When Too $hort, the Oakland legend who started hustling tapes way back in 1983, first performed in New York City, he was almost booed off the stage. Things done changed, of course, and these days $hort classics like “Burn Rubber” and “Blow the Whistle” get play on the Rub and Hot 97 and have been co-signed by 50 Cent and Jay-Z, so expect a warmer welcome when he headlines at Hell’s Kitchen’s Stage 48. Just don’t be surprised if that first tape is older than half the crowd. With Greedy, Reggie Mills, Stacc Decc, and Chipz da General.
Thu., May 2, 6 p.m., 2013