Too Short

Born Apr 28, 1966

Todd Anthony Shaw, better known by the stage name Too Short (stylized as Too $hort), is an American rapper, producer, and actor who started his career at the age of fourteen in, Oakland, California.

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1966 Birth Born on April 28, 1966.


1985 19 Years Old 1 More Event
In the mid 1980s, Shaw produced custom songs (called "special requests") for people with his high school friend, Freddy B. In 1985, 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. … Read More


1989 23 Years Old With his 1989 release, Life Is Too Short, he began using replayed established funk riffs (rather than samples) with his beats. … Read More
1994 28 Years Old …  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.


1999 33 Years Old 1 More Event
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.
2004 38 Years Old 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. … Read More


2006 40 Years Old For his next album, 2006's Blow the Whistle, Too Short now took advantage of the new hyphy rap music that was emerging out of his original home base in Oakland. … Read More
2007 41 Years Old However, his subsequent releases, such as 2007's Get Off the Stage, have not been as successful.
2008 42 Years Old On October 7, 2008 Too Short was honored by VH1 at the fifth annual "Hip-Hop Honors" along with Cypress Hill, De La Soul, Slick Rick and Naughty By Nature.
2009 43 Years Old In 2009, Too Short recorded for Daz Dillinger, Lil Jon, Soopafly, Scarface and B-Legit. … Read More
2011 45 Years Old He also collaborated in Snoop Dogg's 2011 album, Doggumentary in the song "Take U Home" and on the 50 Cent song "First Date".
2012 46 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2012 Too Short along with E-40 released two collaboration albums on the same day titled History: Mob Music and History: Function Music. … Read More
2013 47 Years Old In 2013, it was announced he will be collaborating with Lady Gaga on a song entitled "Jewels n' Drugs" for her upcoming album Artpop. … Read More
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