Too Short: Digital Dope

Short Dog tells DX if digital albums remind him of out-the-trunk sales, the state of the Bay, and why he won't be tweeting cocktails anytime soon.

Too Short, Oakland’s original out-the-trunk tape slanger, is making a return to the independent hustle. After a 20 year relationship, 2008's Get Off The Stage marked his split from Jive Records. He’s taking his newly reinstated freedom to the digital sphere, set to drop a new online-only LP Still Blowin.

With old material also in the cannon, the self-proclaimed "old ass rapper" talked to HipHopDX about the digital age divide, his storytelling approach and the state of Bay Area Rap.

HipHopDX: I hear you're going digital with this new album, Still Blowin?
Too Short: Yeah, it's pretty much a no-brainer for me. I've been testing the waters for the last couple of years and it's been working out pretty good. So I decided instead of playing the major label game and trying to get a deal and trying to get the marketing and video budgets and battling with the labels when they talk that good shit on the way in the door and then back the fuck away and don't push the project right once it gets out... I'm just sick of that shit.

DX: Coming from an independent background, could you have ever predicted the Internet opening up the independent world like it has?
Too Short: I can't say that I foresaw that it was gonna happen like that, but I can say that when the CD duplicators came out and downloads started getting out of hand, I knew that [the end was near]. The labels at first cried "This [is] terrible, we're losing our money." But I'm just thinking like, you guys have been getting fat with this 80/20, 90/10% splits and shit forever. It's almost like the music was fighting back against the system. The music is for the people, so I feel like all the free downloads and all the CD burning, that hurt the record sales but at the same time if you're making good music your phone is still ringing, you're still doing shows. For a guy like me to turn to digital, it's perfect at this point in my career. I've already made a name. I don't have to build a career on the Internet, I can just maintain a career. We gonna make some good music, we're gonna tour around and keep doing shows for the people. We go across the ocean. My career is beyond where it was supposed to be anyway. If you do the normal mathematical equation of what Hip Hop is, I should have been out of here years ago. So I'm just riding a wave that'll never end.

DX: Do you think majors are still a necessity for lesser-known artists?
Too Short: I think the major labels do what they do. They know how to make you a big star. If you're not on your way to being a big star then there's really no place for you at a major. They wait for that lightning in a bottle. If you put a single out and it's a super hit, they're rolling with it. Anything short of that they're not fucking with you.

How many people have we seen, in their own region, build up hundreds of thousands of dollars with independent labels? They run the community, everybody loves them and then they sign with a major and the shit fades away. "So-and-so got a five million dollar deal, they the new shit." Next thing you know, two or three years later and they're gone. It happens so many times. But then on the flip side, Cash Money [Records] and labels like that thrived in a major label system.

DX: Yeah like a few years ago when the Bay and Hyphy were being touted as the next big mainstream thing, then a lot of those artists who signed with majors just sort of fizzled.
Too Short: The Bay Area's always been on this little "do it our way" thing. This our shit. So when they called the shit Hyphy or whatever, it wasn't really a local thing. Motherfuckers were just using the word and doing the sideshows and everything that went with it, ghostriding the whip and the media dubbed it the Hyphy movement. And then everybody was like, "Oh, we got a movement, let's roll with it." But when it was supposed to go commercial and it didn't motherfuckers were like, "Let's just do what we do." It never changed. The dances didn't change, the attitude didn't change. The shit stayed the same, they just disassociated the scene with the word. So it ain't nobody running around Oakland talking about "I'm Hyphy" anymore. That shit is not even existing. But if you put on some music, it's gonna look the same as it always looked. The scene is gonna keep on.

There's a lot of artists that have regional success, that are doing their shows, traveling around. If they don't sell five to ten thousand units, they're still bringing checks home. It's a Hip Hop career. You don't have a job that you have to get up and go to. You don't have to work in a fucking warehouse or fast food or some shit. Me personally, that's the kind of Hip Hop that  I came up in. We got this talent, let's get some money off this shit. Not necessarily, let's be on MTV. Fuck that shit. Let's have fun making the music and make some money out of it. If I'm eating and the homeboys eating then it's cool. That's the good shit. Not motherfuckers saying, "Oh, you sold 10,000 units, you wack." Fuck that. There's nigga's selling 10,000 units in little areas all over the country.

DX: And almost all the big artists started on that level anyway.
Too Short: I look at it like college. You talk to most of the successful rappers and ask "The day before you started making big money, how many years had you been trying to get in the game?" They all gonna tell you four, five, eight years. It's just like going to college. You gotta put in work, pay dues.

DX: Do you pay attention to any of the younger artists in the bay who are coming up now?
Too Short: You hear the names in the wind. It's a lot of dudes with skills that are coming behind the next dudes, after the Keak Da Sneaks and Mistah F.A.Bs and Messy Marvs. It's a whole new crew making a name for themselves. I think we got a lot of cats in the bay that have verbal skills. People might not know it, but it's a lot of rapper-rappers, you know? It ain't really on that jump out the car and ghostride the whip, funny, party type shit. It's motherfuckers out here spitting rhymes. There's a next generation coming and they're doing it through the MySpaces and the Facebooks and the mixtapes and all that shit.

