Too $hort Breaks Down His 25 Most Essential Songs

24. Too $hort "Playboy Short" (1983)



Producer: Too $hort
Album: Don't Stop Rappin'
Label: 75 Girls Records And Tapes

Too $hort: “I wouldn't call it a remake [of the 75 Girls version], we just kinda brought it back. I put it on that reggae beat. I forgot what beat I used for 'Playboy Short' when I brought it back, but I know that the original 'Playboy Short' beat we remade that beat for the first song I did with E-40, it was called 'Rapper's Ball.' That's the original beat.

 

Artists like Parliament would revisit the same music and kinda change it a little bit, change the words and hook, and it'd still be that same flavor. Ohio Players used to do it... I liked that technique, so I brought it into hip-hop.

 

“I took 'Playboy Short''s words and put it to a new beat later on the Get in Where You Fit In album. That was an Ant Banks beat or something, I don't know. I'm telling you man, I felt like I had the right to do that shit. I wrote all that shit, wrote all that music. 'Playboy Short,' I wrote that music.

“I could see how artists like Parliament would revisit the same music and kinda change it a little bit, change the words and hook, and it'd still be that same flavor. A lot of groups back then would make another song that sounded very similar to a song they already had. Ohio Players used to do it. So I adopted that shit. I liked that technique, so I brought it into hip-hop.

“You know that song that I just did with E-40 called 'Bitch?' I brought that song to E-40. That song was for my album, but I knew I wasn't putting any album out any time soon. We made the song [and] 40 was like, 'Man this is a fucking hit.'

“So I told 40, 'Put it on your album. Put it out. Let's just put this shit out right now. If it's a fucking hit, let's put it out now.' So we put it out, sure enough it was a hit. But the guy who made that beat—he doesn't make beats like that. He makes R&B beats.

“He makes this beautiful-ass music that's made for singing and shit. I keep telling him, I'm like, 'Dude, can you please just make another beat that sounds just like that one? Just make it for me. Use the same sounds, change 'em up a little bit.'

“That's just something that's just in me, like if you took that off something like a certain drum kit [that] make some certain sounds and you use a bass guitar or you use some kind of keyboard and you make a hit record with it, go back and use those same instruments, change the notes, and make another fucking hit. People like that sound. You know that guy whose doing all them damn beats for Rick Ross, all of 'em sound similar, but goddamit those motherfuckers hit every time!”

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