This Weekend's Top 5 Must See Shows
Friday, September 27th
Long Beach native Warren G has lived through a wild ride. Starting his career with Death Row Records and working with Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, and Tupac Shakur, Warren G established himself by aligning himself with the biggest names in the hip-hop game. His career peaked in 1994 with the single "Regulate" from his album Regulate...G Funk Era. Nearly two decades later, Warren G is set to release his long awaited followup, Regulate...G Funk Era pt.2, sometime this year. He plans to hang up his mic for good after the album comes out, so this string of shows could very well be his last.
Saturday, September 28th
Bay Area legend Too $hort isn't known for his tact. The 47 year old rapper still spits with some of the greatest lyricism of our generation. Take, for example, hims singing "gotta get a b**** to get my d*** s***ed." Charming. The rapper has an impressive rap sheet of collaborators; his latest work with Lady Gaga is barely in the ballpark of the hip-hop heroes he's been associated with. (Tupac and the Notorious BIG, along with east coast moguls P-Diddy, and Jay-Z.) Partially responsible for the rise of Lil B, Too $hort's label Up All Night has also signed a slew of other local Oakland rappers.
With their popularity peaking in the early '90s, The Lemonheads are long past their prime, but they bring up a lot of fond memories. (We grew up on their album It's A Shame About Ray) With the resurgence of grunge and the current '90s nostalgia, this band will probably still be left behind. Their most popular song, a cover of "Ms. Robinson", will forever go down as a more obscure and well-kept secret. However, this string of shows may be the last chance their few fans left have to see them.