Among the many phrases popularized by Too Short (including his signature, elongated “Bitch!”), is “Don’t Stop Rappin’.” In addition to it being the title of his debut album, the 45-year-old Oakland emcee is apparently using that motto as a career guide of sorts.

“I don’t dye my gray hairs,” Too Short told Jon Caramanica in a recent New York Times profile. “I don’t lie about my age. You can rap ’til you die.”

That belief may be fueling Short Dog’s upcoming, No Trespassing album. The LP, which is scheduled for a February 28 release, will be Too Short’s nineteenth. In what was most likely part of a brief promotional tour, Too Short performed a few shows at New York’s hipster haven, The Knitting Factory. At some point it dawned on Too Short that during a career that has lasted nearly three decades, he’d never performed a full concert in The Empire State.

“I never even knew I had a chance of getting on a stage in New York,” Too Short explained.

That chance will increase, as Short is reportedly contemplating a return to New York with a full, live band in tow for his next appearance. The full profile can be read in the New York Times’ Music section.

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