Too $hort’s insistence on telling us on every song exactly how many albums, songs and raps he has made may be the most consistent musical leitmotif of our generation. Rarely do artists keep such diligent track of their time and careers - and share those numbers - so religiously. Talk about running one’s career like a business: this is one data driven dude. He’s like the fucking Count von Count of rap.
(Side note: Is anyone fact checking these numbers?)
We’ve grown up knowing exactly what album he’s on. One of the most popular from when we were teenagers is actually titled “Gettin It (Album Number 10).” As of a few years ago, as noted in “Blow the Whi$stle” (his usage of $ instead of S is also consistent, though one could argue it’s kinda rippin off Prince), he was on 16 albums and I think that came out in like 2006? So is he up to 20 yet? I hope not - there needs to be a big party or something.
The popularity of Malcolm Gladwell’s book Outliers, and it’s assertion that you need 10,000 hours of doing something to be a master at it, has been used a lot recently to discuss all kinds of things. I feel like Gladwell missed a real opportunity to talk about Too $hort’s career. According to him, he’s rapped “225 thousand hours / Get it calculated do the math,” and he “made 1,000 songs that made you move your ass.” (Thank you, BTW).
Interesting, I wonder how many months that took to accomplish?
Oh shit, he’ll tell us! “And for the last 300 months / I made 16 albums with me on the front and they bump.”
Next time someone asks me what my goals in life are, I’m going to say “To live long enough to hear Too $hort say on Album 30 that he’s on his millionth beeeyatch.”