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Editors’ Notes

Life Is… Too $hort retains the essential elements of its predecessor, Born to Mack — the jumbo bass, the raw lyrics — but also develops $hort’s sound in crucial ways. While “I Ain’t Trippin’,” “Nobody Does It Better” and “CussWords” build on $hort’s reputation as a master of minimalistic authority, “Oakland” and “City of Dope” expand the blueprint by filling in the sound with other instruments and textures. And if anyone questioned whether $hort was going to tone down his subject matter for mass acceptance, the issue was put to rest with “Pimp the Ho.” Yet, even at its most vulgar, the music remains rooted in ghetto life. $hort’s persona is based more on realism than sensationalism. Crucially, this album proved that he could appeal to the masses without selling out, as evidenced by the heavy-yet-catchy “Life Is… Too $hort” and “Don’t Fight the Feeling.” An instant classic, the title song encapsulates $hort’s style in just a few short bars: “Eight years on the mike and I'm not jokin' / Sir Too $hort comin' straight from Oakland / California, home of the rock / Eight woofers in the trunk, beatin' down the block.”

Customer Reviews

Buy this Album

This my friends is what you call Hip-Hop. If you feel like me and you want to get away from all this Soljia Boy, Mims,T-pain crap you will by this album

A Classic and aMust Have Among Hip Hop Fans

I may be a little biased, since this album was my first listening experience with Too $hort, but this guy is the real deal. His lyrics are very funny and clever. Sure times and styles have changed, but this album is far more clever and entertaining than alot of stuff out there today. Definitely check out " Don't Fight The Feeling". Ah, the good ol' days.

In the city of dope Pimp the HO

My CD finally died and I wuz lost for the last few months until I got the Ipod hook!!I I remember being in school in Oakland, CA Calvin Simmons JHschool. 1989 we all had a cpu class where you had to type ine some numbers to build a city back ground and all of us youngstas named the town "city of dope" I am juiced to see yall got some real S#!@ finally! succcca MC! I tell you what!


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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