Shorty B

Shorty B

 Bedford, Indiana, USA
BandPopHip Hop

A mix of pop and rap with more emphasis on a melodic, pop sound.

Biography

In 2010 Shorty B released her first major recording project simply entitled, "Shorty B". The CD was produced by Dave Cocalis of Bloomington Recording Company.

"Music is like therapy, a release, touching my soul." Shorty B, southern Indiana writer/performer/rap artist, finds inspiration, ideas and rhythm from the laundry room to the 11 o'clock news. With influences from Elton John to Eminem to John Mellencamp, Shorty weaves sweet melodies and percussive vocals into living stories that entertain and stir the emotions. Shorty credits her "need to express" for finding her voice in rap. Since 2005, Shorty's works have placed in industry contests including VH-1 Song of the Year and Billboard's Song and World Song Contests.

In 2011, Shorty has been selected to showcase at the "Invasion of the GoGirls" during SXSW in Austin, TX. She also showcased at the Indiegrrl Music Conference in August 2010.

Lyrics

The Down Low

Written By: Shorty B.

Let's keep it on the down low
Keep it cool keep it real slow
We got all night so let's do it right
We on our way to the big show

Hangin out at home just watchin the tube randy's the dawg simon's just rude
they're trying to decide who's the next idol paula's on meds she's jekyl and hyde-l
yo dawg! throw me a bone here I need a break for my music career
I’m stuck in Bedford doing the 9-5 it keeps me going but don't keep me alive
been doing this a long time seems like forever writin the music and workin on my rhymes
I'm doing my best but I get so frustrated I really want it bad but I got obligations
you know what I’m saying I still keep praying but in southern Indiana there's not a lot to play in
I keep doing my thing hoping to come out on top writing these rhymes while they get in the crop

Let's keep it on the down low
Keep it cool keep it real slow
We got all night so let's do it right
We on our way to the big show

people look at me like I’m strange when I tell em I’m doing the hip hop thang
they think its all gangstas, pimps and thugs, drugs and plugs and firing slugs
its true I ain’t about all that but I still got somethin to say about this and that
I like the music and the chorus and other things you might find in your thesaurus
use your brain man not your guns put away your gats and save your sons
I don't have a snowball's chance in hell of making it here so I might as well
turn off the amps and mics…. pick up my gear and take a hike
I love the landscape of these rolling hills but opportunity aint on this bill

Let's keep it on the down low
Keep it cool keep it real slow
We got all night so let's do it right
We on our way to the big show

You're the Boss

Written By: Shorty B.

INJUSTICE! THAT'S WHAT I CALL IT
I WORK HARD FOR YOU AND I GET NOTHIN'
NO KIND WORD, NO APPRECIATION
THEN YOU WONDER WHY THERE'S DO DEDICATION
ONCE UPON A TIME I WAS IN FAVOR
NOW YOU'VE MOVED ON TO THE NEXT FLAVOR
HOW LONG WILL THIS LAST NOBODY KNOWS
ONLY ONE WHO WINS HAS THE BROWNEST NOSE

CAUSE YOU'RE THE BOSS
I GOTTA DO WHAT YOU SAY
I DON'T HAVE TO LIKE IT BUT I WANT MY PAY
I HATE THE WAY YOU TREAT ME ONLY TIME WILL TELL
BEFORE I JUST TELL YOU
TO GO TO HELL
YOU'RE THE BOSS
I GOTTA DO WHAT YOU SAY
I NEED A PAYCHECK THAT'S WHY I STAY
I HATE THE WAY YOU TREAT ME ONLY TIME WILL TELL
BEFORE I JUST TELL YOU
TO GO TO HELL

UH
YOU'RE THE BOSS

YOU DON'T HAVE TO THANK ME FOR DOIN' MY JOB
BUT A SMILE WOULD BE NICE WHEN GOING ABOVE AND BEYOND
I TRY REALLY HARD TO GET AHEAD
BUT ALL YOU DO IS MESS WITH MY HEAD
ONE DAY I WAS LATE CAUSE MY CAR WOULDN'T START
THAT AIN'T NO CRIME, YOU COULD HAVE A HEART
I HATE WHEN YOU LOOK AT ME LIKE I'M DISGUSTING
YOU THINK YOU'RE HIGH AND MIGHTY WHEN IT’S MY ASS YOU'RE BUSTING

