Neil Haley interviews Celebrity rapper Too Short

Todd Anthony Shaw, better known by the stage name Too Short, is an American rapper, producer, and actor. He is best known for his hit songs like “The Ghetto” and “Blow the Whistle”. Too $hort was featured on Lady Gaga’s song “Jewels N’ Drugs” along with T.I. and Twista in 2013. $hort would go on to perform the single live in London alongside Gaga and T.I. at the iTunes Music Festival that year, broadcasting to over 100 countries worldwide. When not performing, Too $hort and Lady Gaga were followed by hundreds of paparazzi all around London and even surprised fans at a local nightclub when they took over the DJ booth with an impromptu performance. In 2008, Too $hort was honored at the fifth annual VH1 Hip-Hop Honors along with Cypress Hill, De La Soul, Slick Rick and Naughty by Nature, rightfully cementing his place in Hip-Hop history. Just days before the iconic awards show, southern rap star Bun B praised Too $hort’s accoplishments in the industry: “For a person like Too Short, who has been around since I started listening to rap, to finally get his just due…there’s so many others in this industry that don’t get our proper respect and our proper appreciation. I don’t think there’s one emcee who’s rapping today who hasn’t been able to express his freedom, and express himself and his opinions, that doesn’t get that directly from a person like Too Short,” Bun said. In 2004, Too $hort struck gold when his 1990 hit single “The Ghetto” was featured on the record-breaking video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, garnering major success as both an artist and businessman in the entertainment world. Too $hort was one of the first major artists to give Atlanta star Lil Jon a break as an artist in the industry. Too Short has released a staggering 18 studio albums, three collaborative albums, and four compilations; a feat very few artists can claim they’ve achieved in their careers.
Too $hort released his debut track titled “Don’t Stop Rappin” when he was just 17 years old. Both of Too $hort’s parents were accountants and his mother spent 30 years working for the IRS before retiring in the ’90s. Too $hort earned his street nickname in high school.