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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

"Wordz of Wizdom For Dat Azz": A Reconsideration of Too $hort Courtesy of EgoTrip

Posted By on Wed, Feb 16, 2011 at 10:36 AM

click to enlarge ACK-centuate the positive
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Okay, the claim that this has anything to do with Black History Month is specious at best, but at least it's a more convincing effort than this Chinese KFC commercial where Barack Obama gets crushed by a gigantic chicken sandwich. (That was a bit of a reach, but it seemed really important to include a link to that video in this post somewhere.)

New York ex-magazine and music-centric opinion factory EgoTrip has compiled a little compendium of the most positive, or maybe the least screechingly misogynistic, lyrical offerings from Oakland's own Too $hort. Sure enough, they find rays of sunshine in a good dozen of his songs: the cautionary wisdom of "Girl (Cocaine) That's Your Life," the outright motivational-speaker agitation of "Don't Ever Give Up," the state-of-the-union preaching of "All About It" ("Folks gotta learn to be together, because we all on the same journey"). Hell, maybe that Obama thing was more relevant than I thought.

The list isn't gonna win any Hallmark awards, but it also serves as a pretty great sampler of Dr. $hort's career. Check it out here. Below, we provide the musical-accompaniment hyperlinkery EgoTrip lacks.

"In the Trunk" (2003):

"Don't Ever Give Up" (2001):

"Short But Funky" (1990):

"The Loot" (with Ant Banks) (1994):

"Life is... Too $hort" (1989):

"Girl (Cocaine) That's Your Life" (1985):

"Divide and Conquer" (1999):

"The Ghetto" (1990):

"Gettin' It" (1996):

"One Love" (with Chyna Whyte) (2006):

"Funkin' Over Nuthin'" (with Luniz) (1998):

"All About It" (with Pimp C) (1996):

And let's not forget this 2000 deep cut, which is inspirational in its own way.

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