DX: Have you been paying attention to any of the solo stuff the guys from The Pack, who used to be on your label, have been putting out lately?
Too Short: Yeah, Lil B went and got down with Soulja Boy, he's been doing his thing. When he was with The Pack and they were around me, he was the was the one who was writing all the hooks and shit. B had that energy. I haven't been seeing his tweets and his Internet activity, but I hear he stays very active. Lil Uno been posting up videos and stuff, Young L has some solo videos. I was just in Colorado and Stunna was doing solo shows. I'm glad to see them staying active.

DX: Yeah they seem real deep into the Internet thing.
Too Short: I never even heard of MySpace until I met them dudes a few years ago! When we met I was like, "What the fuck is MySpace, man?" Then they went and showed me that shit and they got a million fucking friends. Shit, that's what they grew up in. That's the new generation. They were born with Playstation controllers in their hands.

DX: Are you gonna jump into the Twitter or Facebook worlds or any of that?
Too Short: I'm personally not gonna sit around on a fucking computer and blog or have cyberspace friends and all that shit. As a business, of course we're gonna have some presence in that world, but I'm not gonna sit around all day like my boy F.A.B. You hang out with F.A.B. and he sit around all day on Twitter, MySpace, Facebook, his text messages, emails and making phone calls at the same time while he's writing raps and recording. I'm like, "Motherfucker, what are you doing?" It's what he does though, it works for him. But I'm from a different era, man. I could turn around and do that shit. I know a lot of OGs, guys like Yukmouth, keeping it alive by utilizing the Internet, but that ain't me. You can find me on the net, but you're not gonna personally get me hitting the keys, talking back and forth with you.

DX: On an unrelated note, is there any chance we’ll one day be able to hear some of those old pre-75 Girls trunk tapes?
Too Short: Hey, you know now that we have the internet cracking, now's the perfect time. I can't really get into the details right now but we are getting ready to post a lot of Too Short shit that's kind of obscure. We're gonna make the shit available. I personally feel like in my career and many Hip Hop careers, that the moment when it's best is when you were broke. You just getting in the game, you young and writing, just dreaming. If you go to the early Too Short albums versus the later Too Short albums, it becomes a formula [as time goes on]. You go to the early Jay-Z albums and hear the shit he was saying, how naturally it was coming out, versus now where it's just a perfectly crafted album. It's just different. I like the young stages of a Hip Hop career. Most people can kick up that dust when their broke and still in the neighborhood and still just with the homies on the block. You ain't really got an opportunity to have some money and live somewhere else. That's when the shit is the best. The percentage of people that can get past that moment is very small. To get to that second or third album and still keep the magic, that's impossible. Me myself, I feel like my best shit was a long long long long time ago. And even though I keep going I still that it ain't never gonna capture that magic of that shit I was spitting in '89, '91. I was in the zone, I was a youngster.

DX: So why continue then?
Too Short: Because of the people go around saying that there's no such thing as an old ass rapper. If E-40 can make "Tell Me When To Go" when he's fucking 40 years old and I'm making "Blow The Whistle" when I'm 41, tell me I'm wrong. I'm making shit that's gonna hit again. I'm about turn 44 and I'm gonna have songs in rotation again. So when they put it in ink saying that you can no longer rap at a certain age you can say, "Well, Short did it." I'm just doing that for Hip Hop. I'mma fucking be an old ass rapper! I ain't never gonna dye my grey hair. I ain't never gonna lie about my age. I'm gonna say, "I got a new album coming out and it's gonna be the shit." Then the next album is gonna be the shit, no doubt about it. I'm recording it now and the shit hotter than the last. The shit is just knockin'.

DX: Who are you working with on that record?
Too Short: Right now I've only been in the studio with one producer, this guy named John G, up out of the bay. He does a lot of Dance music, but he has these Hip Hop tracks. He started playing these songs for me and I'm like, "God damn, I could be a whole new motherfucker with these beats." The shit is huge. I'm not making a "bitch, ho, suck my dick" album, it's not gonna be that at all. So you gotta just see the shit is about something. I'm actually researching Too Short myself right now. I'm listening to 50 million old Too Short songs just reminding myself who the fuck I am.

DX: How do you separate Too Short from the "bitch" talk though? So much of your identity is tied up in that.
Too Short: Just like I said. If you research Too Short there have  been a large variety of subjects I've gone through. Basically, from the start it was never about degrading women. From the start it was about promoting the pimp shit and telling motherfuckers to get their motherfucking money. Just don't be no broke motherfucker, be a hustler. That's what I've been promoting. I'm just finding that perfect place to be, to stay in my lane and to pass on the knowledge. Knowledge is not teaching you how to tell a bitch to give you head, knowledge is some real motherfucking useful information.

I'ma tell you like this. The majority of the shit that I wrote is some fuckin' shit I made up sitting in a room, writing these vivid, imaginary stories. It's based on experiences, I know what I'm talking about, but Too Short was never an autobiography. The Too Short albums are not the autobiography of Todd Shaw. I made up all that shit up. "Freaky Tales" is a bunch of names that rhyme easy with other words: "Anne" and "can" and "damn." It's not rocket science. The shit was about the humor. I could have took Too Short and made him a character in a book. And instead of making 16 albums, I could have written 16 books about the character. It would have been the same shit. It would have been the same wonderful stories.

