Todd Anthony Shaw, better known as rap-game, hip hop pioneer Too Short, came to Pittsburgh to perform live in concert at the Homewood Coliseum Oct. 1.
“I’m from the era where we just loved real rap and hip-hop. We just wanted to get to the party and rock the crowd. My dream was to make a hot record, in hopes that I would one day hear myself on the radio. I wanted to see my album sitting in a record store. Back in the day me and my boy deejayed parties in the hood, and we sold cassette tapes,” Too Short said.
The rapper, producer and actor hit the stage and gave hundreds a show they will not forget. He performed hit songs, “Blow The Whistle,” “The Ghetto,” “Gettin’ It,” “Freaky Tales,” and more.
“The dream became real when California got Ice-T, World Class Wrecking Crew, Dr. Dre and LA Dream Team. At that moment I realized, okay, it’s not just in New York. Next thing you know I made my first record in 1985, and it did good. One day I randomly got a phone call asking if I wanted to sign to a major record label with mass distribution. So I signed to Jive Records,” Too Short.
Deciding to sign to a major record label turned a mixtape that he invested a little over a thousand into an album that made him a million dollars.
“All those late nights staying up writing, it was worth it,” he said.
“I have a favorite song that I like to perform, ‘Blow The Whistle’ which is a good stage song. But my personal favorite songs are not the fans favorite songs. And that’s because my favorite songs are symbolic to what was going on in my life and what those songs did for my life. The ‘Born The Mack’ album has two songs on their ‘Freaky Tales’ and the ‘Dope Fiend Beat.’ Those songs mean the most to me than any other songs I did.”
Throughout his career Short Dog aka Too Short has collaborated on different musical projects with Dr. Dre, Scarface, E-40, and other celebrities.
“My all-time favorite music will always be the various funk bands of the ‘70s,” he said. “I love the blues too believe it or not. Right now, today there is a lot of music I like. I can listen to YG’s whole album or J-Cole.
“The pinnacle of my career is being at home in Oakland, Calif., and go to the colosseum in 1989 and the people loved me, and in 2016 the people love me. I still get the same reaction. That’s it right there. That means everything to me,” Too Short said.
Mariah Dixon, a concert attendee, said, “Too Short still got it.” And the packed Homewood coliseum audience strongly agreed.
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