Too Short

American rapper Too Short

Todd Anthony Shaw, 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" along with being one of the pioneer rappers of West Coast hip hop.
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Oregon cedes freedom of speech case against red light camera critic
Yahoo News - 2 months
It is, perhaps, human nature to harbor grandiose dreams of fighting a traffic ticket, even to the point of arguing before a local judge. For the past four years, however, an Oregon man has taken that fantasy to extreme levels, ultimately resulting in the state’s senior assistant attorney general admitting in federal court that the state violated constitutional right to free speech. What started out as a simple traffic ticket in 2013—issued to the wife of Beaverton, Oregon resident Mats Järlström—resulted in a federal court case involving the first amendment. Ultimately, the Oregon Board of Examiners for Engineering and Land Surveying capitulated, agreeing that it violated the constitutional rights of a man who had the audacity to critique the timing of red light cameras. Mr. Järlström, who holds a degree in electrical engineering and served in the Swedish Air Force as an aircraft camera mechanic, wrote to the board in 2014 asking for nothing more than to present his research, which co...
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Three years too short to replace glyphosate, French farmers say - 3 months
NIOVILLE, France (Reuters) - President Emmanuel Macron's promise to rid France of controversial weedkiller glyphosate within three years has left some farmers in the European Union's largest grain producing country on edge.
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A&E documentary 'Biggie: The Life of Notorious B.I.G.' takes a fascinating — and authorized — look at the rapper's too-short story
LATimes - 6 months
From Tupac to N.W.A, the West Coast has had its fair share of hip-hop documentaries and biopics. Now it’s the East Coast’s turn. “Biggie: The Life of Notorious B.I.G.” chronicles the short life of Brooklyn rapper Christopher Wallace in a three-part A&E documentary special that airs in its entirety...
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5 Reasons Why I Invest In Travel, Not Things
Huffington Post - 7 months
Life’s too short, and the only "things" that will stay with me forever are all the adventures and sweet memories.
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If You’re Graduating This Year, You Need To Read This
Huffington Post - 8 months
Congratulations you smarty pants! You’ve done it! You graduated!!! No matter how many years it took you or how you managed to get there, I’m so proud of you. There are so many wonderful things in store for your future, however, take this time to reflect on all of these wonderful years of growth that you were able to have while in high school or college. These are the moments where we grow into our skin even more. We make almost adult-like choices while still having help as well. Thank all of the ones you’ve met in your time leading to this moment, good or bad people, as they are lessons and blessings in our lives. Out of all the things I could say, here’s this… Dear Graduation, I feel like it’s not the time for us to meet yet. You see, I’ve heard many things about you, good and bad and I’m not quite sure how I feel about you yet. From what I’ve heard about you, you are very big and flashy. You like to praise others on their accomplishments, which is very nice of ...
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How Donald Trump Weaseled His Way Into Getting Salma Hayek's Number
Huffington Post - 8 months
function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); In 2016, Salma Hayek revealed that, many years ago, President Donald Trump asked her out.  According to Hayek, she rejected Trump’s advances and, as a result, he told the National Enquirer that he had rejected her because she was too short. After this story broke in October, many wondered how Trump got his tiny little hands on Hayek’s number in the first place. Well, now, she’s telling the awkward tale behind their initial meetup. During a recent ap...
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An Open Letter To Islamophobic Sexists
Huffington Post - 9 months
Written by Tasbeeh Muhamed & Tahira Ayub Dear Islamophobic sexists, I understand that it might seem strange to see the word “sexist” coming right after “Islamophobic.” In fact, to you, it might even seem strange to see the word sexist written by a Muslim woman. I understand you are of the opinion that Muslim women are submissive ― that our religion provokes and encourages the very misogyny you believe you are free of yourself. But here’s the thing - us Muslim women have to put up with not only the irrational and cowardly Islamophobia you project, but also the sexism and oppression towards Muslim women by bigots like you. Having that much hatred and ignorance inside of you must be exhausting. I understand you are of the opinion that Muslim women are submissive -- that our religion provokes and encourages the very misogyny you believe you are free of yourself. First, I would like to start off by addressing the many ways you undermine and insult Muslim wome...
