Were you looking forward to seeing what West Coast G-funk pioneer Warren G on Thursday, February 10? Looking forward to seeing if he could bring that old hutzpah to classics like "Regulate" and the curiously titled "Party We Will Throw Now?"
Well, we were -- we crowned the guy king of our weekly Top Five Must-See Shows to See This Phoenix list -- but we've got bad news: According to Martini Ranch's website, the Regulator/Affirm XL male supplement-salesman/Celebrity Fit Clubber has postponed this week's show.
There's not a lot of info on the site, but the show has been postponed "until further notice."
Which is a shame. Here's what we had to say about his latest single (a writeup that will unfortunately be included in this week's print paper, cause we sent it to the printer before realizing the show had 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.
We'll bring news of Warren's rescheduled show -- if and when -- as soon as we get it.