"It's no fun to bust a nut into a toaster," says Steve. What they assume that industry types don't understand, they do very well. Lonnie describes their music as, "social, political funk with elements of jazz, rock and whatever else is inspired at the moment of conception." Indeed, their influences stem from many trees of musical knowledge - Sly & the Family Stone, Al Green, Curtis Mayfield, the Clash, Sun Ra, Miles Davis, Bootsy, George Clinton, Larry Graham ("Our founding forefathers, without them we would be nothing.") Their music crosses a lot of musical boundaries, making profound sense of each one along the way. Deep, guerrilla basslines roll around straight jazz keyboards. Violins and a sax riffs into a sharp guitar solo as Lonnie spills his agitprop lyrics: "Gonna make you work, for all the things you ain't got."

Weapons unique brand of politics owes much to Lonnie's social upbringing. Their lyrics, written by Lonnie, are from the perspective of a mixed lineage, both African-American and white. It's about being able to see both sides. Still, his themes are of a "ghetto' point of view." "Cause that's where I spent most of my life. That's what I relate to."

Lonnie is gifted at putting into words what everyone in the place is thinking. Earlier this year, amid L.A.'s still tense post-riot malaise, Meganut took the stage of the King King and told the story of his archenemy "Officer Dick": "While being fitted for my first ever bullshit proof vest, I heard the self-appointed voice of authority say, 'Boy you're under arrest for transgressions against the penel code, trespassing on public property and refusal to submit to the will of God.' I said, 'Officer Dick, you can try and take me but I ain't goin' nowhere without a fight and I don't believe your puny pistol's big enough to make this me act right. That's why I can't stand fucking cops. Say it! 'I can't stand fucking cops!'" The audience replied with fervent approval, "I can't stand fucking cops!"