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Album Review

Ever since Too Short returned from his brief retirement in 1999 with Can't Stay Away, he sounded increasingly comfy with letting his supporting cast flavor his albums, and What's My Favorite Word? is no different. Short invites his usual guests — longtime Cali standbys Ant Banks, E-40, and B-Legit; Atlanta rabble-rouser Lil' Jon; and the one and only George Clinton — along with a few surprise ones: Twista, Petey Pablo, Big Gipp, and U.G.K. members Bun B and Pimp C. This lively cast of characters certainly colors the album and makes it more than just another Too Short album, even if that's precisely what What's My Favorite Word? is. The highlight here is Lil' Jon's two-part "Quit Hatin'," which begins like your typical Eastside Boyz club-banger à la "Bia', Bia'" and "I Don't Give A..." and then transitions into a screwed-style interpretation given a further Texan feel when Pimp C steps up. Elsewhere, Short spits mostly pimp game as you'd expect, though perhaps a bit more laconically and with a bit more sang hooks than usual. What's My Favorite Word? isn't extraordinary relative to Short's dozen-plus other albums, yet should still please his fans, particularly those who enjoy his usual post-Gettin' It supporting cast.

Biography

Born: April 28, 1966 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

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,...
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