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Birth name: Todd Anthony Shaw.
Also known as: Too Short, Short Dogg.
Born: April 28, 1966 Oakland, California, USA.
Too Short biography (bio):
Too Short is a pioneer of the West Coast hip hop sound. Initially, his first releases had raw and simple drum beats using a TR-808 or TR-909 drum machine. With his 1989 release, Life Is...Too $hort, he began infusing funk and Blues sounds with his trademark beats giving birth to the Bay Area hip-hop sound known as Mobb music. While $hort's backing tracks have matured, his trademark rap style has changed little throughout his career - something Short takes pride in both in songs and interviews.
In the early 1980s Short produced custom raps for people with his high school friend, Freddie B. In 1986, Too Short and Freddie B. founded the Dangerous Music record label to distribute his music regionally. Dangerous Music has since changed names to Short Records, and now Up All Night Music.
Too Short has released 16 albums to date, with his latest being Blow the Whistle which contains a newly released single, the title track "Blow the Whistle" (2006). In his 1996 release Gettin' It (Album 10) $hort claimed he was retiring, stating this was "the last album" in the title track. This retirement was short lived when he returned in 1999 releasing his album Can't Stay Away.
He appeared on the hit "Player's Holiday" which appears on T.W.D.Y.'s (1999) debut album and Priority Records compilation "Nuthin But a Gangsta Party." After the appearances, he began working on his 11th album which was appropriately titled Can't Stay Away. The album included guest appearances by Eightball & MJG, Jay-Z, Jermaine Dupri, Puff Daddy, E-40, Daz Dillinger, Lil' Jon, Soopafly, Scarface and B-Legit as well as recognized verses by Short himself. When he relocated to Atlanta in 1994, he began working with a more diverse variety of artists including Twista and Lil Jon.
In 1994, Short relocated from Oakland to Atlanta, Georgia. He still represents his Oakland roots as on his 2003 record he has a track titled "California Girls." In addition, his "Blow the Whistle" music video, was made in Oakland. Along with his crafty appearances, Short has been able to remain a prominent figure on the underground scene, a West Coast hero, and an overall legend by constantly updating and reinventing his sound. $hort has come from rapping over raw drum beats, through the g-funk era, through the Bay Area signature sound, and on his latest efforts, the crunk era. He guest appeared on his close friend Lil Jon's album and scored a hit record with the track "Bia Bia" along with Ludacris and Chyna White.
Too Short is one of the few rappers to release 6 platinum solo albums in a row which puts him in select company. As stated on his track "These Are The Tales" off the Chase The Cat album, "Six platinums in a row, Ice Cube and Cool J/ Who else did that shit." He is also the first rapper to use the word "biatch" in a rap.
In 2004 The Ghetto appeared on popular videogame Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, playing on West Coast hip hop radio station Radio Los Santos.