Too Short's a character, I made the shit up. I looked around Oakland. I grew up in L.A., I moved to Oakland when I was 14. I seen this city that was on a whole different heartbeat in L.A. and I liked the shit. When I heard "The Message" by Grandmaster Flash and Melle Mel talking about New York [on "New York, New York,"] I was walking down the street with my boombox and I said, "Motherfucker, I'ma start rapping about Oakland." And that was the light that shined on me. People from Oakland come up to me and said, "Short, we love you. You put the town on the map." Shit the town put me on the map! Y'all made me. I walked around the city. I could have been an artist painting pictures and I would have fell in love with Oakland. I would have painted 16 classical paintings or some shit. Oakland has always been my muse. I could do this shit forever, as long as I got Oakland to give me the stories.

DX: What do you think it means for Hip Hop that artists aren't really willing to draw that line anymore? It's all about who's the realest.
Too Short: Hip Hop took this sort of arrogant turn. This dishonest spin off, it came with the whole "bling bling era." At first you were proud to be the best emcee, you want to stand up for you skills, you want to battle, you want to talk shit, you want to be the slickest, coolest person in your rhymes, you telling stories of your experiences and opinions about your community and the world. Hip Hop was just coming at you from every angle. From Public Enemy to Too Short to Ice-T to Brand Nubian, everybody had to have a different approach, a different look, a different sound in your voice. Nothing could be the same in those days.

Alright look, rappers, ball players and street level thugs used to be in the club in the general area. The motherfuckers who sat behind the rope with the champagne bottles was the drug kingpins, the dangerous motherfuckers that ran shit for real. When a rapper or somebody else got to come to the VIP it's because the gangsters invited you over. The kingpin said "I want to meet so-and-so, the ball player. Bring Too Short over here, I want to meet him." Then you got to hang out behind the rope. Somewhere the rappers put that shit in the video and pretended like it was them doing it, it was them at the table with the bottles. Next thing you know, life starts imitating art for real, next thing you know its all these goddamn rappers in the VIP buying champagne and shit. It turned into reality. Motherfuckers got on the mic in the studio and lied about their rented mansions and cars and pretended that they really owned that shit. And the fucking world ate that shit up. I was hearing little niggas, niggas like The Pack, when I first met them they was saying shit like,  "Man, I'm trying to get rich, I need a motherfuckin' mansion." We got into Hip Hop because we was having fun and we wanted to rock the crowd. These motherfuckers, they got into Hip Hop because they wanted to be rich. So from the start, from album one, you could have been so honest and told me about your life and your struggles but the first thing you said was, "I got 40 Gs in my pocket, finna go buy some jewlery, last night I spent stacks." I watch little niggas in the studio all the time. Motherfucker, you ain't got two dollars for a burger right now and you just wrote that 16 about how rich you is. And I think most of them are just psyched out. "I gotta say what the other dudes said." We still ain't came out of that. I'm hoping that one day motherfuckers just come out of that and just get a little bit more honest. Or just start writing stories that sound honest, make me believe the shit.

DX: Do you think that it'll correct itself as less money comes into Hip Hop?
Too Short: My wish is that this fuckin' free-for-all we got going on with the Internet is gonna spread it out a little bit and make that shit a little more honest. Let some other motherfuckers get their word out there and their opinion out there. If something else just shines a little bit then the labels are gonna push that way. How many more videos are we gonna get with a house and a car and a pool and a bitch dancing? I watch Rock videos, Country Western videos and those motherfuckers be original as hell. And Hip Hop is doing the same video over and over again. We've been doing the same video for 15 years. I did a [guest appearance in a] video two months ago at a God-damn club. I'm like, "Man, another one?" I just go with the flow though. Put the bottles up on the table, spread the chicks out. But if we don't [change] it somebody in another country is gonna do it and the center of Hip Hop is gonna shift to another part of the world.

DX: Do you think that's a possibility?
Too Short: Hell yeah! When I'm in Japan motherfuckers is on stage rapping in Japanese and the crowd is singing along with it. I'm in France and they fucking flowing in French. That shit is everywhere. Motherfuckers is rapping in Africa in their native language. They ain't trying to rap in English.

International shows are just weird to me because you see these people singing along to your songs but they can't fuckin' speak English. How the fuck do you know my song if you can't speak English? I had someone say to me, "Where we're from in Africa we use Hip Hop to learn English. We learn the words through Rap."

DX: There's probably a little African kid running around saying "biiiiitch” as we speak.
Too Short: Shit, I'll take it. You can't put your finger on Hip Hop and say this is what it is. They keep on trying to do it. They want to say the new shit is wack, the old shit is better, the fucking shit's gonna die down, you can't be this age. You can't fucking tell Hip Hop what to do! This has been the vibe since day one. I remember when, in the mindstate of the mainstream, Hip Hop was the equivalent of a dance. They was like, "Oh, that little dance that the negroes are doing." The shit ain't never went away. The people who used to be in the R&B world, playing instruments, they shitted on Hip Hop when it came out. They was like "That shit is not music." The radio stations wouldn't play it at first, the awards shows wouldn't even announce the shit, even if Rap sold millions. Now you can't stop the vibe. You can't make it New York, you can't make it South, you can't make it Midwest, it's gonna do what it wanna do. And my old ass is gonna keep rapping throughout the whole shit.

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34 Comments

  • nm504

    short dog is in the house

  • ERS10ne

    I have been on HipHopdx for years and I have to honestly say this is the best interview I have read yet!! Seen Short in concert back in the 90's. Short came to the stage. No hype man no nothing. White T-shirt and jeans and left the building collasped. It was all about the muisc. One of the better shows I have been to. Too Short, A Hip Hop Legend!

