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Thursday, January 10: Warren G @ Martini Ranch
[Note: This Show Has Been Postponed]
Sounds like a Yoda quote, but it ain't: "Party We Will Throw Now!" is a 2012 single by Warren G, featuring the dearly-departed Nate Dogg and The Game, and it starts with these lines: "As I travel/This lonely gangsta road/Just me and my Negroes/We still got bomb hydro."
It's silly, yeah, but over the same kind of plush G-funk the trio sounds passable, and occasionally -- during Game's verse -- pretty heavy. It's a necessary reminder of why the dude's vital -- it was sort of easy to forget how smooth and potent "Regulate" was as Warren has spend the past couple years peddling male enhancement pills and slimming down on VH1's Celebrity Fit Club. But just hit play on "Regulate," with that velvety sample of Michael McDonald's deep groove "I Keep Forgettin' (Every Time You're Near)."
It's a mission statement as much as it's a hit, a sort of national album for the soulful, funky hip-hop style that "Party We Will Throw Now!" strives for. "Big girls put on small clothes," Warren sings, "A party we will throw." If his upcoming release nears the heights of the single, it might even be a party with showing up for. - Jason P. Woodbury
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