To put it bluntly, Snoop Dogg and Eminem's performance at the 2022 MTV VMAs was a smoke show.
The concept from the two rappers' June music video was expanded upon during their metaverse-inspired performance of "From the D 2 the LBC," which is found on Eminem's 2022 album, Curtain Call 2. The performance took place in Otherside, a virtual reality space within the metaverse.
Snoop and Eminem kicked off their performance relaxing on a couch with a massive joint in Snoop's hands.
"Hold on. Oh my God, bro, how'd you get that in here?" Eminem asked in amazement.
Snoop nonchalantly replied, "I got connections. Don't trip."
Almost immediately, the smoke sank in, and while Eminem complained that it would cause him to relapse, the two were transported from the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, and into the metaverse, where they were morphed into hyperreal versions of themselves, complete with the trappings of the Bored Ape Yacht Club.
A digital replica of the VMAs stage launched Snoop and Eminem through space as they switched between their human and Bored Ape Yacht Club simian forms. This allowed them to perform on top of the MTV logo, from a convertible, inside a pinball machine, and at a pier threatened by glowing-eyed Kodas, another Otherside NFT creation.
At the end of the performance's metaverse segment, the two digital performers returned to the virtual VMAs stage, where they switched between the Detroit skyline (complete with 313 area code and an "8 Mile" sign) and the Los Angeles skyline (featuring the 213 area code).
As the rappers' smoke-enshrouded selves woke up on the couch, they took the stage to end the performance in the flesh, with the wondrous worlds they'd visited throughout their metaverse trip hovering over them.
The Snoop and Eminem show created such a lasting impression that when Cheech & Chong (Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong) approached the stage a short while later, Chong said, "It smells like Snoop Dogg."