Shorty the Pimp
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Studio album by Too $hort


July 14, 1992


April 1991 - February 1992


One Little Indian Recording
(El Cerrito, CA)
Live Oak Studios
(Berkeley, CA)


Hip hop, West Coast hip hop




Jive Records


Too $hort, Ant Banks, D'wayne Wiggins

Too $hort chronology


Short Dog's in the House (1990)


Get in Where You Fit In (1993)

Shorty the Pimp is the fourth studio album by American rapper Too $hort, released in July 14, 1992 on Jive Records. Recording sessions took place at One Little Indian Recording in El Cerrito and at Live Oak Studios in Berkeley from April 1991 to February 1992. It was produced predominantly by Too $hort and Ant Banks, in addition to one song produced by D'wayne Wiggins of Tony! Toni! Toné!. It includes guest appearances by Ant Banks, Goldy and Pooh-Man. The album title is from the 1973 blaxploitation film of the same name, and the album's introduction samples its theme song. 

Shorty the Pimp debuted at #6 on the Billboard 200 chart with 82,000 copies sold in its first week. It was eventually certified platinum in sales by the RIAA. It is certified 2x platinum and has sold over 2,300,000 copies worldwide. The album spawned the singles: "In The Trunk" and "I Wanna to Be Free (That's the Truth)"

Track listing[edit | edit source]

No. Title Performer(s) Writer(s) Producer(s) Time
1. "Shorty the Pimp" - Julian - 0:42
2. "In the Trunk" Too $hort Jordan, Shaw Too $hort 5:49
3. "I Ain't Nothin' but a Dog" Too $hort Banks, Clarke, Edwards, Shaw Ant Banks 4:49
4. "Hoes" Too $hort Clinton, Goins, Shaw, Shider, Worrell Too $hort 6:23
5. "No Love from Oakland" Too $hort Clinton, Collins, Shaw, Shider Ant Banks 8:25
6. "I Want to Be Free (That's the Truth)" Too $hort Bailey, Hayes, Kent, Shaw, Williams Ant Banks 5:49
7. "Hoochie" Too $hort, D'wayne Wiggins Shaw, Wiggins D'wayne Wiggins 4:19
8. "Step Daddy" Too $hort Clinton, Dunbar, Shaw, Sterling Ant Banks 4:23
9. "It Don't Stop" Too $hort Baine, Crane, Shaw Too $hort 4:22
10. "So You Want to Be a Gangster" Too $hort Shaw, Surrell, Washington Ant Banks 4:05
11. "Something to Ride To" Too $hort, Ant Banks, Pooh-Man, Mhisani Banks, Jordan, Miller, Shaw, Thomas Too $hort, Ant Banks 11:57
12. "Extra Dangerous Thanks" Too $hort Jordan, Shaw Too $hort 4:13

Samples[edit | edit source]

Intro: Shorty the Pimp

  • "Shorty the Pimp" by Don Julian

In the Trunk

  • "I'm Gonna Love You Just a Little More Baby" by Barry White

I Ain't Nothing But a Dog

  • "Slow Dance" by Stanley Clarke
  • "Cannot Find a Way" by Curtis Mayfield


  • "Take Your Dead Ass Home! (Say Som'n Nasty)" by Funkadelic

No Love for Oakland

  • "The Night of the Thumpasorus Peoples" by Parliament

I Want to Be Free (That's the Truth)

  • "Sweet Music, Soft Lights & You" by Millie Jackson and Isaac Hayes
  • "House of Rising Funk" by Afrique
  • "I Want to Be Free" by The Ohio Players

Step Daddy

  • "Agony of Defeet" by Parliament

It Don't Stop

  • "Pack It Up" by The Ohio Players

So You Want to Be a Gangster

  • "Black Frost" by Grover Washington, Jr.

Extra Dangerous Thanks

  • "Magnificent Sanctuary Band" by Donny Hathaway

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