Too Short, Greedy Ent Early Warnings (Music) Recommended Soundboard Image

When: Fri., May 3, 9 p.m. 2013

Todd “Too Short” Shaw’s 1988 album, Life Is . . . Too Short, was one of the first rap records to offer a mainstream audience a regionally specific twist on hip-hop rather than simply replicating what was going on in New York or LA. Unlike NYC rappers, who at the time seemed to be competing to see who had the densest flow, the Oakland-based Shaw had a playfully light on-mike presence; unlike the gangsta rappers popping up 400 miles south, he typically preferred cartoonish sleaze over cartoonish violence. (That gleefully hedonistic vibe has typified the Bay Area scene ever since.) Life Is never reached critical mass with the pop crowd, but Shaw’s giddily salacious raps and electro-funky beats have made it an almost universally loved record in hip-hop. Things have been looking better for Shaw than they have in years, despite a recent arrest for drug possession—a wave of young artists who grew up with his work, including Kid Cudi and Cassie, have offered him featured spots on their own songs. And he’s repeatedly proved that he’s still got it. —Miles Raymer Too Short is joined by Minneapolis group Greedy Ent.

Price: $25, $50 VIP, $100 VIP with meet and greet

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