Too Short's Pimp Raps
Too Short has enjoyed something of a career resurgence this year. The Oakland rapper has stuck doggedly to his dirty raps for nearly 30 years, and he's now an elder statesman for a West Coast renaissance preoccupied with the vagaries of the good life. His songs are common among DJs who mix deep Too Short album cuts like "Gangsters & Strippers" and "Burn Rubber" alongside the latest ratchet hits. Far from exhaustive, this spotlight on the king of pimp rap leans on his recent work, including cuts from his 2012 albums No Trespassing and the E-40 collaboration History: Mob Music and Function Music; a handful of classic joints like "Freaky Tales" and "Dope Fiend Beat"; and, of course, "Blow the Whistle."