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Too $hort

Mon., Dec. 22, 9 p.m.
510-444-7474
Too $hort
Too $hort has emerged as an emblem of West Coast rap and Bay Area regional trends in three distinctly different decades. First, with Born to Mack and Life is … Too $hort in the late 1980s, which showed the Oakland rapper’s deft handle on funk grooves beneath an understated flow saturated with lascivious subject matter, and then in the early 1990s when tracks such as “No Love from Oakland” created a pimp-rap template that artists such as 100s adhere to today. A spate of collaborations followed, with Too $hort appearing on Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac tracks, among others, and making inroads with the Southern rap scene while living in Atlanta. Back in the Bay Area, his 2006 release Blow the Whistle contained one of the hyphy era’s most recognizable tracks, and Too $hort eventually teamed up with another regional rap figurehead, E-40, for an impeccable and didactically titled pair of albums: History: Mob Music and History: Function Music in 2012. Too $hort, who appears at The New Parish (1743 San Pablo Ave., Oakland) on Monday, earned the professorial tone long ago. $25 - $30
The New Parish 579 18th St., Oakland (map)

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The Jet Set

, Wednesdays, 9 p.m.
510-451-4677
The Jet Set
The son of a Guatemalan mother and Salvadorian mother, Erick Santero grew up in Panama and Costa Rica, studied in Puerto Rico and Cuba, and poached a lot of his musical knowledge from Latin scenes in New York. So it's no overreach for Santero to say he gets around Latin America, or that he tends to eschew borders. His fan base is centered in the Bay Area, for sure, but it's also spread throughout the Latino diaspora, as is his palette. As a DJ, he's known for mixing contemporary hip-hop with vocal samples filched from Cuban singer Celia Cruz, bachata rhythms that originated in the Dominican Republic, and cumbia styles of the Caribbean. His weekly world music party, called The Jet Set, features grooves from throughout the Americas, as well as parts of Asia and Africa, with a rotating lineup of guest DJs. Every Wednesday at Luka's Taproom (2221 Broadway, Oakand). 8 p.m., free. LukasOakland.com free
Luka's Taproom & Lounge 2221 Broadway, Oakland (map)

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Motown on Mondays

Mondays, 8 p.m.
510-891-8660
Motown on Mondays
Prozack Turner has certainly made good on his promise to “avoid the Top-40 hip-hop trap” at Legionnaire Saloon, his new Uptown bar. The venue’s parties showcase a wide variety of genres — disco, country, and more — and it recently began hosting one of the Bay’s longest-running weekly events, Motown on Mondays. Started in San Francisco in 2009, Motown on Mondays has since spread to Los Angeles, New York City, Austin, Honolulu, and now Oakland, and brings together young and old fans with its mix of Sixties soul, doo-wop, and R&B. At Legionnaire Saloon (2272 Telegraph Ave., Oakland), DJs have included Pam the Funkstress of The Coup and J-Boogie, and this week will feature DJ Fuze of Digital Underground. Fuze helped produce some of Digital Underground’s biggest hits, including “Freaks of the Industry,” “Doowutchyalike,” and “The Humpty Dance,” and has collaborated with Tupac and The Luniz, but he’s also made a name for himself as one of the Bay’s most eclectic cratediggers, amassing a collection of soul, house, and world music. Expect him to dust off some of his best records for the occasion. free
The Legionnaire Saloon 2272 Telegraph Ave., Oakland (map)

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Fuzic

Fourth Friday of every month, 9 p.m.
510-832-4400
Fuzic
Every fourth Friday, DJ Fuze — best known for being a member of seminal Oakland hip-hop group Digital Underground — takes over the sound system at Era Art Bar (19 Grand Ave., Oakland). He knows his stuff — he produced for Tupac and worked with artists like The Luniz, Goapele, and Dave Chappelle. And although Fuze’s background is in hip-hop, he also spins R&B, soul, disco, and funk. At his monthly party at Era, he incorporates sounds from the Caribbean, Latin America, and Africa into his set as well. With such a diverse array of music, you won’t be bored. $10
Era Art Bar and Lounge 19 Grand Ave., Oakland (map)

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