Too Short, on stage stylized Too $hort, is a Californian rapper and record producer who became known through his hit song “The Getto” and through his controversial attitude towards sexuality and promiscuity.
He also acted in several films and series, and even adult movies. His wide range of hobbies is often interesting for the media and therefore he is often appearing on TV and in many different shows.
He was born as Todd Anthony Shaw on April 28, 1966, in the town of Los Angeles, in California, United States. Little did his parents know that he was going to be famous. It certainly did not seem like that.
He has spent most of his childhood in South Central part of Los Angeles. Before his family moved to Oakland somewhere at the beginning of the ’80s. This was a huge change for him and his family and therefore he had a bit of trouble growing up.
While he was a student at Fremont High School in Oakland he was a drummer in the school’s band. He always liked music and spent time making rhymes because he liked to forget about the reality and do other things.
He was always into music but he was also a problematic child who liked to spend time in the streets and didn’t like to learn so he never continued his education after he graduated from high school. His parents knew that they were going to have to force him to do some work or he wont be successful because he was hyperactive.
He started producing songs while he was in high-school, with the help of Freddy B who was his friend from school. The duo had much fun creating music and most of the time they have spent together was spent on making ryhmes and beats they would use to make friends happy.
They used to produce custom songs for their clients. The sings were called “Special requests”. It was cool amongst their friends and clients, but it didnt receive the attention they wanted it to so they had to step up their game.
In 1983, Too Short released his first work titled “Don’t Stop Rappin” through the “75 Girls” label in a form of Cassette and LP.
They were interesting because they contained drum beats made on a Linn Drum machine. This was something fairly new and therefore the duo had much fun exploring it.
He was a pioneer on this first releases because it was he who first used the word “bitch” in his songs. In the 90’s he made beats using TR-808 and TR-909. This caused some controversy back then, but it was soon forgotten when other artists started to do it as well.
In 1985, he and Freddie B. Decided to create their own label and they named it Dangerous Music. They also created a hip hop group named “The Dangerous Crew”. The group had a lot of musicians like Pee-Wee, Ant Banks and Sean G. It also had a bunch of rappers like FM Blue, Ant Diddley Dog, Dangerous Dame, and more.
Later Dangerous Music became Short Records and later changed the name again to All Nite Records. In 1989, he released his 5th album named “Life Is… Too Short” which was released by Dangerous Music and Jive Records.
This album reached double platinum sales and was sold in over 2 million copies. This was a huge success for him and he knew that he made it amongst the famous figures when he did this.
He collaborated with many rappers, such as 2Pac, the Notorious B.I.G., and Pimp C. Especially praised was his work on the album “Life After Death” by Notorious B.I.G. he was also featured on “Player’s Holiday” by TWDY. This was a huge success because his fanbase was getting bigger and bigger daily. He got a lot of attention from fans of other rappers as well!
“Can’t Stay Away” was the name of his 1wth album released in 1999 through Jive Records. The album was both commercial and critics success and reached gold sales.
It also reached No. 1. On Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. Several known rappers guest appeared on this album: Sean Combs, Jay-Z, Lil Jon and many more.
In 1994, he moved to Atlanta and didn’t continue his work for some time. It was in 1999 when he started releasing albums, filled with Southern rap themes. He loved the new vibe in his music and continued to make the same because it seemed like his fans loved it as well.
He still used funk but mixed it with crunk and his sexually explicit rhymes. In 2000 he released “You Nasty” which peaked at No 12 on the Billboard 200 chart.
In 2001 came “Chase the Cat” which had moderate success and was followed by “What’s My Favorite Word?”, aiming in the word “bitch”. In 2003 he released, “Married to the game”. None of these albums made it to the top 10 but were successful.
His single “The Ghetto” appeared on the video game which was extremely successful.
It was named “Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas” and it was a big thing that they have chosen his going for it. This was ah uge video game back in the day and therefore gave his music a lot of publicity.
In 2006, he released his album titled “Blow the Whistle” and it reached a better position on the charts than his previous albums. It was pretty successful as well.
In 2007 he released “Get Off the Tage” album but it wasn’t a commercial success nor it was well received amongst critics. He received “Hip-Hop Honors” on VH1 in 2008 in the company of Cypress Hill and Naughty By Nature.
In 2011 he guest appeared on a single “On My Level” By Wiz Khalifa. He also collaborated with Snoop Dogg and 50 Cent. This was a really cool song and it soon became the biggest anthem of each nigh club.
In 2012 he released two albums, both were in collaboration with E-40: “History: Mob Music” and “History: Function Music” were the names of the albums. He collaborated with Lady Gaga on a single of her “Artpop” album in 2013.
In 2016 he was featured on a single “Cochino” by Dumbfoundead.
Too Short is an owner of his own record company named “Up All Nite Records” which was signed by Boo Ski, Dolla Will, FX and more. Too Short also mentors in a group for helping kids at risk named “Youth Uprising”.
He was also featured in the film industry. He gained a role of Lew-Loc in a teen drama “Menace II Society” in 1993, with Jada Pinkett in the leading role.
He tried himself in the adult film industry with “Get In Where You Fit In” from 2003. It was the same year he starred in “America’s Sexiest Girls”. He loved being on TV and thought of making a career in Hollywood, but he claimed that a black person cant really do that.
He had an appearance in a comedy-drama TV series named “The Game”. He also appeared in a music video for a hitmaker Jay-Z and his single “Big Pimpin'”.
He also appeared in a comedy “Stop Pepper Palmer” alongside Scott Schwartz. Too Short released two DVD movies: “Uncensored” from 2001 and “Too Short presents… Titty City” in 2003.
He made controversy by appearing in a video spotted on XXLMag.com. the video had to be taken down very quickly because it contained explicit sexual “advice” he gave to high-school boys who reached puberty. This was a huge problem back in the day because people werent as liberal and he almost ended his own career because of this small issue.
Other than Too Short he is also called Shorty the Pimp, and Short Dogg.
As for his personal life, he is close to his family. His parents were both accountants, his father Andy Shaw and his mother Dorothy Shaw, but he didn’t take their footsteps.
He also has a brother named Wayne Loc with whom he is close to.
He doesn’t have a manager – he manages his own booking. He appeared as a judge in a TV show “1068 Park” in 2006.
As for his love life, he was in a short relationship with an American model Karrine Steffans.
He is a good friend with Monica Payne, a female rapper he dated for several months. The two of them stayed good friends after the breakup and even appeared on “Couple’s Therapy”, a VH1’s reality TV show.
He started dating Erica Escarcega in late ’90s and married her in 2000. They are quite private and Erica is not keeping herself in the limelight. They have a daughter together and her name is Octavia.
As for his physical appearance, he is bald but likes to wear a chain in his chest so most of his photos are similar.
A book about his life has been released. It was titled “Too Short: Life Us- The life and Times of Todd Shaw”.
He has over 700 k followers on his Instagram channel.
He has his own line of socks distributed through stance, clothing brand from San Clemente in California.
Full name: Todd Anthony Shaw
Date of birth: April 28, 1967
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Profession: rapper, producer, record label owner, actor
Height: 170 cm
Weight: 74 kgs
Net Worth: $15 million