    • philly 215 302

      too short keeping it a hundred why dont everybody get this about hip hop. hip hop is something u live,breathe,talk,walk but its not a act or facade what happened to keepin it real but for real though.

  • uzipolo-king of decatur

    @malcolm litte below is what i mean when i say rappers are doing it like that even though i have REPEATEDLY said rapper over 40 is stupid(and it is) at least these two are doing something other than rapping which mean all along they had a dream and desire to make it big and rapping is not going to cut it in other words why would they do it? this is the part when i say they take the rap game for a joke and do other ventures this also makes my point when you have a dream align yourself with real people and also be with people who are smarter than you finally this makles my point about rappers using the rap game as a TEMP SERVICE enjoy........ says uzipolo king of decatur It's a toss up between Jay-Z and Diddy for the richest in hip-hop title! Both men are worth 300+ million dollars. Despite both men owning and being affiliated with apparel companies, this still doesn't stop top designers from asking them to wear their brand. Their wealth isn't the only thing they have common, they also share the same first name and they both have a taste for the lifestyle of the rich and famous. Electronic companies offer them gadgets before they hit the market and try to entice the deal by offering to make the gadgets diamond encrusted. Both men drive Maybach's, they also enjoy vacationing on private islands. They both enjoy Dubai, Brunei and St. Tropez. Diddy also likes to vacation in Greece and he made history when he became the first black man to rent the luxurious yacht owned by late billionaire Aristotle Onassis. In the words of Lyor Cohen: "Diddy knows where the money is and he knows how to make money." Both men have access to private jets and both men not only have the AMEX black card, but they also have the Dubai black card. They also share a thirst for Dom Perignon. Jay-Z is more low key but Diddy likes to be the center of attention and loves to party! Jay-Z has a small percentage in the New Jersey Nets and is looking to invest in a soccer team. Diddy is also looking to invest in a soccer team.

  • yeahmtownholmes

    good read..one of the best ive read..i agree with him

  • Mr Furley

    @Queen from Decatur (Biiiiiiiiiiatch what R ya smoking Sir Too $hort comin straight from Oakland) Keep it simple pimp'n...

  • Mr. Furley

    @Queen from Decatur "Biiiiiiiiiiatch what R ya smoking Sir Too $hort comin straight from Oakland" Keep it simple pimp'n, u doin 7much!

  • Mr. Furley

    @Thing from decatur keep it simple pimp'n (real shit!) "Biiiatch what R ya smoking, Sir Too $hort comin straight from Oakland" PS... 2pac ain't from no where in GA

  • Atl2Trill

    One of the best interviews on this site. Short Dogg spit some game wit this article. I feel him about Hip-Hop being on some fantasy shit now.

  • SKIBO

    I HAVE TO SAY THAT THIS WAS ONE OF THE BEST READS EVER ON DX! TOO SHORT IS A LIVING LEGEND AND I'M GLAD DX COVERED HIM. I GOT INTRODUCED TO SHORT ON A TRIP TO VISIT FAMILY IN NC BACK IN THE LATE 80'S. THE 1ST SONG I EVER HEARD WAS "FREAKY TALES" AND I WAS LIKE WOW WHO IS THIS? AND WHERE IS THIS DUDE FROM? BEING FROM CT AND GROWING UP LISTENING TO LL, RUN-DMC, RAKIM, G-RAP, JUST ICE, ETC, THIS WAS A WELCOMED CHANGE OF PACE BELEIVE IT OR NOT. I LIKE UNIQUE ARTISTS AND SHORT FIT THAT MOLD. I LIKE THE WAY SHORT SHARED HIS KNOWLEDGE OF THE GAME FROM HIS PERSPECTIVE, HE GAVE AWAY SOME JEWELS FOR FREE! I HOPE I SEE SHORT ON SOME OF THESE HIP-HOP PANELS ACROSS THE COUNTRY BECAUSE HE KNOWS WHAT HE IS TALKING ABOUT!!! I WILL NEVER FORGET THE SPRING OF 1993 OR EITHER 1994(I WISH I COULD REMEMBER THE EXACT YEAR CAUSE I MET 2PAC THE SAME DAY!!) WHEN I MET HIM AT FREAKNIC, HE WAS COOL AND AMONGST ALL THE FOLKS AT PIEDMONT PARK WITH NO CRAZY ENTOURAGE BLAZIN A MARLEY! HE WAS DOWN TO EARTH AND TOOK TIME OUT TO GIVE ME A POUND! LONG LIVE SHORT AND RAP AS LONG AS YOU WANT TO PLAYBOY CAUSE YOU KNOW YOU WAS BORN TO MACK!!!