CAUSE YOU'RE THE BOSS
I GOTTA DO WHAT YOU SAY
I DON'T HAVE TO LIKE IT BUT I WANT MY PAY
I HATE THE WAY YOU TREAT ME ONLY TIME WILL TELL
BEFORE I JUST TELL YOU
TO GO TO HELLCAUSE YOU'RE THE BOSS
I GOTTA DO WHAT YOU SAY
I NEED A PAYCHECK THAT'S WHY I STAY
I HATE THE WAY YOU TREAT ME ONLY TIME WILL TELL
BEFORE I JUST TELL YOU
TO GO TO HELL

YEAH, THAT'S RIGHT
YOU'RE THE BOSS
WHATEVER

DAY AFTER DAY IT’S THE SAME OLD SHIT (I FEEL LIKE I'M WHIPPED)
(MY SPIRIT IS STRIPPED)
DON'T KNOW WHERE I STAND MY HAT'S IN MY HAND
GOD ONLY KNOWS IF I'LL GET CANNED
YOU'RE COLD YOU GOSSIP YOU'RE LIKE JEKYL AND HYDE
YOU MANIPULATE, HUMILATE, DICTATE AND YOU LIE
YOU SAY I AIN'T PLAYIN FOR THE TEAM
HOW WOULD YOU KNOW YOU'RE TOO BUSY REAMIN ME

BUT YOU'RE THE BOSS
I GOTTA DO WHAT YOU SAY
I DON'T HAVE TO LIKE IT BUT I WANT MY PAY
I HATE THE WAY YOU TREAT ME ONLY TIME WILL TELL
BEFORE I JUST TELL YOU
TO GO TO HELL
CAUSE YOU'RE THE BOSS
I GOTTA DO WHAT YOU SAY
I NEED A PAYCHECK THAT'S WHY I STAY
I HATE THE WAY YOU TREAT ME ONLY TIME WILL TELL
BEFORE I JUST TELL YOU
TO GO TO HELL

Summertime

Written By: Shorty B.

ITS SUMMERTIME AGAIN AND YOU KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS

TIME TO PUT ON SHORTS AND LOSE THE BLUE JEANS

ALWAYS TAKES ME BACK TO ANOTHER TIME WHEN

MY LIFE WAS MORE SIMPLE WE WERE IN OUR PRIME

LET'S HEAD ON OVER TO THE SOFTBALL FIELD

WHERE THE LOCAL TEAMS ARE TESTING THEIR SKILLS

WHEN THE GAME'S OVER WE'LL PILE UP IN THE CAR

NOT TOO MUCH TO DO HERE SO WE WON'T GET VERY FAR

DRIVE AROUND THE SQUARE OR GET SOME ICE CREAM

EAT IT TOO FAST AND MAKE YOUR BRAIN FREEZE

WE'RE STICKY AND SWEATY AND WE NEED TO COOL OFF

IT'S 89 AFTER DARK...AND THAT'S TOO HOT!

SUMMERTIME....(SUMMERTIME) AS I REMEMBER

HANGIN' OUT JUST TRYIN' TO STAY COOL

GOIN' TO THE DRIVE-IN OR THE SWIMMING POOL

THAT'S SUMMERTIME

SITTIN' ON THE FRONT PORCH DRINKIN' ICED TEA

SOMETIMES IT WAS JUST MOM AND ME

THAT'S SUMMERTIME

LET'S TAKE A ROAD TRIP UP TO B-TOWN

DRIVE UP 37 WITH THE WINDOWS DOWN

TURN UP THE RADIO AND SING ALONG OR

POP A TAPE IN AND DO OUR FAVORITE SONG

SEE LIGHTENING ON THE HORIZON FROM THE HEAT

LOVE IT WHEN IT RAINS WE RUN OUT IN THE STREET

FIREWORKS, LIGHT UP THE NIGHT SKY

ALL THE COLORS OF THE RAINBOW, UP SO HIGH

THIS IS MY FAVORITE TIME OF YEAR

CAUSE I LIKE TO LIGHT 'EM TOO -- I HAVE NO FEAR

WE DROVE OUT TO THE QUARRY TO THE SWIMMING HOLE

WE LOST OURSELVES...HEART AND SOUL

SUMMERTIME....(SUMMERTIME) AS I REMEMBER

TAKING TRIPS AND SEEING THE SITES

STAYIN' UP TALKING TO YOUR FRIENDS ALL NIGHT

THAT'S SUMMERTIME

SLEEPING OUTSIDE UNDER THE STARS

WONDERIN' IF THERE'S REALLY LIFE ON MARS

THAT'S SUMMERTIME

SUMMERTIME....(SUMMERTIME) AS I REMEMBER

ON THE RUN, ALWAYS WITH THE WIND

YOU'RE NEVER GONNA BE THIS FREE AGAIN

THAT'S SUMMERTIME

Be Strong

Written By: Shorty B.

