With this week marking the 29th anniversary of Too $hort'
s album Born to Mack
on Dangerous Music
, I went back to re-listen in full to the July 20th, 1987 release by "the Godfather of Oakland rap." The album remains Too $hort's best: the one that laid the blueprint for the rest of his long career up to the present
day. And although the LP is often presented as Short's "debut studio album," it was actually preceded in the mid 80's by a series of earlier albums by the young artist released on the local Oakland 75 Girls
record label. But it would be this release on Dangerous Music (him and manager Randy Austin
's breakaway label) album that would be the one to blow up Too $hort
on a national level. The album led to the artist born Todd Shaw
signing with Jive/RCA
who would re-release the album the following year. Then the year after that, in 1989, the NYC based label would release Life is Too $hort
followed by a string of many more Too $hort albums that would build upon the Born to Mack
blueprint. On each album the artist would further fine-tune the created persona of Playboy Short
that he first presented on this definitive album.
Re-released last year in 180 gram vinyl
version by Plain Recordings
, Born to Mack
is a must have and worth it for just the two Too $hort classics "Freaky Tales" and "Dope Fiend Beat."