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Format: CD
Sku: 60021981
UPC: 012414155320
UPC 14: 00012414155320
Release Date: 1/24/1995
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Ain't Nothing Like Pimpin' ~ Too Short
2. Cocktales ~ Too Short
3. Can I Get A ***** - (with Ant Banks) ~ Too Short
4. Coming Up Short ~ Too Short
5. Thangs Change - (with Malik/Jamal/Baby O) ~ Too Short
6. Paystyle ~ Too Short
7. Giving Up The Funk - (with The Dangerous Crew) ~ Too Short
8. Top Down ~ Too Short
9. We Do This - (with 2Pac/MC Breed/Father Dom) ~ Too Short
10. Game - (with Old School Freddy B) ~ Too Short
11. Sample The Funk ~ Too Short
12. Don't **** For Free ~ Too Short

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: Too Short (vocals); Tempest (background vocals).
Muze PNote Producers include: The Dangerous Crew, Shorty B, Ant Banks, Pee Wee, Spearhead X, Too Short.
Muze PNote Engineers: Ant Banks, Spearhead X, Too Short.
Muze PNote All songs written or co-written by Too Short except "Top Down" (Ant Banks/M. Miller). Includes samples from "Disco To Go - 1" (as performed by Brides Of Funkenstein) and "Funky Worm" (G. Webster/M. Pierce/N. Napier/A. Nolan/L. Bonner/M. Jones/R. Middlebrook/W. Morrison).
Muze PNote Still spicing up the Oakland scene, Too Short returns to the charts with his ninth album, COCKTAILS, citing that little has changed in the business...the music business, that is. While many rappers gain their respect by kicking verses off their tongue at a delirious pace, Too Short uses his well-developed pimp style to emphasize his slow rhyming flow.
Muze PNote "Ain't Nothing Like Pimpin'" opens the album with Short Dog's (a self-imposed nickname) definition of values. Shocking to those who aren't able to relate to the inner city mind-set, Too Short is unrepentant and unafraid to let everyone in on his desires. When it comes to rhyming skills, Short is straight up without any complexity (a compliment); yet when telling "Cocktales" and other dirty raps, he is still an integral part of the hip-hop "Game." On "Paystyle," the multi-platinum poppa of all rap's mack daddies chastises phony MCs who feed on the characteristics of others. The album's funky bass tracks can be attributed to Ant Banks, who gets full production credit on such booty-shaking tracks as "Can I Get A ****," "Giving Up The Funk," and "Top Down." But the album's star-studded centerpiece is "We Do This," which invites 2 Pac, MC Breed and Father Dom to experience Too Short's pandering lifestyle, and enjoy some COCKTAILS with him.
Muze PNote Audio Mixer: Ant Banks.
Muze PNote Recording information: Battery Studios; D.A.R.P. Studios; Dangerous Music.
Muze PNote Album number nine from Too Short carries on his tradition of lyrics about the joys of pimping, rapped moderately to groovy, funky, jazzy beats. Delete the raps from Too Short's tales, and you still have a commercial product. Spacy Bootsy Collins-influenced vocals appear on some cuts, giving the funk an eerie feel. Too Short likes naked, foxy ladies on his covers, and Cocktails is no exception; he picked a beauty pictured with a snake coiled around her curvaceous brown body. Homie Ant Banks appears on "Can I Get a Bitch," and 2Pac, MC Breed, and Father Dom join him on "We Do This" -- some nice rappin' on this one. "Coming Up Short" catches Too Short at his pimpingest best, spitting out mack lyrics to a funky-azz beat like an ol'-skool Chicago pimp. A female vocalist changes the pace on "Things Changes," adding some emotive vocal runs; Baby D, who sounds like he's seven, appears like a regular and gets off a tight rap that belies his age. Too Short is all geeked on "Paystyle," a mini macking fable and his best rap on the set. On the last track, "Sample the Funk," he acknowledges the creators of funk: James Brown, George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, Johnny "Guitar" Watson, the Ohio Players, and so on. According to Too Short and his homies, pimping is an all-American game, and they praise the nefarious endeavor on every track. ~ Andrew Hamilton

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Ant Banks
Muze Guest Artist The Dangerous Crew
Muze Guest Artist 2Pac
Muze Guest Artist MC Breed
Muze Guest Artist Father Dom
Muze Guest Artist Old School Freddy B
Muze Guest Artist Malik
Muze Guest Artist Jamal
Muze Guest Artist Baby O

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Vol. 1-In My Lifetime (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Shadiest One (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Vol. 2-Hard Knock Life (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Vol. 4-Old School Rap
Muze Music Compilations Dirty Money (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Old School Rap
Muze Music Compilations Old School Funkin Hip Hop 2
Muze Music Compilations My Homies (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Golden Grain (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Booty Time
Muze Music Compilations Untouchable (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Trill (chopped & Screwed)(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations (Bonus Tracks) (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Element Of Surprise (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Life After Death (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Gangsta Party (Box)(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Total Dance 2008
Muze Music Compilations Greatest Hits (Bonus Tracks) (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Kings Of Crunk (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Ugk For Life(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Ugk 4 Life
Muze Music Compilations Blueline Treatment(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Blueline Treatment(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Revenue Retrievin:day Shift(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Revenue Retrievin:night Shift(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Dark Side(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Sex Money Drugs
Muze Music Compilations Rolling Papers(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Still Pimping(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Eastbound Down (Ost)
Muze Music Compilations Doggy Bag(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Memoirs Of A Curb Server(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations 25Th Anniversary(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Wack Album(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Doubleback The Evolution Of R&B
Muze Music Compilations Piece Maker 3:Return Of The 50 Mcs(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations 5 CLASSIC ALBUMS:SNOOP DOGG(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Blood Moon:year Of The Wolf
Muze Music Compilations Essential Hip Hop Vol 1
Muze Music Compilations Hip Hop Essentials (Ltd) (Box)
Muze Music Compilations Sir Luscious Left Foot:son Of Chico D(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Sir Luscious Left Foot:Son Of Chico Dusty (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Naked Soul Of Sweet Jones(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations My Ghetto Report Card
Muze Music Compilations SHARP ON ALL 4 CORNERS:CORNER 1(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations BLOCK BROCHURE:WELCOME TO THE SOIL V5(Explicit Version)

Associated Artists and Works

Dangerous Crew (The)
Khalifa, Wiz
Rich, Richie

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 01/24/1995
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 1995
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 41553
Music Label Name Label : Jive (USA)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00012414155320

Professional Reviews

Vibe (2/95, pp.83-84)
- "...Short values easy rhymes, phat bass, and explicit sex....You can see Short's the street-level successes of Bay Area MCs and the way [rappers] pay tributes to the idiosyncracies of their 'hoods...and in the way folks like KRS-One and the Fugees have to remind everyone...where hip-hop originated."

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