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Too $hort

Born in Los Angeles, but an Oakland resident by the age of 14, Too Short was the first West Coast rap star, recording three albums on his own before he made his major-label debut with 1988's gold album Born to Mack; his next four all went platinum. Anticipating much of the later gangsta phenomenon, he restricted his lyrical themes to tales of sexual prowess and physical violence, with the occasional social message track to mix things up. After the release of Gettin' It (Album Number Ten) in 1996, Too Short decided to retire, his status assured as one of the most successful solo rappers of the 1980s and early '90s, although that decision would prove short-lived.

Born Todd Shaw on April 28, 1966, Too Short grew up in L.A.'s South Central; soon after his family moved to Oakland in the early '80s, he began selling tapes out of the back of his car. Signed to the local label 75 Girls, in 1983 he released his first proper album, Don't Stop Rappin'. Three albums followed in the next two years, after which Too Short formed his own Dangerous Music label with friend Freddy B. He recorded Born to Mack in 1986, and sold more than 50,000 copies just by riding around the region. New York's Jive Records picked up on the buzz from across the country, and provided a national deal for the album one year later. With virtually no radio airplay, Born to Mack went gold and its follow-up, Life Is...Too Short, achieved platinum sales by 1989.

The immense success of Too Short during 1988-1989 made him much more viable for radio airplay, and "The Ghetto" -- from 1990's Short Dog's in the House -- made number 12 on the R&B charts, even enjoying a brief stay just outside the pop Top 40. He continued his hit track record with 1992's Shorty the Pimp and 1993's Get in Where You Fit In, both of which went platinum. By the time of 1995's Cocktails, however, Too Short began to be drowned out by a glut of similar-sounding West Coasters, and though Gettin' It (Album Number Ten) became his fifth platinum album, by late 1996 he decided to retire. Just three years later, however, he returned with the aptly titled Can't Stay Away, which debuted in the Top Ten and went gold. A series of follow-ups surfaced subsequently. In 2006 his high-profile album Blow the Whistle arrived with producers Jazze Pha and Lil Jon contributing. ~ John Bush
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Get Off The Stage (Explicit)

1. Get Off The Stage

2. Broke B**ch

3. This My One

4. Shittin' On 'em

5. F.U.C.K.Y.O.U.

6. Gangsters & Strippers

7. Dum Ditty Dum

8. Pull Them Panties Down

9. I Like It

10. It Ain't Over

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Track List: Mack Of The Centurytoo $Horts Greatest Hits (Explicit)

1. Freaky Tales

2. Dope Fiend Beat

3. Life Is...Too Short

4. I Ain't Trippin'

5. Short But Funky

6. The Ghetto

7. I'm A Player

9. In The Trunk

10. Burn Rubber

11. Cocktales

12. Gettin' It

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Track List: Blow The Whistle (Explicit)

1. Call Her A B**ch

2. Blow The Whistle

3. Burn Rubber Pt. 2

5. Pimpin' Forever

7. Strip Down

8. Nothing Feels Better

9. Sophisticated

10. Playa

15. It's Time To Go

16. Shake It Baby

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Track List: Married To The Game (Explicit)

1. Choosin' (feat. Jagged Edge & Jazze Pha)

2. What She Gonna Do?

3. That's How It Goes Down (feat. Oobie)

5. Shake That Monkey (feat. Lil Jon & The Eastside Boyz)

6. Burn Rubber

7. Hey Let's Go (feat. Devin The Dude & Cutty Cartel)

8. Pimpandho.com

9. Hobo Hoeing

10. Get It

11. Married To The Game

12. California Girls

13. What's A Pimp?

14. Don't Act Like That

15. Short Short

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Track List: It's About Time (Explicit)

Disc 1

2. She's A B.

4. BJ Betty

5. Short Side

6. Playboy Short

7. From Here To New York

8. Girl (That's Your Life)

9. Coke Dealers

Disc 2

1. Female Funk

2. Oakland, California

3. Don't Stop Rappin'

4. Shortrapp

5. Wild Wild West

6. Every Time

7. Dance (Don't Geek)

8. Don't Ever Stop

9. Players

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Track List: What's My Favorite Word (Explicit)

1. Triple X

2. Get That Cheese

3. That's Right

4. The Old Fashioned Way

5. Quit Hatin' Pt. 1

6. Quit Hatin' Pt. 2

7. Lollypops

8. Female Players

9. Cali-O

10. Pimp Life

11. Call It Gangster

12. Set Up

13. She Loves Her

14. The Movie

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Track List: Chase The Cat (Explicit)

2. I Luv (feat. Trick Daddy, Scarface, And Daz)

4. These Are The Tales

8. Can I Hit It

9. Chase The Cat (feat. Dolla Will)

11. Pimpin' Ken

12. Domestic Violence (feat. E-40)

13. Player For Life

14. Analyze The Game

16. U Stank (feat. George Clinton And Baby DC)

17. Don't Ever Give Up

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Track List: You Nasty (Explicit)

1. Anything Is Possible

2. You Nasty

3. Pimp S**t

5. Call Me Daddy

8. 2 B**ches

9. All The Time

11. Don't Hate The Player

12. Be My Dirty Love

13. Nation Riders Anthem

14. Old School

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Track List: Can't Stay Away (Explicit)

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Track List: Gettin' It (Explicit)