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Hip, Hippo Hooray For 'River Of Teeth'
NPR - 9 months
Sarah Gailey's alternate-history romp takes place in a United States that went ahead with a wild plan to farm hippos for meat. It's a delightful read that suffers only from being too short. (Image credit: )
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Remembering My Mother's Dying Breaths On This Mother's Day
Huffington Post - 9 months
The room is a square. Walls colored some shade of clay. There is a bed, two chairs, and a window. Sitting on the side table is a jug of water and some white Styrofoam cups. At the front of the room, under the television that does not work, a narrow counter with magazines and bags piled high. I’m sitting on one of the chairs, looking across the room and out the window, watching the warm breath of brick buildings smoke up into the winter’s cold sky. My mother is lying on the bed in front of me, head tilted slightly up, slowly dying. We’ve been here for almost a week. Camped out in this room. In an obliging effort to paint normal the impossible we’ve moved in pieces of her life: a picture frame beside the bed, one of her silly little frog statuettes, the stereo from her kitchen counter playing favorites we don’t know if she can hear. Dionne Warwick, Aretha Franklin, Neil Diamond. At this point, it has become a sort of vigil, with us looming over and around her, quiet and solem...
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Can North Korea Transform U.S.-China Relations?
Huffington Post - 10 months
In international relations, there is no such thing as coincidences, and powers of observation and gut instinct can sometimes tell more than all the intelligence at one’s disposal. Take, for example, the Kafkaesque narrative occurring in relation to North Korea. If we are to believe the headlines, Donald Trump is going to use the threat of American firepower to beat Kim Jong Un into submission. Does anyone believe that is how it is actually going to play out? Here is what we know. A hastily arranged “summit” occurred between Presidents Trump and Xi nearly three weeks ago. The summit was too quickly arranged and too short in duration to accomplish anything on a grand scale, and the speed and timing with which it was arranged is suspect. It could easily have been arranged, and sufficient time spent, to address one issue in depth, however – an issue at the top of both leaders’ agenda: North Korea. Trump commenced delivery of the THAAD anti-missile system to South Korea in early March...
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NEA helps Independent Shakespeare make poetry in the park
LATimes - 11 months
To borrow a line from Sonnet 18, summer’s lease hath all too short a date when the Independent Shakespeare Co. wraps up its annual free performances in Griffith Park each September. The nonprofit has been staging shows in L.A. parks for 14 years, and now draws an audience of more than 50,000 for...
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John Legend Takes Over Public Piano For Impromptu Gig At London Train Station
Huffington Post - 11 months
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Too Short
  • 2013
    Age 46
    In 2013, it was announced he will be collaborating with Lady Gaga on a song entitled "Jewels n' Drugs" for her upcoming album Artpop.
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  • 2012
    Age 45
    On February 10, 2012, a video by Too Short was posted on, a hip-hop website published by Dennis Page.
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    In 2012 Too Short along with E-40 released two collaboration albums on the same day titled History: Mob Music and History: Function Music.
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  • 2011
    Age 44
    He also collaborated in Snoop Dogg's 2011 album, Doggumentary in the song "Take U Home" and on the 50 Cent song "First Date".
  • 2009
    Age 42
    In 2009, Too Short recorded for Daz Dillinger, Lil Jon, Soopafly, Scarface and B-Legit.
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  • 2008
    Age 41
    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.
  • 2007
    Age 40
    However, his subsequent releases, such as 2007's Get Off the Stage, have not been as successful.
  • 2006
    Age 39
    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.
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  • 2004
    Age 37
    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.
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  • 1999
    Age 32
    With the 1999 release of Can't Stay Away, Too Short fully came out of retirement and released a number of new albums within the next few years, most of them taking on a crunk or Dirty South type sound, as he had become involved in the Southern rap scene. However, he didn't totally give up on his trademark funk grooves or sexually explicit style. 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).
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    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.
  • 1994
    Age 27
    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.
  • 1989
    Age 22
    With his 1989 release, Life Is Too Short, he began using replayed established funk riffs (rather than samples) with his beats.
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  • 1985
    Age 18
    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.
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    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.
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  • 1966
    Born on April 28, 1966.
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