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Snoop Dogg And Eminem’s MTV VMA Metaverse Performance - Disaster?

On Sunday, August 28, famous Bored Ape Yacht Club NFT holders Eminem and Snoop Dogg performed their newest single as their Bored Ape personas at MTV Video Music Awards.

The performance started with both artists lighting up a big joint and transforming into their bored ape avatars.

Last week, Eminem announced that he would be performing his new song with Snoop Dogg, "From The D 2 The LBC," from "within the world of the Otherside metaverse," making it clear that the performance will be bright and extravagant.

However, their metaverse performance did not resonate with the VMA audience on Twitter.

Table of Contents

#1 - About the Performance

#2 - Fans Weren’t Stoked About The Performance

#3 - Did the Performance Meet Expectations? Our Thoughts


About the Performance

Rap icons, Eminem and Snoop Dogg performed their new song "From the D 2 the LBC" live on stage at Sunday night's awards presentation in New Jersey, bringing the metaverse into the real world.

The performance started with Snoop,50, sitting on a black leather sofa and appearing to smoke from a huge joint prop next to Eminem, 49.

Eminem looked shocked and asked his longtime partner, "Yo, hold on. Oh my God, bro! How'd you get that in here?"

"I got the connections," Snoop chimed in.

"Yo man, I feel like you're getting me high again, bro," Eminem replied. "That s---'s the size of my hand, dawg. That s---'s gonna make me relapse." (The rapper has been sober for 14 years).

The two then got "fake high" and were whisked away to a virtual world where their cartoon avatars smoked marijuana and performed the song with characters from the Bored Ape Yacht Club NFT collection, who previously appeared in the music video for "From the D 2 the LBC."

Halfway through the performance, Snoop Dogg and an outfitted-in-a-fur-coat Eminem returned to the VMAs stage to wrap up the song.

You can watch the complete performance in the video below.


Fans Weren’t Stoked About The Performance

Audience members at the VMAs weren’t so excited with the Zuckerberg-like presentation by the two great rappers.

Users on Twitter made jokes about the performance, comparing it to the hip-hop video game Def Jam: Fight for NY and declaring that the metaverse will “never slay."


Did the Performance Meet Expectations? Our Thoughts

The performance from the two a-listers left much to be admired. For one, the graphics weren't what you'd expect regarding how we feel the metaverse should be. It mostly looked like a roughly composed animation series with no "yay" moments.

Nonetheless, we're still in the early phase of the metaverse, and everything can't be perfect from the start. Overall, we can count this as a win because it has helped create more awareness about the potential of web3. After all, bad publicity is still publicity.


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