Too $hort at Yoshi’s

Too $hort at Yoshi's by Dan Dion
Too $hort at Yoshi’s by Dan Dion

As part of my new ongoing work for Monster Cable here in the Bay Area, I work with the “Famous Monsters” – celebrity endorsers of our pro musical equipment and headphones (including Beats by Dr. Dre, which are the best headphones I’ve ever heard.)  So you’ll be seeing more shots of musicians with headphones and other Monster gear.

Last Saturday Night I shot Oakland hip-hop legend Too $hort at Yoshi’s in San Francisco, the first of four sold out shows that weekend. It’s great to hear a rapper in a venue with good sound, so that all the (in this case raunchy) lyrics can be heard.

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Too $hort at Yoshi's by Dan Dion
Too $hort at Yoshi’s by Dan Dion
Backstage Portrait of Too $hort at Yoshi's by Dan Dion
Backstage Portrait of Too $hort at Yoshi’s by Dan Dion
Too $hort at Yoshi's by Dan Dion
Too $hort at Yoshi’s by Dan Dion
Too $hort's Vocalist at Yoshi's
Too $hort’s Vocalist at Yoshi’s
Too $hort at Yoshi's in San Francisco by Dan Dion
Too $hort at Yoshi’s in San Francisco by Dan Dion
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50 Cent in San Francisco

50 Cent
50 Cent

June 3, 2010
50 Cent at the Warfield Theater. Gotta say I’m never that impressed when I see 50. He doesn’t really sing and he doesn’t play any instruments, just a lot of posing and shouted rhymes. He was on time, but about a dollar short. I was reminded of a time in 2002? that I shot him and Jay-Z at a show in Sacramento, and the disparity between them as artists was so huge.
The togs were in the pit with a three song limit, but I swear it was only two when they pulled us out of there. Hip-hop is one of the hardest genres to shoot, since the MCs are moving fast, all over the stage, and constantly have the mic in front of their face. Coupled with the obligatory baseball cap, which blocks light from the face, it’s a perfect storm of difficult conditions. Did I mention twice as much security in the pit with you? Hectic.

50 Cent ©Dan Dion
50 Cent ©Dan Dion
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