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Too Short Explains How Tupac Almost Kept Pimp C From Working With JAY-Z (Video)

With 2000's guest spot on JAY-Z's Top 20 hit "Big Pimpin'," UGK scored their most visible collaboration to date. Produced by Timbaland, it appeared on Jigga's triple-platinum Vol. 3... Life and Times of S. Carter and is easily one of the rapper's biggest commercial successes. At the time, Underground Kingz Bun B... Read more

20 Years Later, Rhyme & Reason Remains Rap Music’s Ultimate Backstage Pass (Video)

During the late 1990s, Hip-Hop was a seismic force that garnered mainstream recognition as a billion-dollar industry. The culture had invalidated scores of critics who dismissed it as a fad during the previous two decades. Hip-Hop achieved this while rewriting the rules of the music business and redefining the American... Read more

A Near 500-Song Mix Showcases The Magnificent History Of West Coast Hip-Hop (Audio)

West Coast Hip-Hop is incredible. So many of its pioneers are still making albums, doing shows, and adding to their legacy. As a tribute to the Left Coast immense contributions to Hip-Hop, Take It Personal Radio has compiled a four-part episode dedicated to gangsta and underground Rap classics from the... Read more

Too Short vs. MC Hammer: 2 Of Oakland’s Finest Were Beefing Subliminally

In the year between September of 1990 and 1991, three Oakland, California Hip-Hop acts would have albums receive platinum certification. Digital Underground would be first, with Sex Packets. In January of the new year, Too Short secured a plaque with Short Dog's In The House. M.C. Hammer would follow two... Read more

A New Study Says Rap Music Has The Fewest Drug References Of Any Genre

In recent years, much attention has been paid to the prevalence of lyrics glorifying the use of drugs in Rap music. In addition to decades of references to alcohol and cannabis, over the last few years, a number of artists have rapped about MDMA (aka Molly) and other substances, including... Read more

Too Short Kept The Funk In The Trunk With This Telling Verse Of His Career (Video)

In 1992, Hip-Hop was changing. The Bay Area, while always an important market for Hip-Hop, had finally produced stars. Oakland's M.C. Hammer had fast become Rap's then all-time best-seller with his Capitol Records Please Hammer Don't Hurt 'Em campaign. Digital Underground, signed to the same East Coast-based Tommy Boy Records... Read more

N.W.A. & Ruthless Records Producer & Keyboardist L.A. Dre Has Passed Away

Ruthless Records affiliate L.A. Dre, who in the 1980s and '90s worked as a producer and keyboardist on albums like N.W.A.'s Straight Outta Compton, Efilzaggin, The D.O.C.'s The Formula, and Eazy E's Eazy-Duz-It (as well as on works from Above the Law, Michel'le, and more) has passed away. A longtime friend and... Read more

A3C Honors 1996 With Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Redman, Too Short & Bun B

This year’s upcoming A3C Festival in Atlanta, Georgia will look back on the year 1996. The five-day event, beginning October 5 on over 75 stages in the city’s Old 4th Ward and surrounding areas, will feature headlining performances by some of the top acts from 20 years ago — all... Read more

E-40 Is Unsung No More. The Life Of Earl Stevens Is Properly Celebrated In This Documentary (Video)

Although he has been one of the most consistent artists in any genre for the better part of three decades, E-40 often does not get his proper respect as an MC and a business man. In the latest episode of Unsung, however, his enduring career is properly celebrated, and what... Read more

T.W.D.Y. Unified The Bay Area To Make For A True Holiday Celebration (Video)

In early 1999, commercial Rap music was evolving. The Bounce music sound of No Limit and now Cash Money Records had greatly influenced what was being played on the coasts. Dr. Dre had yet to release 2001; Suge Knight was incarcerated. Meanwhile DMX, Jay Z, Rakim and Puff Daddy were... Read more

J. Prince & Bun B Discuss Rap-A-Lot Records Ties To Death Row & Beyonce (Video)

2016 marks 30 years since James "J." Prince launched Rap-A-Lot Records. The Houston, Texas-based independent label would go on to achieve #1 albums, numerous platinum plaques, and a hand in the careers of artists ranging from Scarface to Drake, Tha Outlawz to Trae Tha Truth. The label's founder is notoriously... Read more

Too Short Gives Some Real Game To 2 Young Boys With Questions (Video)

Too Short has been giving up "game" for nearly 35 years. Songs like "Gettin' It," "The Ghetto," and "So You Want To Be A Gangster" educated audiences on the thrills and perils of a life in the underworld. However, while many of Too Short's tales are freaky, he still shows... Read more

