E-40 was on the money when he said that his career defies logic: Since his start with the Click way back in 1990, E-40 independently rose to prominence thanks to his hustler sensibility and wholly distinct style. With a gigantic backlog of underground classics and mainstream successes, he's done the opposite of slow down as he approaches the wrong end of 40 years old. Since 2010's excellent pair of Revenue Retrievin' albums, which dropped simultaneously, he's continued that trend and even upped the ante to a dumbfounding five full-length albums in 2012 — two with long-time co-consiprator and fellow West Coast ambassador Too $hort. $hort, the timeless dirty-rap pioneer, has continued to mine his signature freaky pimp raps to great effect. With Audio Perm and J-Fly.
Sat., Feb. 23, 10 p.m., 2013