Originally created 08/19/04

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On the town

Can't get enough of First Friday? Downtown Augusta shops, restaurants and cafes will join with the nightclubs to play host to Third Saturday festivities. There are 21 businesses participating in the event, from noon to 2 a.m., with beverage and food discounts available. The event is sponsored by the Downtown Augusta Community Alliance.

QUICK TRACKS

THE ALBUM: 213, The Hard Way (TvT)

It doesn't exactly mark a return of the G-funk era, but supergroup 213 has used its first album, The Hard Way, to nicely update the distinct Southern California sound its members helped popularize a decade ago.

Snoop Dogg, Warren G and Nate Dogg each bring the baggage of up-and-down careers to the long overdue collaboration, which is exactly the messy, frivolous ear candy we've come to expect from them.Snoop, the overexposed superstar, betrays his boredom at times while imbuing rhymes with a veteran's irony and winking wisdom."

I'm entertainin' folks," he explains on the Kanye West-produced Another Summer, before warning against gun violence by noting: "It's too hot for all that."Warren G, who has always been more of a producer than rapper, can seem stuck in 1994 with his earnest approach to lines such as "not 'cuz your beauty, it's your booty I'm attracted."

His voice, however, is as crisp as ever, and provides a perfect contrast to Snoop's languid flow on Gotta Find a Way.Nate Dogg's choruses have lifted one hip-hop hit after another up the charts, and he seems relieved to have time to sing full verses.The trio deals out some complete failures, including the sluggish, juvenile Joysticc and Lonely Girl. And they're saved by top-notch production on less lyrically interesting tracks.

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Tharon A. Giddens, features editor, at (706) 823-3347, or tharon.giddens@augustachronicle.com.