Too $hort, Chillest Illest, Steady the Boss, Maniac Lok

When: Sat., Nov. 17, 8 p.m. 2012


One of the most enduring figures of West Coast hiphop, Too $hort was just 20 when he dropped his seminal 12-minute-long narrative about a young woman named Blow Job Betty, who enjoyed her favorite pastime so much that she refused to accept compensation, despite $hort's best efforts to monetize her skills. More than 25 years later, he's made consistent forays into the spotlight—the third chorus of "The World Is Filled..." on Biggie's Life After Death is a standout—but he's never left his beloved Bay Area underground for long. His 19th album, No Trespassing, came out in February and features cameos by 50 Cent and Devin the Dude, among others. You have to admire his tenacity, and his swagger is still 100 percent intact, but he hasn't matured any. That's fine, except that Too $hort is at his finest when he tells a great story, and not one of these approaches the charm of "Betty." REBECCA WILSON

Price: $25

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