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Too Short

Los Angeles, California, United States | MAJOR

Los Angeles, California, United States | MAJOR
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Too Short discography
1985: Don't Stop Rappin'
1985: Players
1986: Raw, Uncut, and X-Rated
1987: Born to Mack
1988: Life Is...Too Short
1990: Short Dog's in the House
1992: Shorty the Pimp
1993: Get In Where You Fit In
1995: Cocktails
1996: Gettin' It
1999: Can't Stay Away
2000: You Nasty
2001: Chase the Cat
2002: What's My Favorite Word?
2003: Married to the Game
2006: Blow the Whistle
2007: Get off the Stage
2010: Still Blowin'

Compilation albums
Greatest Hits, Vol. 1: The Player Years, 1983-1988 · Bible of a Pimp

"Freaky Tales" · "Life Is... Too Short" · "City of Dope" · "I Ain't Trippin'" · "The Ghetto" · "Short But Funky" · "I Want to Be Free (That's the Truth)" · "I'm A Player" · "Money In the Ghetto" · "Cocktails" · "Paystyle" · "Gettin' It" · "More Freaky Tales" · "Ain't No Bitches" · "2 Bitches/Pimp Shit" · "You Nasty" · "I Luv" · "Quit Hatin' Pt. 1" · "Choosin'" · "Shake That Monkey" · " Blow the Whistle" · "Keep Bouncin'" · "This My One"

Featured singles
"Life of da Party"

Menace II Society · Get In Where You Fit In · American Pimp · America's Sexiest Girls

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Discography · Jive Records



Todd Shaw was born April 28, 1966 in South Los Angeles, and raised in East Oakland, Oakland, California during his teenage years. In the early 1980s, Short produced custom raps (called "special requests") for people with his high school friend, Freddy B. In 1985, Too Short released his first album, Don't Stop Rappin', on the local label 75 Girls.[1] This and his next three releases featured raw, simple drum beats using a LinnDrum drum machine in the early 1980s, switching to mostly the TR-808 and TR-909 by the mid-to-late 1980s. In 1986, Too Short and Freddie B. founded the Dangerous Music record label to distribute his music regionally.[1] Dangerous Music later changed names to Short Records, and then Up All Nite Records. With his 1988 release, Life Is...Too Short, he began infusing replayed established funk riffs (rather than samples) with his beats.

Subsequent work was primarily collaborative, including work with Tupac Shakur, The Notorious B.I.G., Scarface, UGK, Jay-Z, E-40, Snoop Dogg, and Diddy . One of his noticeable collaborations during this period was on the track "The World Is Filled..." on the classic Notorious B.I.G. album Life After Death; he comes in on the third verse after Diddy and Biggie. Being feature on the album introduced him to a wider audience as well, due to his typical style contrasting greatly with the Mafioso theme of the album. He also appeared on TWDY's hit single "Player's Holiday" from their 1999 debut album Derty Werk[2] as well as the Priority Records compilation Nuthin but a Gangsta Party.[3] After these appearances, he began working on his eleventh album, Can't Stay Away. The album included guest appearances by 8Ball & MJG, Jay-Z, Jermaine Dupri, Sean Combs, E-40, Daz Dillinger, Lil' Jon, Soopafly, Scarface and B-Legit.[4] Too Short relocated to Atlanta in 1994, but he did not begin working with a more diverse variety of Southern artists until 2000, when he collaborated with Lil Jon. With the 1999 release of Can't Stay Away, Too Short fully came out of retirement and released a number of new albums within the next few years, most of them taking on a crunk or Dirty South type sound, as he had become involved in the Southern rap scene. However, he didn't totally give up on his trademark funk grooves or sexually explicit style. New albums released 2000-2003 were You Nasty (2000), Chase the Cat (2001), What's My Favorite Word? (2002), and Married to the Game (2003). These albums all charted fairly well, as they all were in the top 71 of the Billboard Hot 200, but they didn't do quite as well as Too Short's earlier 1990s releases as none of them reached the top 10.[5]

In 2004, his earlier 1990 single "The Ghetto" appeared on popular videogame Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, playing on West Coast hip hop radio station Radio Los Santos.

For his next album, 2006's Blow the Whistle, Too Short now took advantage of the new hyphy rap music that was emerging out of his original home base in Oakland. This saw somewhat of a resurgence for Too Short as it peaked at #14 on the Billboard Hot 200, much better than each of his previous three releases.[5] However, his subsequent releases, such as 2007's Get Off the Stage, have not been as successful.

On October 7, 2008 Too Short was honored by VH1 at the fifth annual "Hip-Hop Honors" along with Cypress Hill, De La Soul, Slick Rick and Naughty By Nature.[5][5]

In 2009, Too Short recorded for Daz Dillinger, Lil' Jon, Soopafly, Scarface and B-Legit.[4] and continues to tour to this day.