcomed upon his arrival in Scotland ahead of his performance at the OVO Hydro. Stepping off the plane, the rapper was met by bagpiper Ross Ainslie from Perthshire, who played a rendition of his and Dr. Dre’s 1999 hit ‘Still DRE’.
The rap icon enthusiastically described the performance as ‘amazing’ and flashed a thumbs-up before hopping into a people carrier to continue his journey. He even shared his joyful dance on the tarmac with his social media followers.
Despite only having a day’s notice, Ainslie, a seasoned piper who has previously performed at Celtic Connections, gladly took the opportunity to showcase his bagpiping skills for the American rapper.
Snoop Dogg has a special fondness for Scotland, given his family’s ties to the area. He has graced various traditional festivals in the past and is an outspoken supporter of both Celtic and Rangers football clubs.
In a video clip, Snoop can be seen grinning and clapping along to the bagpipe performance, describing it as ‘incredible’ and giving Ainslie a hearty thumbs-up in appreciation.
Ross Ainslie, an accomplished piper with a history of performing at traditional festivals like Celtic Connections, has collaborated with diverse artists, including Snoop Dogg.
Snoop’s Scottish connections will bring him back later this year for his ‘Doggmanay’ tour, spanning London, Dublin, Leeds, and even Sydney’s Australian State Theatre on July 31st.