Todd Anthony Shaw (born April 28, 1966), better known by the stage name Too Short (stylized as Too $hort), is an American rapper and record producer famous for his rap lyrics’ focus on pimping, promiscuity, drug culture, street survival, as in the songs  “The Ghetto” and “Blow the Whistle”. A pioneer of West Coast rap, he began recording in 1983, drew renown on Oakland’s underground rap scene, and signed a major deal in 1987 with Jive Records, which released his album Born to Mack. In 1989, his sophomore album, Life Is… Too Short, drew wide notice, and he remained prominent into the 1990s… 

Too $hort that we met and got to know in the past two months since we began filming “Trump vs Hollywood” made us ponder immediately. In the documentary, he talked about what transpired between him and the police in America and many times over, as it happened to George Perry Floyd Jr. who was an African American man killed during an arrest after a store clerk alleged he had passed a counterfeit $20 bill in Minneapolis. A white police officer named Derek Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck for a period initially reported to be 8 minutes and 46 seconds.

Too $hort was too famous to talk about something inhumane that happened to him until now because he felt like anybody would feel under similar circumstances. “Trump vs Hollywood” documentary for some reason became a platform to make his point with us, maybe for the first time to an altogether different audience he would not address on a given day. Too $hort told us that during his events/concerts, he would be regularly conversing with his attendees. Simply put, Too $hort has been communicating all along with large masses but “before long” he may be addressing larger issues to much larger audiences.

Considering how his most recent song with Ice Cube that they released a year ago which currently has 37 million views just on YouTube, his reach is unique to say the least. Nonetheless, the world has 7.6 billion people and a louder voice is always needed in the face of malice and evil rampant everywhere. In the face of vitriol past few years in America, on the other hand, the problem at home has to be resolved before extending a helping hand to others that are away. Yet, “before long” like him, all others on this documentary should perhaps follow his path, appealing to a wider audience than they have ever been.

That is why perhaps Too $hort, like the other 23 famous, talented, successful, proud Americans joined Daphne Barak and Erbil Gunasti in the first place with this documentary. Maybe they altogether but  unknowingly put the first step to make ‘divided America’ “One America” again, telling them: “Hope shall never die!” “Before Long” when a lot more people were to watch this documentary, they will also surely understand how come these 24 came together which when they all said their piece, effectively became one voice.

Who is to say Too $Short “before long” would not lead them in his path that is making him more acceptable among his peers and masses, like “Aint Got No Haters ft” by Ice Cube and Too Short already doing.

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