I WILL NEVER FORGET THAT FEBRUARY DAY

WHEN YOU LEFT US ALL BEHIND -- THE HEAVINESS WEIGHED ME DOWN

IT WAS HARD TO EVEN STAND

I WASN'T READY -- THIS WASN'T PLANNED

IT WAS LIKE A MOVIE AND IT DIDN'T SEEM REAL

EVERYBODY GOING ON AND I CAN'T FEEL ANYTHING BUT NUMBNESS

I'M FROZEN AND EMPTY

NOW YOU ARE GONE AND I JUST CAN'T BELIEVE THAT

I NEVER WOULD OF THOUGHT WHEN I SAW YOU AT THE STORE

I WOULD NEVER EVER SEE YOU AGAIN ANYMORE

WE TALKED ON THE PHONE AND EVERYTHING WAS ALRIGHT

I WAS GONNA COME AND SEE YOU THE VERY NEXT NIGHT

WITH THE TEARS THAT FLOW AND FLOW THEY DO

I NEVER EVEN GOT TO TELL YOU THAT I LOVED YOU

THERE'S AN EMPTY HOUSE WHERE YOU USED TO BE

I FEEL ALL ALONE LIKE A SHIP LOST AT SEA

BE STRONG
ITS GONNA BE OK
EVERYTHING'S GONNA BE OK
BE STRONG
ITS GONNA BE OK
EVERYTHING'S GONNA BE OK

I STRUGGLE WITH THIS – FEELS LIKE I’M SWIMMING UPSTREAM

FOR A SECOND—SOMETIMES-- IT FEELS LIKE A DREAM

I STILL WANT TO CALL YOU AND TALK ABOUT LIFE

SEE HOW YOU’RE DOING AND MAYBE ASK YOUR ADVICE

I HOPE YOU KNEW HOW MUCH YOU MEANT TO ME

WITHOUT YOUR HELP I WOULDN'T HAVE GOT MY DEGREE

YOU ALWAYS FIXED ME UP WHEN I CAME UNGLUED

YOU GAVE ME A LITTLE PUSH, AND THAT'S OK, TOO

I WILL GO ON BUT NOTHING’S THE SAME

I STILL MISS YOU EVERY SINGLE DAY

I'M TRYING TO EMBRACE THIS AND HEAL THE PAIN

FOR SO MANY DAYS NOW, THE SKIES HAVE BEEN GRAY

I LOOKED AT THE PICTURES FROM OUR TRIP LAST JULY

I DIDN'T EVEN GET TO TELL YOU GOODBYE

SOMETIMES I THINK I CAN FEEL YOU SO CLOSE

THEN I THINK I'M CRAZY CAUSE I MUST BE SEEING GHOSTS

BE STRONG
ITS GONNA BE OK
EVERYTHING'S GONNA BE OK
BE STRONG
ITS GONNA BE OK
EVERYTHING'S GONNA BE OK

Tell Me Why

Written By: Shorty B

i believed in you but you didn't believe in me
i supported you when other people disagreed
i welcomed you into my house my home
when you were broken i made you whole
you tell me your problems and i listen to you
when i told you mine you just withdrew
for this to work its gotta be give and take
not one sided, dishonest and fake
i'm awake now i see my mistake
but not before my heart did break
tell me why, tell me why

tell me why you had to lie to me
there's no reason we are family
you just go on and act like nothing's wrong
when you know you been lying all along
tell me why you had to lie to me
the hurt goes deep and i can guarantee it
you make this all up and I just don't get it
and this time i'm not gonna to forget it

you're a bit cold and when the truth unfolds
it appears sometimes like you have no soul
this person who i thought cared for me
really doesn't respect my boundaries
you act like you're entitled like royalty
egomaniac with narcissistic tendencies
do you realize that you cause this pain
at times i felt like i was going insane
you need an intervention like they do on tv
for that I'd pay an admission fee
tell me why, tell me why

Discography

Shorty B (EP)

Set List

All original material.