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October 6, 1990 | CHUCK PHILIPS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Todd (Too Short) Shaw--the latest sexually explicit rapper to be drawn into the growing national debate over obscenity in pop music--makes no bones about what he does for a living. "There's a lot of money in rapping dirty," he says. "We're running a business here. I give my fans what they want."
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August 30, 1992 | DENNIS HUNT
On his past albums, Oakland rapper Too Short's favorite activity appeared to be dissing women. And we're not talking mild, good-natured jabs. This is heavyweight battering, using the foulest gutter lingo. So why has he toned down his act on the new album "Shorty the Pimp"? "There's more to me than sex," insists Too Short, 26, whose 4 1/2 million sales on his previous six albums have been mainly in the underground, with almost no radio airplay.
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August 30, 1992 | DENNIS HUNT
On his past albums, Oakland rapper Too Short's favorite activity appeared to be dissing women. And we're not talking mild, good-natured jabs. This is heavyweight battering, using the foulest gutter lingo. So why has he toned down his act on the new album "Shorty the Pimp"? "There's more to me than sex," insists Too Short, 26, whose 4 1/2 million sales on his previous six albums have been mainly in the underground, with almost no radio airplay.
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October 6, 1990 | CHUCK PHILIPS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Todd (Too Short) Shaw--the latest sexually explicit rapper to be drawn into the growing national debate over obscenity in pop music--makes no bones about what he does for a living. "There's a lot of money in rapping dirty," he says. "We're running a business here. I give my fans what they want."
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November 15, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
A state appeals court overturned the disorderly conduct convictions of three members of the group NWA for asking women in a concert audience if they wanted to have sex with rapper Eric (Eazy-E) Wright. The court Wednesday said there was no evidence the group's behavior at the 1989 show recklessly inconvenienced, annoyed or alarmed anyone--the standard under Ohio law. All five members of NWA had been charged. Lorenzo (M.C.
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November 22, 1992 | TOM SCANLON
Todd (Too Short) Shaw lives true to his "In the Trunk" rap: I'm not a tongue-twisting' rapper with a funny stack/Don't dress hip-hop and dance real wild/But I do sell records like a motherf-----. Shaw's street raps and just-another-homey attitude--T-shirt, jeans, running shoes, Bill Clinton lunch--combine to give him extremely high approval ratings around Oaktown.
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November 22, 1992 | TOM SCANLON, Tom Scanlon is a Bay Area writer. and
In the living room of a Victorian-style West Oakland house that has been converted into a recording studio, Todd (Too Short) Shaw munches french fries and reflects on how "Oaktown"--the rap nickname for Oakland and the rest of the East Bay area--became such a hip-hop hotbed. "It all happened at the same time, this recent little splurge," says Shaw, over the background of a funk-heavy track being mixed in the next room. "From the late '80s into the '90s, you had Tony! Toni! Tone!
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