1. Gettin' It

2. Survivin' The Game

3. That's Why

4. Bad Ways

5. F**k My Car

6. Take My B**ch

7. Buy You Some

8. Pimp Me

9. Baby D

10. Nasty Rhymes

12. I Must Confess

13. So Watcha Sayin'

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Track List: Cocktails

1. Ain't Nothing Like Pimpin'

2. Cocktales

3. Can I Get A -----

4. Coming Up $hort

5. Thangs Change

6. Paystyle

7. Giving Up The Funk

8. Top Down

9. We Do This

10. Game

11. Sample The Funk

12. Don't ---- For Free

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Track List: Get In Where You Fit In (Explicit)

1. Don't Fight The Intro

2. I'm A Player

3. Just Another Day

4. Gotta Get Some Lovin'

5. Money In The Ghetto

6. Bl**job Betty

10. Playboy Short

11. Way Too Real

12. It's All Good

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Track List: Shorty The Pimp

1. Intro: Shorty The Pimp

2. In The Trunk

3. I Ain't Nothin' But A Dog

4. Hoes

5. No Love From Oakland

6. I Want To Be Free (That's The Truth)

7. Hoochie

8. Step Daddy

9. It Don't Stop

10. So You Want To Be A Gangster

11. Something To Ride To

12. Extra Dangerous

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Track List: Short Dog's In The House

1. Short Dog's In The House

2. It's Your Life

3. The Ghetto

4. Short But Funky

5. In The Oaktown

6. Dead Or Alive

7. Punk B**ch

10. Pimpology

11. Paula & Janet

12. Rap Like Me

13. The Ghetto (Reprise)

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Track List: Born To Mack

1. Party Time

2. Mack Attack

3. Play Boy Short

4. You Know What I Mean

5. Freaky Tales

6. Dope Fiend Beat

7. Little Girl

8. The Universal Mix

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Track List: Life Is...Too Short (Explicit)

1. Life Is...Too Short

2. Rhymes

3. I Ain't Trippin'

4. Nobody Does It Better

5. Oakland

7. Cusswords

8. City Of Dope

9. Pimp The Ho

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Track List: 19,999

1. 19,999

2. I'm Trippin (Feat. Mistah F.A.B. & The Hoodstarz)

3. Booty Tricks (Feat. Reject Bounce & Extindo Gang)

4. On The Weekend (Feat. V. Bozeman, Holiday & Reign & Reject)

5. Latina Love

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Track List: 19,999 (Single)

1. 19,999

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Who is thus wivit
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Ice T Sold Out Playa He A B**ch....Onl y White Peepz Fucc Wit Ice T...2 Short Alwayz Kept It Real...
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Hi Town ,the 5th and the 3rd, he knew so well!
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O.G Too short and O.G ICE T is the original West Coast players
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"So what are you saying Todd?"
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Too short is the sh#*
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too short (I mean that whoo,)
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Oh yeah f**king Too Short still bumps the beat. V Town Califas S. Vallejo.
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Pimp
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F**KIN ONE OF THE TRUE ORIGINALS, LETS GET NASTY,,;);); ) ; ) BORN&RAISED IN THE BAY AREA,:):):): ) : ) YA TRULY HAD TO HAVE BEEN RAISED IN THE BAY AREA TO TRULY APPRECIATE & UNDERSTAND Where IM COMING FROM:):) HAPPY LISTENING EVERYONE
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One of the best!
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Reverbenatio n . c o m / s k n e m a j o r z
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My sh&t in high school
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Kool
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My s**t from homey is that baby don't look like me now that's a head banger
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Grew up with my dog, short Dogg in that house, westoakland bitchhhh!!!
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Bad a** MEMORIES, DISCRETION is how I get down only way to play happy memories and happy listening
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OG baby....muah z z z
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Just bad a** Too Short. Power to the people baby
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Call me is one of my favorite I f#$# wit Short pimp pimp on Thizz in peace Mac Dre Mid West 2 DA West Coast all day
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Getting it in!
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you should be getting it
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My girl posted me her dms
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One of realists short dog
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Gunna stay short and funk
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LOL
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PLEASE DONT " FIGHT" THE FEELING
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OPEN HOUSE ��
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Im yourbiggest fan Now U no from Me Ms Chay
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N**ga u is short
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A!!!MANE SHORT DOG'Z N DA HOUSE....
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Tha n**ga earwheres shitt
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Man ain't tis tha sames n**ga sayin soems random shitss
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Can't foaget bout tha n**ga b days
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Jea tue cu
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Happy birthday Too $hort
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This s**t is so funky!! Dangerous Crew 4 Life Biiiiitch ��East Oakland ��
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First pimp I look up to. Pimp on.
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Now we talkin b**ches...1 of a kind musician...s t r a i g h t outta BURQUE....
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Freaky tales right.....fi r s t song an of course flat booty b**ches
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Don't Read This. You Will Be Kissed By The Love Of Your Life On The Nearest Friday. Tomorrow Will Be The Best Day Of Your Life. Now That You've Started This Don't Stop Or You Will Have Bad Luck. Post This On 15 Songs In The Next 143 Minutes. Press The Spacebar And Your Crushes Name Will Appear
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best gangster rapper I heard
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N**gas be hating on $hort cuase they aint got no hoe's my n**ga's step yo pimp game up Mane.
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Yeah this EAST OAKLAND pimpin don't stop and this Gantsta Town,- Biz S**t won't quit.Much ,$hort Doggs in the house Biiiitch!!! TOWN BIZ 4 Life
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This my Dude...Love him to the moon and back.....
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