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Too Short

American Rapper and Record Producer

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Too Short Biography

Todd Anthony Shaw better known by the stage name Too Short (stylized as Too $hort), is an American rapper and record producer. Shaw became famous in the West Coast hip hop scene in the late 1980s, with lyrics often based on pimping and promiscuity, but also drug culture and street survival. The latter in songs such as "The Ghetto," and the former in songs such as "Blow the Whistle".

A pioneer of West Coast rap, Too Short began recording in 1983, cultivating a large following in his native Oakland. In 1987, his fourth album "Born to Mack" attracted the attention of Jive Records, who signed him and distributed the album nationally. His subsequent 1988 album "Life Is...Too Short" was highly successful, going double platinum, and he remained prominent into the 1990s.

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 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 Jon, Soopafly, Scarface and B-Legit.

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). These albums all charted fairly well, as they all were in the top 71 of the Billboard 200, but they did not do as well as Too Short's earlier 1990s releases, as none of them reached the top 10.

For his next album, "Blow the Whistle" (2006), Too Short now took advantage of the new hyphy rap music that was emerging out of his original home base in Oakland. This saw somewhat of a resurgence for Too Short as it peaked at No. 14 on the Billboard 200, much better than each of his previous three releases. However, his subsequent releases, such as 2007's "Get Off the Stage," have not been as successful. 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.

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: Function Music." Both charted in the top 100 on the Billboard 200 albums chart.

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's song "Oakland Brookfield Dance".

In 2016, Too Short was featured on the song "Cochino" by Argentine-American rapper Dumbfoundead. The song is the seventh track off of Dumbfoundead's fifth studio album "We Might Die."

Six years after his last release, Too Short released his 20th album "The Pimp Tape" on November 9, 2018. On December 20, 2019 he released his 21st album "The Vault." On December 18, 2020 Too Short and E-40 released their collaboration album "Ain't Gone Do It and Terms & Conditions."

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    Booking fees for Too Short, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Too Short, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • WHO IS THE AGENT FOR Too Short?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Too Short for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Too Short for your next private or corporate function.
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    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Too Short or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Too Short or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.
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Too Short Biography

Todd Anthony Shaw better known by the stage name Too Short (stylized as Too $hort), is an American rapper and record producer. Shaw became famous in the West Coast hip hop scene in the late 1980s, with lyrics often based on pimping and promiscuity, but also drug culture and street survival. The latter in songs such as "The Ghetto," and the former in songs such as "Blow the Whistle".

A pioneer of West Coast rap, Too Short began recording in 1983, cultivating a large following in his native Oakland. In 1987, his fourth album "Born to Mack" attracted the attention of Jive Records, who signed him and distributed the album nationally. His subsequent 1988 album "Life Is...Too Short" was highly successful, going double platinum, and he remained prominent into the 1990s.

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 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 Jon, Soopafly, Scarface and B-Legit.

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). These albums all charted fairly well, as they all were in the top 71 of the Billboard 200, but they did not do as well as Too Short's earlier 1990s releases, as none of them reached the top 10.

For his next album, "Blow the Whistle" (2006), Too Short now took advantage of the new hyphy rap music that was emerging out of his original home base in Oakland. This saw somewhat of a resurgence for Too Short as it peaked at No. 14 on the Billboard 200, much better than each of his previous three releases. However, his subsequent releases, such as 2007's "Get Off the Stage," have not been as successful. 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.

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: Function Music." Both charted in the top 100 on the Billboard 200 albums chart.

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's song "Oakland Brookfield Dance".

In 2016, Too Short was featured on the song "Cochino" by Argentine-American rapper Dumbfoundead. The song is the seventh track off of Dumbfoundead's fifth studio album "We Might Die."

Six years after his last release, Too Short released his 20th album "The Pimp Tape" on November 9, 2018. On December 20, 2019 he released his 21st album "The Vault." On December 18, 2020 Too Short and E-40 released their collaboration album "Ain't Gone Do It and Terms & Conditions."

Too Short Videos

  • Too Short: The E-40 Battle, Women in Rap, New Business with Snoop &...
  • Too Short on Drake, 2Pac, Suge Knight, Pimp C, Eazy-E, Jay Z

FAQs on booking Too Short

  • How to book Too Short?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Too Short for both live and virtual events for over 20 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Too Short, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Too Short or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Too Short?

    Booking fees for Too Short, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Too Short, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Too Short?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Too Short for clients worldwide for more than 20 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Too Short for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Too Short or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Too Short or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Too Short is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Too Short for your event is available upon request. Too Short generally travels from Oakland, CA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Boots Riley, Lute, Gunna, Coi Leray and Cardi B. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Too Short for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Too Short Speaker Videos

  • Too Short: The E-40 Battle, Women in Rap, New Business with Snoop & Cube
    Too Short on Drake, 2Pac, Suge Knight, Pimp C, Eazy-E, Jay Z

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

If you are the talent and wish to request a profile update or removal from our online directory, please submit a profile request form.

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