Too Short

Real Name:
Todd Anthony Shaw
Profile:
American rapper and producer.
Born April 28th 1966 in Los Angeles and moved to Oakland at the age of 14.
Started his rap career in the early 1980's rapping with high school friend Freddy B making custom made cassette tapes (known as "special requests") which were sold on the streets.
Too Short officially released his first album in 1985 on the local Oakland record label 75 Girls Records and Tapes and in 1987 signed to Jive records. In 1988, he added the "$" to his name.
In 1996 Short moved to live in Atlanta; he has since returned to Northern California. He has released over 25 full length albums and is still active in the music industry.
Too Short was one of the first rappers to represent the 'pimp' / 'playa' lifestyle in his lyrics. The phrase "Biiiitch" is one of Short's trademarks.
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DH 1988 Don't Stop Rappin' — Too Short Too Short Don't Stop Rappin' (Album) 75 Girls Records And Tapes DH 1988 US 1985 Sell This Version
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DM 7884 Born To Mack — Too Short Too $hort* Born To Mack (Album) Dangerous Music DM 7884 US 1987 Sell This Version
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DH 1990 Players — Too Short Too Short Players (Album) 75 Girls Records And Tapes DH 1990 US 1987 Sell This Version
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DH 1991 Raw, Uncut And X-Rated — Too Short Too Short Raw, Uncut And X-Rated (Album) 75 Girls Records And Tapes DH 1991 US 1987 Sell This Version
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1149-4-J Life Is...Too $hort — Too Short Too Short Life Is...Too $hort (Album) Jive, Dangerous Music 1149-4-J US 1988 Sell This Version
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ZK 74831 Short Dog's In The House — Too Short Too $hort* Short Dog's In The House (Album) Jive, Dangerous Music ZK 74831 Germany 1990 Sell This Version
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1421-4-JDJ This Sampler is Too $hort — Too Short Too Short This Sampler is Too $hort(Cass, Promo, Smplr) Jive 1421-4-JDJ US 1990 Sell This Version
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01241-41467-2 Shorty The Pimp — Too Short Too $hort* Shorty The Pimp (Album) Jive, Dangerous Music 01241-41467-2 US 1992 Sell This Version
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01241-41526-2 Get In Where You Fit In — Too Short Too $hort* Get In Where You Fit In (Album) Jive 01241-41526-2 Canada 1993 Sell This Version
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01241-41553-2 Cocktails — Too Short Too $hort* Cocktails (Album) Jive, Dangerous Music 01241-41553-2 US 1995 Sell This Version
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01241-41584-4 Gettin' It (Album Number Ten) — Too Short Too Short Gettin' It (Album Number Ten) (Album) Jive, Dangerous Music 01241-41584-4 US 1996 Sell This Version
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01241-44141-2 Can't Stay Away — Too Short Too $hort* Can't Stay Away (Album) Jive 01241-44141-2 Canada 1999 Sell This Version
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01241-41711-2 You Nasty — Too Short Too Short You Nasty (Album) Jive 01241-41711-2 US 2000 Sell This Version
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01241-41761-4 Chase The Cat — Too Short Too Short Chase The Cat (Album) Jive 01241-41761-4 US 2001 Sell This Version
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01241-41816-4 What's My Favorite Word? — Too Short Too Short What's My Favorite Word? (Album) Jive, $hort Records 01241-41816-4 US 2002 Sell This Version
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82876 57133 2 Married To The Game — Too Short Too Short Married To The Game (Album) Jive, $hort Records 82876 57133 2 Europe 2003 Sell This Version
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82876835012 Blow The Whistle — Too Short Too Short Blow The Whistle (Album) Jive, $hort Records 82876835012 Europe 2006 Sell This Version
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none Pimpin' Inc. — Too Short Too Short Pimpin' Inc. Gizzle none US 2006 Sell This Version
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88697-19183-2 Get Off The Stage — Too Short Too $hort* Get Off The Stage (Album) Jive 88697-19183-2 US 2007 Sell This Version
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none Still Blowin' — Too Short Too $hort* Still Blowin'(12xFile, MP3, Album, 256) Dangerous Music none US 2010
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HTG-54 History: Function Music — Too Short E-40 And Too $hort* E-40 And Too $hort* - History: Function Music (Album) Heavy On The Grind Entertainment HTG-54 US 2012 Sell This Version
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857490003017 No Trespassing — Too Short Too Short No Trespassing (Album) Dangerous Music 857490003017 US 2012 Sell This Version
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HTG-53 History: Mob Music — Too Short E-40 And Too $hort* E-40 And Too $hort* - History: Mob Music(CD, Album) Heavy On The Grind Entertainment HTG-53 US 2012 Sell This Version
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MAL060 Weird Science — Too Short Too $hort*, Oh Blimey, El Diablo (5) Too $hort*, Oh Blimey, El Diablo (5) - Weird Science(11xFile, MP3, 320) Mallabel Music MAL060 US 2014
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ERE377 Hella Disrespectful - Bay Area Mixtape — Too Short Too Short Hella Disrespectful - Bay Area Mixtape(CD, Mixtape) Dangerous Music ERE377 US 2017 Sell This Version

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April 23, 2022
edited 7 months ago
An absolute legend. Too short started rapping circa late 1980 early 1981. By the tike he signed to Jive he was already west coast legend up and down California. Probably the first to let the 808 play with long 7,8,9 minute long tracks made to ride to. While he was also known for starting very sexual lyrics even befor Luke Campbell, it should be noted about him laying the foundation for west coast rap and later, the g-funk style of west coast hip hop in the early 90s. One of the most consistent hip hop music sellers of all time with over 35 years worth of gold+ records.

For me, the 1985-1995 period was his prime. I first got into Too short circa 1989. Each album, chalk full of classics. My older brother got his first system and Too Short was a favorite to boom to.

A funny story. In 1997 i was just out of recording school and freelancing at this one studio down in Burbank area Los Angeles. The owner of the studio came into the control room and told me an artist would be coming in to do some overdubs. A little later, someone handed me a reel to reel and put it on the 24 Track Studer machine and aligned the levels. I was at the console when out of the corner of my eye Too Suort walked into the control room and thru to the booth. He got on the mic and I got the levels. I was nervous as shit and just hoped that even if I didnt record his vocal to at least not record over any tracks. Too short beltwd out a "biooootch" on the mic and for a second, I smiled and thought "I made it". Lol. And then went back to being nervous. Everything went well and he came back the next day. The next day I brought in my Cocktails cd cover so I could ask him to sign it. After that session , Too Short was outside waiting for a ride.i asked him to sign the cd and said I was a huge fan. He signed it "Life is too short. - too short" and paid me in cash out of his pocket. Something i didnt expect him to do.
When i went back into the studio, the owner said that was really unprofessional. I told the dude to fuck off and I never went back there and worked. About a year later I ran into Too Short outside a casino In Las Vegas. I said hello and was happy he remembered me. Super cool guy and a story I will never forget.
A true west coast legend and perhaps the first West Coast hip hop legend.
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