An artist who has been putting out music since the mid-1980’s, Too $hort is one of the rap game’s most iconic performers still working today. On his new album, “Pimp Tape,” he stays true to his signature style of lyricism while keeping the sound fresh.
Too $Short comes out strong on the first track, “Go $hort Dog,” where he cites many of the rappers he’s worked with over the past three decades, including Tupac Shakur, Notorious B.I.G. and many others. Midway through the record, he raps smoothly over a more mellow groove on “How to Be A Player” with vocal assists from T.I., E-40 and Adrian Marcel, showing that he’s still great a collaborating with other artists today. Near the end of the record, he vocalizes over a wedding skit complete with church organ background music and a manic preacher voice on “$hort Dog Wedding”.
The lyrics on most songs are about subjects Too $hort has been exploring for years: sexual conquest, working as a pimp and making big money in America. Musically, the sound is very contemporary, bringing to mind Jay-Z and others. Most importantly, Too $hort’s signature flow and braggadocio are still there; if something isn’t broken there’s no reason to fix it, right? To conclude, this is a strong record that will satisfy long-time Too $hort fans and likely attract a few new ones.