  • 134allstar

    thats whats up short....we as people of color are responsible for our music.....do that shit my nigga and fuck whoever said you too old...that shit kills me....why is that the Rolling Stones...or ..Kiss..or whoever the fuck can sell out arenas and these muthafukas are 100 years old...but and a rap artist gets a certaint age and hes too old...fuck that...we need some of that old as they say rap shit.....not taking anything away from whats poppin today but.....fuck that ..when you put an age limit on this rap shit....you will kill the GENRE!!!!...HIPHOP..AND RAP FOR LIFE.....134 lets go...R.I.P.Freaky Tah!!!! lostboyz

  • Dretruth

    Too Short: Hey, you know now that we have the internet cracking, now's the perfect time. I can't really get into the details right now but we are getting ready to post a lot of Too Short shit that's kind of obscure. We're gonna make the shit available. I personally feel like in my career and many Hip Hop careers, that the moment when it's best is when you were broke. You just getting in the game, you young and writing, just dreaming. If you go to the early Too Short albums versus the later Too Short albums, it becomes a formula [as time goes on]. You go to the early Jay-Z albums and hear the shit he was saying, how naturally it was coming out, versus now where it's just a perfectly crafted album. It's just different. I like the young stages of a Hip Hop career. Most people can kick up that dust when their broke and still in the neighborhood and still just with the homies on the block. You ain't really got an opportunity to have some money and live somewhere else. That's when the shit is the best. The percentage of people that can get past that moment is very small. To get to that second or third album and still keep the magic, that's impossible. Me myself, I feel like my best shit was a long long long long time ago. And even though I keep going I still that it ain't never gonna capture that magic of that shit I was spitting in '89, '91. I was in the zone, I was a youngster. ____________________________________________________________ he could still do it if he wanted to and got some where else to get in the zone. Sometime we take ourselves out of elements and we just make noise. But we can be the music notes if you just take yourself from your normal routine and watch out - here comes a master piece. Love you short. The ghetto.

  • Dretruth

    Too Short: Because of the people go around saying that there's no such thing as an old ass rapper. If E-40 can make "Tell Me When To Go" when he's fucking 40 years old and I'm making "Blow The Whistle" when I'm 41, tell me I'm wrong. I'm making shit that's gonna hit again. I'm about turn 44 and I'm gonna have songs in rotation again. So when they put it in ink saying that you can no longer rap at a certain age you can say, "Well, Short did it." I'm just doing that for Hip Hop. I'mma fucking be an old ass rapper! I ain't never gonna dye my grey hair. I ain't never gonna lie about my age. I'm gonna say, "I got a new album coming out and it's gonna be the shit." Then the next album is gonna be the shit, no doubt about it. I'm recording it now and the shit hotter than the last. The shit is just knockin'. _______________________________________________________________ I agree...this is still a free fighting country do you why you can. I agree totally.

  • Dretruth

    Otay short dogg's in the house and I like that title digital dope very catchy should sell a milllion.

  • stevep

    real ass shit from short dogg! who i just seen kill a show in cleveland last fall!...ill interview

    • Cdouble82

      my bad homie I meant to post this on its own!! but all G my dude I see you like short dogg too! stay up pimpin!!!

    • Cdouble82

      That was some real shit from a real ass dude!! Ima east coast dude for ever and I can say I got every Too Short Album till this day even I dont bump it like I did his earlier albums I still bought it he can get my money any day.... Him and Scarface I will support them cats forever!! Albums like Chase the cat, Whats my Favorite Word, You Nasty and Cant stay Away man!! the list goes on... I was born in 1980 So I been around to hear some of hiphop greatests do it!! so all you young cats out there do yourself a favor and go back listen to some of short dog's shit and you will be straight!!!! Keep doing your thing Short Dogg I will be copping the new joint too!!!

