Too Short is a West Coast rap legend and Bay Area staple, and now the hip-hop veteran has taken his talents to NPR’s Tiny Desk (Home) Concert stage to perform some of his classic tracks.
“How many artists you know that got relevant records in five decades?” Short asks as he prepares for his special Tiny Desk Black History Month show, boasting a setlist that spans from the ‘80s to present day. Some of the songs included in this impressive at-home concert performance are “Blow the Whistle,” “The Ghetto,” and “Ain’t My Girlfriend,” among others.
These bass-heavy tracks are lifted by the live instrumentation that flanks Short in the concert. His “at-home” stage also mimics a garage, with classic speakers, jukeboxes, and records surrounding him.
Another song Short performed was “Big Subwoofer,” which he released alongside fellow West Coast legends Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, and E-40 back in October. The track comes from Snoop’s recent project, Snoop Dogg Presents: The Algorithm, which was meant to highlight Def Jam’s “past, present, and future.”
“There’s so much talent on this record,” Snoop previously said about the project. “So many styles of music, it breaks the algorithm. Right now, the algorithm is telling us you have to rap this way, you have to sound this way, but they’re not telling you how it’s supposed to feel. My algorithm is going to give you a feeling, not a sound.”
Watch Too Short’s Tiny Desk (Home) Concert performance up top.