Spoilers ahead for the April 19 episode of The Voice on NBC.
The Voice kicked off the Season 20 Knockout round, inducting music legend Snoop Dogg into The Voice family, as the contestants faced off against members of their own team one last time before the Live Playoffs. There was little doubt the rap legend would bring the entertainment, but I was just as excited to see the advice he would dole out to the artists. Let’s check out the best moments from Snoop’s first night as Mega Mentor on The Voice.
Between some of the unexpected comments he dropped, the advice he gave, and freestyle rapping along with The Voice band during a break between musicians' rehearsals, he's off to a very good start on the show. Here are some standout moments so far!
"Heavens To Murgatroyd"
There’s never a bad time for a Snagglepuss reference, right? The Hanna-Barbera callback wasn’t the first thing I thought when I heard Dana Monique’s rehearsal for her Knockout choice, “Nutbush City Limits” by Tina Turner, but when Snoop Dogg’s in the house, all bets are off.
Heavens to Murgatroyd! I felt Tina in here for a minute.
Dana Monique, from Nick Jonas’ team, brought the house down, getting a rare standing ovation from all four coaches, and danced into the Live Playoffs after getting the D-O-double-G to show some moves of his own during the rehearsals.
Snoop Holding Back His Tears
Two of the artists in the first night of the Knockouts brought Snoop to the emotional edge. Corey Ward on Kelly Clarkson’s team sang Clarkson’s hit “Already Gone,” which had the songwriter — who was back after her Battle Round absence — in tears over the emotion Ward put into it, but Snoop Dogg stayed composed.
One thing about my emotions. I held my tear right here, and pushed it back up. And told him to hold on till commercial break.
Later on, when Pia Renee of John Legend’s team dedicated her song, “What the World Needs Now Is Love”, to her mother who recently passed, Snoop admitted to feeling the emotion of the moment again.
Yes Lord, I’m holding this tear back right now. I’m trying to hold it. I’m trying to hold it.
Both Corey Ward and Pia Renee advanced for their respective teams, seemingly proving if you can make Snoop tear up, you’re doing something right.
Snoop Pushed Contestants To Feel The Emotion
Snoop Dogg’s first Mega Mentor appearance wasn’t all 420 jokes and dancing. The music legend connected with the artists’ emotions and gave really good advice, enjoying the musicians' willingness to take notes and implement them immediately. When Andrew Marshall of Blake Shelton’s team dedicated “I Won’t Give Up” to a friend he’d gone through chemotherapy with, Snoop’s words were touching after a first rehearsal came up lacking.
In the beginning, just picture the beauty of your friend hearing this song. You’ve got to become these lyrics to where we feel what you’re saying, we don’t hear what you’re saying. Don’t even pay attention to us. Sing it to him.
He gave similar advice to Keegan Ferrell on his rendition of The Temptation’s “Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me),” saying this was Ferrell’s chance to make people feel how he used to feel listening to that with his dad. And on a night that featured two songs by The Temptations, Snoop gave a shout-out to the generation that keeps those hits alive.
Shout out to your dad for playing that real gangsta music. Shout out to the real dads in the house.
Not only did the singer himself get credit from the legendary Snoop Dogg, but also his dad for playing that music in the first place!
He Was All About The Old School Country
When Team Blake member Ethan Lively was introducing himself to Snoop Dogg, revealing his deep baritone voice and equally deep twang, the rapper’s eyes got … probably as wide as they ever do.
Man, I love your voice, dawg! You went old-school country when you started talking on me. Damn!
It only got better when he found out the singer with that classic sound is only 17-years-old, saying that he "got more bass to get in place." Not a bad comment to get from none other than Snoop Dogg!
Honorable Mention: Blake Drops It Like It’s Hot
It’s not exactly a Snoop Dogg moment, but the opening of The Voice showing Blake Shelton dancing around to Snoop’s hit “Drop It Like It’s Hot” was everything you’d want and expect from the longtime coach and cowboy. Take a look for yourself.