Too $hort Unisex T-Shirt

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Too $hort Unisex T-Shirt

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Finally, a way to show your respect for some of the greatest icons, legends and pioneers that paved the way past and present. Rock this gear in style and bring back the moments that made you, memories they gave you and/or lessons they taught you. Scroll down for a history lesson with some of our favorite clips.

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  • 4.2 oz., 100% airlume combed and ringspun cotton
  • retail fit
  • unisex sizing
  • shoulder taping
  • side-seamed
  • pre-shrunk
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Todd Shaw AKA Too Short

 

Todd Anthony Shaw (born April 28, 1966), better known by the stage name Too Short (stylized as Too $hort), is an American rapperrecord producer, and actor. He is best known for his hit songs, such as “The Ghetto” and “Blow the Whistle“.

Too Short is credited as being one of the pioneer rappers of West Coast hip hop. He first began recording in 1983, becoming one of Oakland’s better known underground emcees, and from 1985 onwards released albums and singles on Oakland label 75 Girls Records And Tapes before he signed a major record deal with Jive Records in 1987, releasing his mainstream debut album Born to Mack. He experienced his first widespread success with his 1989 follow-up album Life Is…Too Short, and remained one of the most popular rappers into the 1990s. His rap lyrics are primarily about pimping, drug use, surviving, and promiscuity.

 

Too $hort – Life Is Too $hort (Video)

In the mid-1980s, Shaw along with a high school friend Freddy B, produced custom songs (called “special requests”) locally on cassette for people in Oakland and the Bay Area. In 1985, Too Short started his solo career and released his debut album, Don’t Stop Rappin’ on Oakland record label 75 Girls Records And Tapes which, along with four 12″ releases, featured raw, simple drum beats from a LinnDrum drum machine. This was also one of the first hip hop records to use the word “bitch” – a word which became one of the rapper’s trademarks and was the focus of subsequent raps such as Ain’t Nothin’ but a Word to Me.”

In the early 1990s his self-produced beats came from mostly a TR-808 and from mid-to-late 2000s, a TR-909 was used. In 1985, Too Short and Freddie B. formed the label Dangerous Music to regionally distribute his music, and with others formed rap group the Dangerous Crew. Dangerous Music became Short Records, and then Up All Nite Records. With his 1989 release, Life Is…Too Short, he began using replayed established funk riffs (rather than samples) with his beats.

Subsequent work was primarily collaborative, including work with Tupac ShakurThe Notorious B.I.G.Scarface, and Pimp C. One of his notable collaborations during this period was on the track “The World Is Filled…” on the classic Notorious B.I.G. album Life After Death; he comes in on the third verse after Diddy and Biggie. Being featured on the album introduced him to a wider audience as well, due to his typical style contrasting greatly with the Mafioso theme of the album. He also appeared on TWDY’s hit single “Player’s Holiday” from their 1999 debut album Derty Werk as well as the Priority Records compilation Nuthin but a Gangsta Party. After these appearances, he began working on his eleventh album, Can’t Stay Away. The album included guest appearances by 8Ball & MJGJay-ZJermaine DupriSean CombsE-40Daz DillingerLil JonSoopaflyScarface and B-Legit.

Too Short relocated to Atlanta in 1994, but he did not begin working with a more diverse variety of Southern artists until 2000, when he collaborated with Lil Jon. With the 1999 release of Can’t Stay Away, Too Short came out of retirement, continuing his sexually explicit, relaxed style of rap. New albums released 2000-2003 were You Nasty (2000), Chase the Cat (2001), What’s My Favorite Word? (2002), and Married to the Game (2003). These albums all charted fairly well, as they all were in the top 71 of the Billboard 200, but they didn’t do quite as well as Too Short’s earlier 1990s releases as none of them reached the top 10.

In 2004, his earlier 1990 single “The Ghetto” appeared on popular video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, playing on West Coast hip hop radio station Radio Los Santos. Given that this was an incredibly popular game at the time, the featuring was acclaimed as a success for Too $hort, both in publicity and in the fame generated by the song.

For his next album, Blow the Whistle (2006), Too Short now took advantage of the new hyphy rap music that was emerging out of his original home base in Oakland. This saw somewhat of a resurgence for Too Short as it peaked at #14 on the Billboard 200, much better than each of his previous three releases. However, his subsequent releases, such as 2007’s Get Off the Stage, have not been as successful. On October 7, 2008 Too Short was honored by VH1 at the fifth annual “Hip-Hop Honors” along with Cypress HillDe La SoulSlick Rick and Naughty By Nature.

In 2009, Too Short recorded for Daz DillingerLil JonSoopaflyScarface and B-Legit. In 2011, the rapper was featured on Wiz Khalifa‘s song “On My Level“. He also collaborated in Snoop Dogg‘s 2011 album, Doggumentary in the song “Take U Home” and on the 50 Cent song “First Date“. In 2012 Too Short along with E-40 released two collaboration albums on the same day titled History: Mob Music and History: Function Music. Both charted in the top 100 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. Too Short has said the best verse he has ever recorded is a verse for a song on Dr. Dre‘s Detox called “Man’s Best Friend (Pussy)”.

In 2013, it was announced he would collaborate with Lady Gaga on a song “Jewels n’ Drugs” for her upcoming album Artpop. Also featured on the song are T.I. and Twista.

In 2013, Too Short was featured on the song The Compliments by the Lonely Island on the wack album.

In 2015, Too Short was featured on actor Tavion Tate Guice also known as Tavion Millioune‘s song “Oakland Brookfield Dance“.

In 2016, Too Short was featured on the song “Cochino” by Korean American rapper Dumbfoundead. The song is the seventh track off of Dumbfoundead’s fifth studio album We Might Die.

After 30 years of his career, Too Short stated that he plans to release his 20th and final album The Pimp Tape on November 9, 2018.

Too $hort – The Ghetto

 

Too $hort – I Ain’t Trippin’

 

Too $hort – Cocktales

 

Too $hort – Blow The Whistle

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UNISEX FIT & SIZE CHART

SIZEFITS CHESTLENGTH
XS34"27"
S36"28"
M40"29"
L44"30"
XL48"31"
2X52"32"
3X56"33"
4X62"34"
5x66"35"

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