Todd Anthony Shaw (born April 28, 1966), better known by the stage name Too Short (stylized as Too $hort), is an American rapper, producer, and actor. He is best known for his hit songs like "The Ghetto" and "Blow the Whistle".
Too Short is credited as being one of the pioneer rappers of West Coast hip hop. Many of his rap lyrics are about pimping, drug use and other sexually-related or explicit/vulgar topics.
Shaw was born in Los Angeles, California. In the mid 1960s, Shaw produced custom songs (called "special requests") for people with his high school friend, Freddy B. In 1983, Too Short had his first release, Don't Stop Rappin' which, along with the following three releases, featured raw, simple drum beats from a LinnDrum drum machine. In the early 1990s his 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.Source: Wikipedia
|Associated acts:||E-40, Mac Dre, Ant Banks, Rappin' 4-Tay, Snoop Dogg, UGK, Mistah F.A.B., 8Ball & MJG, Lil' Jon, Luniz|
|Birth name:||Todd Anthony Shaw|
|Born:||(1966-04-28) April 28, 1966 (age 48)|
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Labels:||Jive, Up All Nite|
|Occupations:||Rapper, actor, record producer|
|Origin:||East Oakland, Oakland, California, U.S.|