Too $hort Talks Going From Keeping His Raps Clean To Getting Risqué In His Music

The Bay Area Hip Hop legend spoke about his early rap days on the 'Questlove Supreme' Show.

(AllHipHop News) Todd "Too $hort" Shaw has become known for sharing risqué tales of pimping and promiscuity in his tunes. However, the Bay Area rap legend originally kept his music radio-friendly clean.

Too $hort was a recent guest on Pandora's Questlove Supreme show hosted by Questlove of the Roots. Part of the conversation focused on the West Coaster's musical transition in the early days of his career.

I was told in the early days in '85, '86 when I got in the studio, they were like, "You can't do the stuff you do on the streets. You can't curse in the records because you can't market them, to sell them, and get them in record stores." The only people that can curse on records are comedians... I made two albums with no cursing... And then it came time for us to do our own thing and I always had this song called "Freaky Tales"... Just give me the f-cking studio and record this and watch what happens. I knew it... we're going to press up 2,000 cassettes. Jive got wind of us. We were probably up to about a few hundred thousand..."

Up next for Too $hort is The Pimp Tape album. A tracklist for the collection shows Ty Dolla Sign, Jeremih, French Montana, E-40, T.I., 2 Chainz, Snoop Dogg, and more artists are featured guests on the project.

$hort's 12th studio LP is expected to be released on December 15 via Dangerous Music/Empire. Check out Questlove Supreme episode 49 at the link below.