Oakland rap legend, Too $hort came in 2007 with his seventeenth solo album"Get Off The Stage". By this time, he had moved on from the old days of West Coast Rap and hardcore Hip Hop to the prominant style of the Bay Area at this time, Hyphy. This album gets him doing more fun, club music which stays with the sounds of E-40, Keak Da Sneak and Mac Dre (R.I.P.).
1. "Get Off the Stage"
The eponymous opener is a banger of a cut, and does exactly what is expected of it as it hypes you up with a chanting hook, and an overall engaging sound. With all of this in place, $hort offers his typical laid-back approach to rapping, to get you in the mood for what is to come.
2. "Broke B***h"
$hort comes with the type of thing that he has been famous for over the years. As the innovator of the adaptation, to make the word "Biatch", he is sure to reinforce this with a track which uses this extensively to bring down the jobless tricks who still try to get some off him.
3. "This My One" (feat. E-40)
The biggest Hip Hop acts out of the bay come together on this one as you has E-40 joining him, and they manage to kill it on top of some funky fresh beats to show that they arestill able to stay relavent to the game even over twenty years into their career.
4. "S***in' on 'Em"
Too $hort uses this track to simply express how he has become one of the most respected out there by the way he has kept it together and crossed over to many diffenrent field over his sprawling career. I felt as though it was a bit anoying to hear this, and it does more to show that he's on his way out (if not there already). The beats are good though, and so kept me in.
5. "F.U.C.K. Y.O.U." (feat. Mistah F.A.B., Ms. Hollywood, Ginger)
You have some heavy bass on this one, and it really leads the tune, and gives him a chance to do a track which has him stripping things down to its minimums with a series of short phrases by repreted to make it clear that he doesn't care what people think anymore, and he will make money without saying anything to display the skill he has.
6. "Gangstas & Strippers"
This one seemed to have him attempting to carry the whole thing on swag alone. He doesn't particularly try to do much in order to show off what he is capable of, and it leads to him amking a pretty plain one. With the beats quite genreic too, you can't really hype this one up.
7. "Dum Ditty Dum" (feat. The Pack)
The Pack are one of the leading Hyphy groups, and so to get them being a part of this is likely to bring in a lot of the younger listners who may think that seventeen albums in, Too $hort is past it. It has banging beats to get you moving, and it takes the best of the Gangsta Rap and club breaks to come out with a big tune.
8. "Pull Them Panties Down" (feat. Kool Ace)
Over the years, Too $hort has been well-known for this type of thing, and so not to disappoint us, he performs yet another tune with him doing it all around the subject of strip clubs. It is amazing that he's still able to get something new out of the setting each time, and he does just this here.
9. "I Like It" (feat. Dolla Will)
The beats in this one may be pretty generic for Hyphy, but I felt as though they were just the thing that was needed to show that he's right in-tune with what is going on with these type of artists today. I felt as though, although much of what he raps about is just recycled stuff, but it works with the hypnotic production.
10. "It Ain't Over"
This one sounded like the sort Rap/R&B tunes which became highly popular in 2007, and was heard throughout 2008 too, it seemed work rather effectively at doing what was required of it. However, when listening to it after it peaked and became old, it seems just too much more it and a bit annoying.
This short, Too $hort album isn't really that much to look out for. There's not really a lot going on in it, and although there may be some big tunes on it, they don't particularly present anything new for Hip Hop, and you would quickly forget about it all.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Get off the Stage - Too Short
2 Broke B***H - Too Short
3 This My One - E-40, , , Too Short
4 S****in' on 'Em - Too Short
5 F***Y.O.U. - Ginger, Ms. Hollywood, , Mistah F.A.B., , , Too Short
6 Dum Ditty Dum - The Pack, , Too Short
7 Pull Them Panties Down - Kool Ace, , Too Short
8 I Like It - Too Short, Dolla Will
9 It Ain't Over - Tanu, , Too Short