West Coast Legend
Born Todd Shaw on April 28, 1966, Too $hort grew up in South Central Los Angeles. Soon after his family moved to Oakland in the early '80s, he began selling tapes out of the back of his car. Signed to the local label 75 Girls, in 1985 he released his first proper album, Don't Stop Rappin'. Two albums followed in the next two years, after which Too $hort formed his own Dangerous Music label with friend Freddy B.