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Short Dog's In the House

Too $hort

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After tasting multi-platinum success with 1989’s Life Is…Too $hort, Too $hort was out to prove the universal appeal of his inimitable brand of bottom-heavy hip-hop. Where labels saw segregated audiences of “East Coast” and “West Coast” fans, Too $hort saw only Too $hort fans. From Sacramento to Alabama, Wisconsin to Colorado, Short Dog shouts out every region on the title track, reaching out to corners of the U.S. that had been totally overlooked by the hip-hop world. L.A. producers Sir Jinx and DJ Pooh add fresh elements to $hort’s style, with the jazz sample-inflected “Paula & Janet” almost passing for something from New York. $hort interpolated the Donny Hathaway anthem of the same name for his hit single “The Ghetto,” a portrait of the crack-ravaged inner city that surprised critics. “Hard On the Boulevard” is an archetype of the cruising song that would soon become an integral element of West Coast and Southern hip-hop. Of course, it wouldn’t be a Too $hort album without some X-rated raps and old-school boasts: “Rap Like Me,” “Ain’t Nothin’ But a Word to Me,” and “Short But Funky” are definitive examples of $hort’s timeless style.

Customer Reviews

classic album

not one bad song

more stars plz

good rap period

TooShort Album Not Long Enough

I agree, I believe this is one of his best albums, and one of the few that I could bump front to back and not have to skip any tracks.


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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