E-40, Too Short & K-Ci Sprinkled Game In 1996 That Holds True In 2016 (Video)

In 1996, E-40's movement was going strong. 40 Water had successfully launched The Click, established his Sick Wid It Records imprint, and had carved out a respectable solo career. In the year before his third album, the Vallejo, California MC made high-profile appearances on platinum albums by Tupac and Coolio.... Read more

Snoop & Too Short Give Colonel Loud Some of That OG “California” Love on the Remix (Audio)

In 2015, Colonel Loud's "California" became one of the more unexpected breakthrough records of the year. The Fort Lauderdale-born artist, who now resides in North Carolina, after spending 10 years in Atlanta, made a song about the virtues of the Golden State, using the throwback Cali funk sound of the... Read more

Slick Rick’s Great Adventures Of Slick Rick vs. Too Short’s Life Is…Too Short. Which is Better?

One year ago, Ambrosia For Heads launched a debate among its readers seeking to answer one of Hip-Hop’s most hotly-contested questions: who is the greatest MC of all time? “Finding The GOAT MC” lasted between September 2014 and May 2015, engaging millions of readers and ultimately producing its winner, as... Read more

Ice-T’s Rhyme Pays vs. Too Short’s Born To Mack. What’s Better?

One year ago, Ambrosia For Heads launched a debate among its readers seeking to answer one of Hip-Hop’s most hotly-contested questions: who is the greatest MC of all time? “Finding The GOAT MC” lasted between September 2014 and May 2015, engaging millions of readers and ultimately producing its winner, as... Read more

Warren G Is Releasing a Sequel to His Regulate Album and It Will Feature Unreleased Nate Dogg Vocals.

Dr. Dre gets ample props for The Chronic and 2001 as G-Funk masterpieces, as does DJ Quik for his many contributions to the genre. Aside from Warren G's titular song with Nate Dogg, however, his accompanying album often goes relatively unsung as a staple in the G-Funk catalog. With songs... Read more

Finding The GOAT (Round 2): Ice Cube vs. Too Short…Who You Got?

We have reached the second round in the ultimate battle for the title of the GOAT (Greatest of All-Time). We are asking you to help us rank who is the greatest MC to pick up a mic. We will take over 35 years of Hip-Hop into consideration, pairing special match-ups... Read more

E-40 & Too Short Dust Off The T.W.D.Y. Tag and Co-Sign IamSu! (Video)

In the late 1990s, when the Bay area was largely ignored by mainstream radio and video outlets, T.W.D.Y. formed. Ant Banks' super-collective The Whole Damn Yay included icons such as Rappin' 4-Tay and Captain Save'Em, with strong involvement from the likes of Too Short, E-40, Mac Mall, B-Legit, Spice 1,... Read more

Pimp C Remembered On His 41st Birthday By Bun B, Too Short, Paul Wall & More (Video)

Today (December 29), Chad "Pimp C" Butler would have turned 41 years old. Sadly, the UGK icon passed away seven years ago this month from a heart attack. However, even without him in the flesh, the Port Arthur, Texas MC/producer's impact upon music continues to permeate, from Drake and Big... Read more

Earl Hayes, Former 50 Cent, Timbaland & Dr. Dre Collaborator, Involved In Murder Suicide

In some difficult news, rapper Earl Hayes (who also went simply by "Hayes") was found dead today (December 8) in Los Angeles, California. Authorities allege that Hayes fatally shot his girlfriend, dancer and "Hit The Floor" television star Stephanie Mosely, before turning the gun on himself in what has been... Read more

Finding The GOAT: Spice 1 vs. MJG…Who You Got?

As we continue the ultimate battle for the title of the GOAT (Greatest of All-Time), we are asking you to help us rank who is the greatest MC to pick up a mic. We will take over 35 years of Hip-Hop into consideration, pairing special match-ups in a sequence not... Read more

Finding The GOAT: DJ Quik vs. Too Short…Who You Got?

