Last Night: Scarface & Digital Underground's Shock G at Warehouse Live

Arts, Beats & Lyrics feat. Scarface, Shock G, DJ Lord, Clyde "The Funky Drummer" Stubblefield & Mansions on the Moon Warehouse Live September 27, 2012

How to guarantee a successful event:

Step 1: Select an appropriate venue to accommodate your guests.

Step 2: Diversify your guest list to include a wide spectrum of interesting people.

Step 3: Keep the drinks flowing.

Step 4: Showcase the best music talent.

That formula was perfectly executed by Gentleman Jack (the more refined big brother to traditional Jack Daniel's whiskey) Thursday night for the Art, Beats & Lyrics party at Warehouse Live. They also included an assortment of paintings, photographs and sculptures artfully displayed throughout the party, elevating the mood to quite classy.

Both the ballroom and studio of the venue were filled wall to wall with smartly dressed and polite art/music lovers.

Master turntablist DJ Lord of Public Enemy fame kicked things off as the crowd made their way inside. Beside his hip-hop pedigree, Lord is also a skilled Drum & Bass and dubstep mixer, often blending the two genres in his shows. Legendary percussionist Clyde "The Funky Drummer" Stubblefield followed the DJ, making beats that would make James Brown boogie in his grave. Many of the breaks sampled from the old funk records that B-boys use to battle were first played by Stubblefield.

The newish Los Angeles band Mansions on the Moon delivered two performances Thursday night. The first was their signature electronic downtempo rock that was surprisingly well-received by the crowd.

Seeing old-school hip-hop fans delightfully rock out to hipster music was a beautiful sight to see. The trio smoothly grooved with a nice and easy flow highlighted by moody stage lighting. Later in the night, they served as the backup band for Mr. Brad Jordan.

Shock G is one of those hip-hop figures who is both instantly recognizable and completely adored, yet often forgotten. The tattoos on his arm referenced his history, naming Tupac, The Luniz, Digital Underground, and Murs. A master songwriter and arranger, Shock has put his stamp on some of the best and funkiest tracks to come from the West Coast.

He began in character as Humpty Hump, complete with his pronounced plastic nose, opening with "Kiss You Back". he told us that he's been suffering from a severe 100+ degree fever, "But it doesn't matter how I feel, this night is about how y'all feel."

And Shock/Humpty is all about feeling good. "The Humpty Dance" was met with loud cheers of approval and laughter caused by his antics. He shifted to the keyboards where he masterfully played beloved old school tracks such as "I Got 5 On It," "I Get Around" and "So Many Tears." He surprised us with a moody rap/poetry version of Nirvana's "Nevermind" by before ending with "Freaks of the Industry."

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When he's not roaming around the city in search of tacos and graffiti, Houston Press contributor Marco both writes and points his camera lens toward the vibrant Houston music scene and beyond.