The ladies come out for Too $hort


Too $hort / Foundation / May 16, 2007 Text by Nate Patrin | Photos by Daniel Corrigan

"Bitch" is a complicated word, and Too $hort has the tendency to eke out every last meaning of that phrase during the course of his set. As raw and dirty as his rhymes can get—and he's got ones he wrote two decades ago that would make Akon sound Disney—he still aims to be personable. "If I look at you and I call you 'bitch,'" the Oakland g-funk godfather stated during his set at the Foundation Wednesday night, "it's 'cause I like you."

And while the crowd was one of the most widely-varied you could think of, from players in tuxedos to a mohawk-sporting skatepunk, the ladies were in full effect. Their tickets were ten bucks cheaper and the first 200 women in the door before 11 got a free shot, but it turned out to be something more than just an attempt to stir up a potentially-dormant mixed-gender clientele.

If this show was any indication, Short Dog's fanbase has more than a few females who flip out and rhyme along with every word of "Freaky Tales." And throw their hands up at every shout of "bee-yotch!" (All 475 of them). And dance. Real crazy.

Aside from his way with the ladies, Too $hort's biggest strength during his set was his breadth. Considering the dude's been recording since Dr. Dre was in the World Class Wreckin' Cru, he's rolled with every change in gangsta and club rap from g-funk to crunk; presciently enough, he moved from Oakland to Atlanta in 1994 and the newer tracks on display ("Blow the Whistle"; "Shake it Baby") had him representing the Dirty South style so well it's kind of hard to believe dude just turned 40 last year. Then he busted out "Cusswords," which taunts Ronald Reagan and boasts of $hort's firsthand experience with Nancy's oral techniques.

Text by Nate Patrin | Photos by Daniel Corrigan