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.----