SOUNDTRACK / ACTOR / PRODUCER / RAP ARTIST
Todd Anthony Shaw better known by the stage name Too Short (stylized as Too $hort), is an American rapper, record producer, and actor. He is best known for his hit songs, such as “The Ghetto“, “Blow The Whistle” and “Freaky Tales“. Too Short is one of the very few musicians to have been able to collaborate with both 2Pac and The Notorious B.I.G.. during the height of their careers when the rappers engaged in a protracted feud.
Too Short is credited as being one of the pioneer rappers of West Coast Hip Hop. His rap lyrics are primarily about pimping, drug use, surviving and promiscuity.
Subsequent work was primarily collaborative, including work with Tupac Shakur, The 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 & MJG, Jay-Z, Jermaine Dupri, Sean Combs, E-40, Daz Dillinger, Lil John, Soopafly, Scarface and B-Legit
In 2009, Too Short recorded for Daz Dillinger, Lil Jon, Soopafly, Scarface 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: Mob 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 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.
FILMS YOU HAVE SEEN TOO SHORT IN ARE:
COMPOSER FOR FILMS LIKE:
Ocean’s Eight (performer: “Bossy”) / (writer: “Bossy” – as Todd Shaw)
Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G. (TV Series) Black Panther
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (TV Series) (writer – 1 episode)
– Jake Gyllenhaal/Dr. Jane Goodall/Yo Gotti feat. Nicki Minaj
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (Video Game) (“The Ghetto”, uncredited) / (writer: “The Ghetto” – uncredited)
The Cookout (performer: “Cocktales” – as Too Short) / (writer: “Cocktales” – as Todd Shaw)
Grind (performer: “Parking Lot Pimpin'” – as Too Short) / (writer: “Parking Lot Pimpin'” – as Todd Shaw)
Drumline (performer: “Shout It Out” – as Too Short) / (writer: “Shout It Out” – as Todd Shaw)
Freddy Got Fingered (writer: “I Just Wanna Love You (Give It 2 Me)” – as Todd Shaw)
Porn Star: The Legend of Ron Jeremy (Documentary) (writer: “Devil Without a Cause” – as Todd Anthony Shaw)
Juggalo Championshxt Wrestling Volume 1 (Video) (performer: “Devil Without a Cause”) / (writer: “Devil Without a Cause” – as Todd Anthony Shaw)
Price of Glory (writer: “Roving Gangster (Rollin’)” – as T. Shaw)
How to Be a Player (performer: “It’ a Cold Day (The *** wit U Mix)” – as Too Short) / (writer: “******* wit Banks”, “It’ a Cold Day (The *** wit U Mix)” – as Todd Shaw)
Dangerous Ground (performer: “It’s Alright”)
Bulletproof (performer: “Where I’m From (Don’t Fight The Clean Mix II)” – as Too Short) / (writer: “Where I’m From (Don’t Fight The Clean Mix II)” – as Todd Shaw)
Ghost in the Machine (performer: “Check Yourself” – as Too Short) / (writer: “Check Yourself” – as Todd Shaw)
Menace II Society (performer: “ONLY THE STRONG SURVIVE”) / (writer: “ONLY THE STRONG SURVIVE” – as T. Shaw)
Juice (performer: “So You Want to Be a Gangster” – as Too $hort) / (writer: “So You Want to Be a Gangster” – as Too $hort)
Boyz n the Hood (performer: “It’s Your Life” – as Too Short) / (producer: “It’s Your Life” – as Too Short) / (writer: “It’s Your Life” – as T. Shaw)
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