Born To Mack (Explicit Version) CD (1989)

Artist: Too Short

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Label Bmg/jive/silvertone
SKU 60022513
UPC 012414110022
UPC 14 00012414110022
Format CD
Release Date 9/12/1989
Author Too Short
Associated Artist/Work Dangerous Crew (The)
Associated Artist/Work Khalifa, Wiz
Associated Artist/Work Rich, Richie
Artist Influence Afrika Bambaataa
Artist Influence Cold Crush Brothers
Artist Influence Graham Central Station
Artist Influence Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five
Artist Influence Kool & the Gang
Artist Influence Richard Pryor
Artist Influence Rick James (Bass)
Artist Influence Rudy Ray Moore
Artist Influence Sly & the Family Stone
Artist Influence The Egyptian Lover
Artist Influence The Sugarhill Gang
Artist Influence Zapp
Artist Contemporary 8Ball and MJG
Artist Contemporary Ant Banks
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Artist Contemporary Compton's Most Wanted
Artist Contemporary Digital Underground
Artist Contemporary DJ Quik
Artist Contemporary Eazy-E
Artist Contemporary Ice-T
Artist Contemporary King Tee
Artist Contemporary Kokane
Artist Contemporary Kool G Rap & DJ Polo
Artist Contemporary Kool Moe Dee
Artist Contemporary Mac Dre
Artist Contemporary Mack 10
Artist Contemporary MC Breed
Artist Contemporary MC Eiht (Rap)
Artist Contemporary N.W.A
Artist Contemporary Rappin' 4-Tay
Artist Contemporary Run-D.M.C.
Artist Contemporary Smut Peddlers
Artist Contemporary Snoop Dogg
Artist Contemporary Spice 1
Artist Contemporary The 2 Live Crew
Artist Contemporary The D.O.C.
Artist Contemporary UGK
Artist Follower 2Pac
Artist Follower Devin the Dude
Artist Follower E-40 (Rap)
Artist Follower Fat Pimp
Artist Follower Freddie Gibbs
Artist Follower Jay-Z
Artist Follower Juvenile
Artist Follower Keak da Sneak
Artist Follower Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz
Artist Follower Mack 10
Artist Follower Master P
Artist Follower Pimp C
Artist Follower Snoop Dogg
Artist Follower The Notorious B.I.G.
Artist Follower Three 6 Mafia
Technical Info
Producer Todd Shaw; T. Bohanon; Too $hort; T. Bohanon
CatalogID 1100-2-J13
Lable Name Jive (USA)
Released 09/12/1989
Original Release 1989
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 50m : 20s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00012414110022
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Todd "Too Short" Shaw (rap vocals, keyboards), Silky C (programming), D.J. Universe (scratches).
Audio Mixers: Too $hort; Howard Johnston.
Recording information: Different Fur Recording.
Unknown Contributor Roles: T. Bohanon; Johnny Hodges.
Arranger: Too $hort.
By the time Jive Records released Born to Mack, Too Short's major-label debut, the young rapper was already a music industry veteran, having released several albums on the independent 75 Girls label. With Born to Mack Too Short continued the formula that had already made him a regional star -- sexually explicit lyrics over sparse, bass-heavy rhythm tracks. What is missing from this album, though, is any levity, humor, or musical exploration. Without the benefit of a lyrical wink or nod, and without any sign of his future head-nodding, funk workouts, Too Short's trademark "pimp" tales were stripped bare, revealing themselves too misogynist to be enjoyable. Even so, due to the success of the nearly ten-minute, underground smash "Freaky Tales," Born to Mack expanded Too Short's fan base past his Oakland, CA, hometown, eventually selling past gold status. Many of Short's later efforts, such as Life Is...Too Short and Shorty the Pimp were funnier, funkier, and plain better, but Born to Mack stands as most of the world's introduction to one of rap's most enduring, and best-selling, artists ever. ~ Mtume Salaam
Artist Overview
Born in Los Angeles, but an Oakland resident by the age of 14, Too Short was the first West Coast rap star, recording three albums on his own before he made his major-label debut with 1988's gold album Born to Mack; his next four all went platinum. Anticipating much of the later gangsta phenomenon, he restricted his lyrical themes to tales of sexual prowess and physical violence, with the occasional social message track to mix things up. After the release of Gettin' It (Album Number Ten) in 1996, Too Short decided to retire, although that decision would prove short-lived. ~ John Bush
Disc 1
1 Partytime
2 Mack Attack
3 Playboy Short II
4 You Know What I Mean
5 Freaky Tales
6 Dope Fiend Beat
7 Little Girls
8 Universal Mix, The

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