  • uzipolo king of decatur

    @malcomlittle firts off the first platnum rapper from the ATl was MC Shy-d he had a international hit called -Shake It(come on ..shake shake it) he came from the elite squad called the J-team which was headed by DJ King Edward J he was the first DJ to have a DJ Team (way before legion of doom,heavy hitters, superfriends, ghetto style dj's) he was also the first to have real loive mixtapes, meaning that if the tape was 60-90 then that it was it was not timed it was not staged..if it cut of than thats that he was also the first dj to sing on records live as well but most famous was the mix of blending 122bpm=130 bpm beats to slow records(accapella) one example of this if you listen to the so so def bass allstar albulms and hear alot of this method another great one is the mix of ricky bell singing the first verse of the BBD sond (tell me when will i...) and a fast 122BPM drops in..yes Edward J started that but the most famous was the SHAI Accapella(do...da da do...do do) then with a fast record ..all this came form dj king edward J who was more realer than todays dj's because he let regualr high school kids join the team and it wasnt like they were famous or had money they were just dudes up the street some of the dj;s were dj len dj man dj bam dj kizzy rock--then second generation lady dj dj bonee and the most famous one out that pack was dj smurf(mr collipark now) and they SCRATCHED on the records,,no beat machines, no gimmicks just two turntables(mabe 3) and a mic..these dj's now should be ashamed especially ny for yelling on records and not being orgininal and not scratching,,how can you call yourself a dj and not scratch?what the hell and how can you be the birth p[lace of hip hop and yall never win a DJ Battle(boy..thats another history lesson) brother, you are talking to the right one when you say HISTORY..i suggest you go buy that new SAMSUNG fast text phone they just put out bcause if you are ready to type with uzi polo about history you better come with it... but as far as the ATL muscially..man ANYBODY your uncle your grandfather ALL your relatives KNOW about Atlanta GA in the music man..its not rocket science have you forgot about JAMES BROWN, brook benton, After 7,TLC,GLADYS KNIGHT, OTIS REDDING, BRICK, THE SOS BAND, REM(lol) THe BLACK CROWS,dj toomp(nzone!) polo da don(jim crow-zone 4 ent)Gucci,TI OUTKaST,Pebo Bryan(well later)Jermaine Dupree(so so def) of course Edward J, shy d,raheem the dream man thats just off the top of my head but you can ask ANY sonwritter and producer when i throw just those names out there and you will see we have dominated the charts and the industry for over 25 years..oops wait aminute im wrong james brown..ahh man its 45 YEARS.. come on man LOL whew.. now the rap which is easily 25 years we here in atlanta have invented so many styles for america to learn watch and adore that its not even funny i can go on and on about this like the Bankhead bounce, snap music(whether you like it or not somebody bought it) i mean so many dances like the famous ..YEEK dance that EVERYBODY and they mama copy cated...i gues the best example of this if you see the big boi video i like the way you move and farnsworth bently dancing in the background well that a ATL dance(hmm farnsworth was discovered in atl hmmm) then we have hit man sammy sam raheem the dream out kast goodie mob so so def bass all stars..the dj crew the superfriends, tupac(yep tupac is from decatur ga)kilo ali(coo caaaiine!!)pastor troy atic crew, dungueon family, TI,wacka flocka gucci,jim crow,the crowd pleasers(outkast dancers) kv and ev(shawty swing my way)shawty lo, souija boy tell em,damage,success in effect(roll it up my nigga) man i can go on and on as you can see ATL is not a joke and this year we are going top taked over the game in RAP and Rand B because you see it used to be eithier or one year the rap scene do it all then the next the R&B scene but now we got usher and monica out ahh man thats huge and when Gucci come out..oh my god, then Big Boi, then TI, then young jezzy(welp, jezzy now) man are you kidding me i will kept saying artist are paid like that well let me expalin clear...SOME OF THEM you know why because they take advantage of thier resources and enlign themselves with people who know what the F&^K to do to make them successful im not going to name all the names in the game that have fragracense,t shirts, slacks, lollipops,endorsements,popcorn,etc, yall know who they are you see them everyday on the internet which PROVES my point they had to have a marketing stragety, they had to have a dream, they wanted to do more than just RAP, these niggas cant rap, they use the rap game to do something else and to set themselves up for the future sometimes in life it aint who you are its what you got to be THATS what i mean Fam when i say they ARE making it like that ok..ok i will through some names..then you decided-50 cent--by all means he wasnt rich coming in the game but the smartest thing he could ever do is copyright g unit, now he has sneakers,khackis, t shirts etc, now keep in mind he is rapping(lol) keep that in mind now you wake up and he has a business, label,merchandise,production team,movies, books, etyc..this is just one example i will say j ay z-but that will be on the next history lesson so my friend to say they aint getting it like that is false everybody might not but its alot of people that is because they know how to read and write to be continued.... NY HIP HOP(my favorite) says uzipolo king of decatur

  • hiphopscout

    http://www.reverbnation.com/savvysav#/artist/artist_videos/659615?sel_song_id=3407393&autoplay=1

  • uzipolo king of decatur

    @malcolm little i really dont understand your comment and i didnt understand it from another perspective you was going and i tried for 15 minutes to do so so i guess i have to respond or clear up a few things... yes thats ALL i took from the article was to not get fucked by the majors which is EXCELLENT yes i said dont rap when your 40 years old..why would you do that? i dont understand? as far as the money all that mubo jumbo you said about giving it to ma dukes is all that is far from the truth the rappers out there dont think like that the interview was boring actually he should have done some REAL Oakland California history what im SHOCKED about is NOBODY is complaining about him downplaying the new technology the new kids are using to get exposed i mean even he jumped on the bandwagaon ..as far as your...READ BETWEEN THE LINES COMMENT..malcolm little but back to the money part ..i mean thats what they do and i am sticking by it they use this game as a joke and a temp service and for you to not think that is very sad because when you buy they stuff they invest and get the cars, invest/put out electronics, get a stupid reality show, etc...so THEY ARE getting money like thatn because somebo0dy is buying it but thanks for taking time to read the comments which thousands view every week PS..im not the problem or the one you should mad at... you should blame the interviewer/editor of this post the best interviews they had so far was the one about boston and the schooly d one so take notes on this and compare them to this and you will see what i am talking about says uzipolo king of decatur..ATL the best music for the last 35 years

