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Connected & Respected Featuring E-40
May 31, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm MST
Connected & Respected Featuring E-40 With Special Guests Tha Dogg Pound, 2nd II None, Bad Azz & More Friday, May 31st
Vinyl Entertainment presents the Connected & Respected tour featuring E-40 with special guests Tha Dogg Pound, 2nd II None, Bad Azz and more at 8 p.m. on Friday, May 31st at the historic Celebrity Theatre.
Since E-40’s storied rap career began three-plus decades ago, the Bay Area legend has continually made his presence felt, whether it was through his role in defining hip-hop on the West Coast to the incalculable amount of slang terms he brought to the rap game. Initially an underground artist, E-40 rose to mainstream popularity in 2006 with his hit single “Tell Me When To Go” produced by Lil Jon. He has released 27 studio albums to date, appeared on numerous movie soundtracks, and has done guest appearances on a host of other rap albums. E-40 founded his legendary imprint, Sick Wid It Records in 1989, and the label remains a force to this day. More than simply one of hip-hop’s style icons, E-40 also left his mark with a dynamic pen game. Using his trademark off-kilter flow and some nimble rhyming, E-40’s been bodying verses before he even dropped his debut solo album, Federal, back in 1993. As hip-hop’s resident in-the-know Uncle, he’s still going strong in 2019 and beyond.
Of the many legendary rappers to have called Death Row records home, few had as big of an impact as Tha Dogg Pound. Comprised of bi-coastal duo Kurupt and Long Beach native Daz Dillinger (formerly known as Dat Nigga Daz), the group first appeared with the then-monikered Snoop Doggy Dogg on Dr. Dre’s The Chronic, the 1992 smash that launched Death Row Records. Tha Dogg Pound also appeared on Snoop’s multiplatinum 1993 debut Doggy Style and went on to top the album chart with their own debut Dogg Food two years later. In 2006, Tha Dogg Pound along with Snoop Dogg released their official reunion album Cali Iz Active. Tha Dogg Pound Gangstas documentary called DPG Eulogy was released in 2005.
Hailing from Hawaiian Gardens, California is a member of The Dogg Pound Gangsta Crips, Bad Azz. He had a guest verse on the Tupac song “Krazy” in 1996 before debuting on Priority Records in 1998 with Word on tha Streets. His sophomore effort spawned the 2001 hit single “Wrong Idea” featuring Snoop Dogg, Kokane and Lil’ ½ Dead. In 2014, Bad Azz released a music video for the song “Baby Wut’z Up” featuring Turf Talk. His latest album The Nu Adventures of Bad Azz was released in 2018.
In the early 1990s the Compton, California duo 2nd II None burst onto the scene with their self-titled debut album. Produced by DJ Quik, 2nd II None introduced the rap world to fun-loving rapper-cousins KK and Gangsta D. Twenty-plus years later, 2nd II None released a greatest hits album featuring classics like “If You Want It,” “Didn’t Mean To Turn U On,” “Up ‘N Da Club,” “Be True To Yourself” and “Let The Rhythm Take You.” In 2008, their 1994 unreleased album Tha Shit was leaked on the internet.
Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets ($25, $35 and $45) are on sale now at Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., in Phoenix, or online at www.celebritytheatre.com. To charge by phone, call 602-267-1600 ext. 0. All tickets are subject to facility and ticketing surcharges. All ages welcome.