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Saturday, Aug 12 2017 | 08:39
Image: 1611360 A pioneer of hardcore rap music, one can't talk
about the West Coast hip-hop scene without
mentioning Todd Anthony Shaw, better known by
the stage name Too $hort. A veteran of the genre,
Too $hort's discography is one filled with tracks
about pimping, drug use, promiscuity, and
unapologetically explicit language. (His 1985
record Don't Stop Rappin' is notoriously one of the
first to use the word "bitch" on a track.) He's
released nearly 20 albums over the course of his
35-year career, and collaborated with artists as
varied as Jay-Z, UGK, 50 Cent, Lil Jon, he's even
been one of the few musicians to work with both
2Pac and The Notorious B.I.G., in the middle of
their infamous feud.
Too $hort's works were largely a cult phenomenon
during the early years of his career, but 1988's Life
Is... broke him into a mainstream audience, and
gave him his most critically acclaimed release. (Not
to mention his highest-selling to date.) The album
stood out in its field, at a time when re-sampling
old-school funk and R&B singles was the name of
the game, Too $hort instead opted to take
established riffs and hooks from from those singles
and re-create them with studio musicians and drum
machines. The album cemented Too $hort's status
among MC's, and the title track itself would even be
re-sampled in tracks by rappers UGK,
hip-hop-influenced rock group Sublime, and even
Too $hort himself on later singles.

A1. Life Is...Too Short
A2. Rhymes
A3. I Ain't Trippin'
A4. Nobody Does It Better
A5. Oakland
B1. Don't Fight The Feelin'
B2. Cusswords
B3. City Of Dope
B4. Pimp The Ho Available from 08.09.2017
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