Of course, it wasn't true: “Stop calling my phone,” $hort finally tweeted on Nov. 22. “I'm not dead. Been in the lab working on my 19th album #NoTrespassing in stores Feb 2012.” The man born Todd Anthony Shaw has been dealing with rumors of his premature passing on and off since the '90s. But this was probably the first time he's been able to use it for such effective promotion: $hort got a chance to remind people that he's very much alive — in fact, he's playing a show at the New Parish in Oakland on Thursday night (Dec. 1).
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