Too $hort Breaks Down His 25 Most Essential Songs

11. Too $hort "Gettin It" (1996)



Producer: Too $hort
Album: Gettin' It
Label: Jive

Too $hort: “The retirement had to do with the 10 albums, six platinum and four gold. It was a mathematical thing. I was turning 30 years old. Once I ran it by Jive, they [said] I should just capitalize on that shit. They were like, 'Let's hold a press conference, let's retire you.'

 

It was all a hoax... I never retired. I was under contract with Jive. I was planning on making the next album. I wanted the money and I needed the money. There was no retirement.

 

“It was all a fucking hoax, the whole shit—from the start. I never retired. I was under contract with Jive. I was planning on making the next album. I wanted the money and I needed the money. There was no fucking retirement.

If you listened to the song 'Gettin It,' it's damn near the same music as 'I'm a Player,' It's almost the same fucking notes. The magical part of 'Gettin It' is that Parliament-Funkadelic did a show in Atlanta, Georgia. That night after the show, they came to my studio. They brought the whole fuckin' band to my studio in the middle of the night, and they played for like 24 hours and made two songs.

“'Gettin It' was the first song. And 'I've Been Watching You' was the other song. If you listen on album number 10, there's a song on my album called 'I've Been Watching You' and I'm not even on the song! [Parliament] just made the song, and it was a remake of one of their old songs."

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