    • MalcolmLittle

      @ Uzipolo ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ @malcolm little i really dont understand your comment and i didnt understand it from another perspective you was going and i tried for 15 minutes to do so so i guess i have to [Look famo...I ain't even tryin to argue with you like that, but real shit...if you were unable to comprehend my comment even after 15 min. of studyin it, well I'm sorry but I believe that says more about you than it will me. No disrespect to you my man, I'm just sayin] yes thats ALL i took from the article was to not get fucked by the majors which is EXCELLENT [I agree, that WAS an excellent point. But c'mon Uzi...you're really gonna sit there with a straight face and say he didn't make another excellent point when he spoke on these young niggas out here talkin about all this money they're makin and all the cars they're whippin, when in reality they can't even afford a bus pass?? It wasn't another excellent point when he spoke on how the mainstream likes to capitalize on independent and underground movements by pickin out the most appealin elements of the movement and slappin a label on it(hyphy)? I'm not gonna break down the whole interview, but the man made many VERY valid statements throughout the whole thing.] yes i said dont rap when your 40 years old..why would you do that? i dont understand? [Hell I dunno...why don't we call Mick Jagger and Steve Tyler, ask em why they're still rockin out in their 60s and 70s...let's ask Gil Scott-Heron and Sade why they'd decide to drop albums after all this time. Let's ask Tina Turner and Stevie Wonder why they continue to sell out venues worldwide. It's a lil thing called LOVE FOR THEIR CRAFT AND THE ARTFORM. Not only that...you gotta remember, these 40+ year old rappers got 30 and 40 year old fans who came up on their music...fans who will never be able to relate to the "music" of a Waka Flocka Sambo or a Lil Shame. THAT'S now you understand why they would do that.] as far as the money all that mubo jumbo you said about giving it to ma dukes is all that is far from the truth the rappers out there dont think like that [Now I'm kinda confused here as to what you mean when you say the rappers don't think like that...are you sayin that about givin some to their moms and makin sure she's good, or all the other shit I mentioned? I won't even get into this part of the convo anymore til I'm clear on where you're comin from with that, that way I'm sure of what I'm sayin.] the interview was boring actually he should have done some REAL Oakland California history [C'mon man...$hort been speakin on REAL Oakland history for 30 years now, can't expect him to do the shit everytime he opens his mouth. No one expects Jay to talk about Brooklyn history, they don't expect Wayne to talk about N.O. history...so why should Too $hort have to after all this time he been in the game?? And cuz he didn't, that makes him boring? I guess...] what im SHOCKED about is NOBODY is complaining about him downplaying the new technology the new kids are using to get exposed i mean even he jumped on the bandwagaon ..as far as your...READ BETWEEN THE LINES COMMENT..malcolm little [First off, that read between the lines thing is my personal motto that I live by and am tryin to remember to use as a sig of sorts at the end of my post...not a shot at you at all. My bad if it was misconstrued as that. Now as far as him downplayin the technology and then jumpin on the bandwagon or whatever...$hort's a true hustler, I ain't talkin about that ol on the corner shit these young cats are talkin about either.] but back to the money part ..i mean thats what they do and i am sticking by it they use this game as a joke and a temp service and for you to not think that is very sad because when you buy they stuff they invest and get the cars, invest/put out electronics, get a stupid reality show, etc...so THEY ARE getting money like thatn because somebo0dy is buying it [Uzi, Uzi, Uzi...for real fam. Do you seriously believe a nigga like Waka Flocka or OJ da Juiceman is comin in the game with that type of gameplan to just use rap (notice I didn't say Hip-Hop) as a steppin stone to put em in a postion for more lucrative ventures...seriously?? These niggas can barely put together a halfway coherent sentence, who in the business world is REALLY gonna take em serious?? This is a real question I'm askin right now. Furthermore, as far as these "investments" you described...apparently you missed that whole "guns and butta" speech...nothin u just named constitutes an investment that brings in residual income. Cars? Snoop had the Snoop DeVille a few years ago, but that's it. Electronics? Yeah Dre has the headphones, and I do believe there's a couple other bigger names out there comin out with speakers and diff. sorts of equipment, but it ain't that many people at all. And even then, those ain't things that appreciate with value over time, or somethin that's a guaranteed paycheck for years to come...they'd be better of gettin on a movie soundtrack or gettin a song on a video game. Reality shows?? Wow Uzi... Last I recall, the main rappers really gettin reality shows are the ones that "fell off" years ago...which while we're on that subject...yeah the ones doin the shows are makin a few dollars, but compare that dollar amount to the amount the networks are makin off those exact same shows and tell me who's REALLY gettin money. If these rappers were really gettin paid like that, they'd have no NEED to rent EVERYTHING they flash in their videos...the cars, houses, clothes, jewelry, women...all RENTED. Yeah there are some out there that do own at least some of the shit, but the numbers really ain't as high as you're tryin to portray. You're delusional if you think otherwise. All the millions of records 'Pac sold, that man died with somethin like $125,000 in the bank...and he HAD other ventures. So do you REALLY think in 2010, in an age of 360 deals where only a couple Hip-Hop acts a year even break a mil in sales, do you REALLY think these niggas are paid like that? Now you'll never hear me claim to be the smartest man in the world, but at the same time I'm far from dumb.] but thanks for taking time to read the comments which thousands view every week PS..im not the problem or the one you should mad at... you should blame the interviewer/editor of this post the best interviews they had so far was the one about boston and the schooly d one so take notes on this and compare them to this and you will see what i am talking about [I read the Schooly D interview when it was posted, and it was a great read as well as this one. I'm failin to see the point you're tryin to make here though, please enlighten me?] says uzipolo king of decatur..ATL the best music for the last 35 years [I'm not a South basher by any means, I got people in the A and it's my fav place to visit...but you're trippin hard with that last 35 years mess. Damn near everything I listen to is old school, and I can't think of many groups even comin out of the A 35 years ago. I could be wrong though, and if so put me up on some acts to check out...real shit, I'm always interested in expandin my horizons. Peace to you fam, and again no disprespect intended.] *READ BETWEEN THE LINES, AND QUESTION EVERYTHING* http://realityreport-mlittle.blogspot.com

  • ZazaZow

    One of the greatest!

  • 2Short_OG

    Ha Ha Ha! I'm from the Mr. Magic/Marley Marl/Chuck Chillout/DJ Red Alert era of the East so I wasn't feeling but a few Too Short tracks coming up. But real recognize real, and dude was dropping some knowledge on this interview. Wise dude with his old ass! But, I can't talk! Now I gotta go find that Too Short "Gettin' It" track and put it on blast.

