Too $hort Breaks Down His 25 Most Essential Songs

15. Too $hort "I'm a Player" (1993)



Producer: Dangerous Crew
Album: Get In Where You Fit In
Label: Jive

Too $hort: “I cliqued up with Ant Banks in 1992. I got with Shorty B, there was a keyboard player named Pee Wee, he came from Digital Underground—he still played with Digital Underground at the same time as he played with me.

 

if you put on a Parliament-Funkadelic album and play it, all of us [would know it], just every note, every word, every song.

 

“All those dudes, including me, all of us [grew up on funk music]. So if you put on a Parliament-Funkadelic album and play it, all of us [would know it], just every note, every word, every song. That was like our religion. We would get in the studio and we would really remake Parliament shit.

“We'd do songs with like a spinoff with a piece of Parliament. We would make the whole song. We'd sample songs to play on top of 'em—we'd just do whatever. I don't know if it was Ant Banks or Shorty B, but one of them wanted to do 'I'm a Player' and it was Ant Banks with the creative sampling of the hook [from Hollywood Squares.] It was Shorty B who played the bass, Pee Wee on the keyboard and then I stepped in there, write a rap to this shit, and bring it home.

“That was one of the most fun videos we ever shot. We went to my house and just actually had a party. And filmed us rapping at the party. it was a pool party and shit, and that was life, you know? I was riding around in the Cadillac that I drove around Oakland. It was just real life.”

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