As we continue the ultimate battle for the title of the GOAT (Greatest of All-Time), we are asking you to help us rank who is the greatest MC to pick up a mic. We will take over 35 years of Hip-Hop into consideration, pairing special match-ups in a sequence not... Read more

The More Things Change the More They Stay the Same for Too Short on 19,999 (Audio)

Too Short's latest release finds him covering a subject matter he has discussed at length on every one of his 20 albums since 1983...women. If you know Too Short, you know what to expect from "19,999." He's still mackin'. Related: Don’t Fight the Feeling with The Game, Too Short &... Read more

Don’t Fight the Feeling with The Game, Too Short & Problem (Audio)

Deep into Too Short's 1988 album, Life is Too Short, lies a bombastic funk track called "Don't Fight the Feelin'." The Game has dusted off that record and recruited Short Dog, himself, as well as Problem, AV and Eric Bellinger. Check out "Or Nah."... Read more

Too Short and Rocko Take it Back to the Freaky Tales Sound on Sucka (Audio)

Early in his career, during the Life is...Too Short and Freaky Tales days, Too Short's sound was based on simple drums and simple bass lines. Rocko's song, Sucka, draws on that "back in the day" sound and he invited Short Dog along for the party. Check it out. Related: The... Read more

The Latest Episode of Unsung Covers the Life That is Too Short (Full Video)

Having been in the game for more than 25 years, Too Short is one of the most enduring figures in Hip-Hop. The latest episode of TV One's Unsung bioseries takes a look at the the life of Todd Shaw. Check out the full episode below. Related: Geto Boys are Truly... Read more

Game Releases a Double Track with Schoolboy Q, Skeme, Too $hort & Stacy Barthe (Audio)

Game releases a creative double track with Skeme, Too $hort, Schoolboy Q & Stacy Barthe. The first, Astronaut P*ssy, flips a Britney Spears hook and the second, Welcome to California, is over an amazing chill out track. Totally different...totally dope. Related: The Game Releases Hollywood with Scarface as a Bonus... Read more

DJ Chuckie – Makin’ Papers ft Lupe Fiasco, Too Short & Snow (Video)

A day after taking thinly veiled shots at Jay-Z and Kanye West, Lupe Fiasco is back with a video that also features Too Short, Snow and DJ Chuckie, and which was directed by Larenz Tate. Check out Makin' Papers.... Read more

Tony Touch – V.I.P. ft Too Short, Xzibit & Kurupt

Tony Touch links with Too Short, Xzibit and Kurupt on his latest. Check out V.I.P. Related: Tony Touch – It’s a Queens Thing ft Action Bronson & Kool G. Rap (Audio)... Read more

Young Jeezy – R.I.P. (Remix) ft Snoop Dogg, E-40 & Too Short

Here's the West Coast OG remix of Jeezy's R.I.P. featuring Snoop Dogg, E-40 and Too Short. Check it out below. Related: The BET Hip-Hop Awards West Coast Cypher ft Snoop, DJ Quik, E-40, Kurupt, Xzibit and Kendrick Lamar (Video) Click here to download... Read more

E-40 & Too Short – Bout My Money ft Jeremih & Turf Talk (Video)

E-40 and Too Short flow over a vintage Bay Area funk track on Bout My Money featuring Jeremih & Turf Talk. Check out the video. Related: E-40, Too Short & Wiz Khalifa – Say I (Video)... Read more

E-40, Too Short & Wiz Khalifa – Say I (Video)

Here's a new video from E-40, Too Short and Wiz Khalifa. Check out Say I. Related: E-40 & Too Short – Money Motivated (Video)... Read more

E-40 & Too Short – Money Motivated (Video)

E-40 and Too Short, 2 Bay Area legends, are still putting in work. Check out their new video for Money Motivated. Related: E-40 smashes the 2012 BET Hip-Hop Awards West Coast Cypher (Video)... Read more

50 Cent – First Date ft Too Short

Too Short joins 50 Cent on the first single for his upcoming album, Street King Immortal. Here's First Date. Related: A tribute mix to Chris Lighty (the late, long term manager to 50 Cent) (Mixtape)... Read more

Rock The Bells 2012 Live Stream (Video)

Day 2 of Rock the Bells is taking place right now in California. Here's a live stream of the event. Today's acts include Big Daddy Kane (2:15 PST), DJ Quik (4pm PST), Bone Thugs-N-Harmony (6:30 PST), E-40 & Too Short (7:20 PST), Ice Cube (8:40 PST) and Nas (9:30 PST).... Read more

E-40 – Just Be You ft Too Short & J-Banks (Video)

Here's a new video featuring some Bay Area OGs and it comes with a positive message of being true to yourself. Check out E-40's Just Be You featuring Too Short and J-Banks. Previously: E-40 - That Candy Paint (Video) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HaazqOC-K5E... Read more

Too $hort – Trying to Come Up ft Sir Michael Rocks (Video)

Too $hort teams up with Sir Michael Rocks on Trying To Come Up. Check out the video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=kN7UiwQZXIw... Read more

Here’s a new Wiz Khalifa video. It’s called On My Level and features one of the oldest G’s in the game–Too Short.

Something to ride to. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hmP7TYtDVUU&feature=player_embedded# Click here to download.... Read more