  • I'm at work and bored

    "You hang out with F.A.B. and he sit around all day on Twitter, MySpace, Facebook, his text messages, emails and making phone calls at the same time while he's writing raps and recording. I'm like, "Motherfucker, what are you doing?" ahahahahahahahahahahaha

  • Ceazar

    Listen officially me and my colleages r now testing out all R and B songs, heres wht u do it want 2 find out if its a hit, give me a unmastered version of ur song, it dont have 2 be mixed well cause it can do that, Ill take it home and test it out on sum good pussy. Now if my headboard survives that it aint a hit but if that bitch broke aaaaaaaa u got a hit top ten single

  • kay666

    A real player up in here.

  • Ceazar

    Now u know everything u come out wit is a classic, bitch spend ya rent money on this album, and timbaland go pick my boy up and take him equipment shopping, and Beat bangers want a openlab endorsement, he taking lessons from the Senator 2day, and when he start making that fire, go sit ya ass in a corner wit ya face 2 the wall.

  • uzipolo king of decatur

    well well..welp first off i didnt know he was that old and i think that if your over 40 years old you should not be rapping its ignorant and you should be CEO/president by now but its also a trip when you see busta jay z e 40 and too $hort who are 40 or over and the rappers that started BEFORE them aint rapping no more...incredible? i wonder what those rappers are saying now?? i guess the only thing i got out of this article is dont fuck with majors(whether your starting or if you are a hit in your area) promote yourself online and do shows to get paid but when you look at the people that dont do this they are richer than ever (jay-z 50 cent to name a few) i guess what have should have been said is to think of other things to do when you become big and invest in it which is what EVERYBODY AND THEY MOMMA is doing in the rap game they use the rap game as a temp service what i mean is these ni^%as cant rap, you know that and i know that so they goto the pawn shop get some cheap eqiupment (or download some free trail digital music software) or buy the software leran a little and put out some mediocre jam that catch on to the masses then they do shows to get they name out there,, the they do MORE SHOWS? why? because now they HAVE to because now they have an albulm out,radio is in demand for they songs and also by this time they have a video so now they are crossing different states and not just being a local joker ok, now we got to the money what do you think they do? and folks we have seen this a thousand times.. they go invest in cologne,clothing,headphones,shoes,pocorn,digim smacks and neverything else under the sun and i know i know this takes over 3-4 years to do but it is obviosly these people haved a plan iso they use the rap game as a temp service to get richer and richer to get them where they want to be financially i know too short isnt suppoosed to tell you what to do with your life but damn(lol) at over 40 years old he could have told the young bucks about something rather than downgrading the newest technology the youngings are using to get themselves heard says...uzipolo king of decatur

    • Amaru

      why da fuck should they be ceo's just because their 40 hip hop is an art theirs no age limit to doing an art form. and why would an artist be a ceo they didnt choose business as a carrer they chose to be musicians for a living they didnt go to business school. and rock has 60 year oldsstill going multi platinum why shouldnt hip hop

    • MalcolmLittle

      @ Uzipolo With all due respect my man, you couldn't be further off base with what you said fam. Hoodgrown already touched on part of it so I don't feel the need to repeat it. What I'm really trippin on, is how you're really sittin there like these flash in the pan rappers are actually makin wise business decisions with the lil bit of change they ARE makin. C'mon now, I know not even you can honestly believe that. You know the game...nigga get that 1st lil taste of "big" money, that shit goes straight to the following places: the kush man, the bartender, the auto detail spot, and if he has anything left over after the sackchasin hoes sink their talons into him then he might toss his mama a lil somethin. Some cats do manage to show a small about of dignity though by gettin mom dukes right 1st, but the rest still usually goes to the same places afterward. "Motherfuckers got on the mic in the studio and lied about their rented mansions and cars and pretended that they really owned that shit. And the fucking world ate that shit up." "So from the start, from album one, you could have been so honest and told me about your life and your struggles but the first thing you said was, "I got 40 Gs in my pocket, finna go buy some jewlery, last night I spent stacks." I watch little niggas in the studio all the time. Motherfucker, you ain't got two dollars for a burger right now and you just wrote that 16 about how rich you is." ^^^Did you even read those 2 parts of the article, or did you just read the part about not fuckin with majors, which by your own admission is the ONLY thing you managed to take away from this interview FULL of insight?? These niggas in this rap game AIN'T gettin money like they got y'all fooled into believin, yeah there's a lot that are but it sure as hell ain't the majority of the ones the sheep THINK it is. Get ya mind right my nigga. Says MalcolmLittle *READ BETWEEN THE LINES, AND QUESTION EVERYTHING*

    • HoodGrown

      Ignorant comment. In every other genre it doesn't matter what age you are as long as you make good music. Why do these assholes in hip hop think it's only for young cats. Shit i've been involved with this shit since almost it's inception. Why the fuck should I go away when I hit 40? Jay Z and Too Short don't have to rap... and they choose to do it. So while Soulja Boy is making music for 17 year old girls... Jay and them are coming from an older more mature perspective. There's room for alll...

    • billy bass

      you think you are much smarter than you are. use this to become better

  • JOE6PACKNCGBORO336

    good dam read one of my fav's (BITCH)

  • 808SHIRTS

    Great stuff from TOO SHORT.