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Too Short Net Worth

Too Short Net Worth
Net Worth$15,000,000
Full NameTodd Anthony Shaw
A.K.AShort Dogg
Date of Birth/AgeApril 28, 1966 (age 53)
Source of wealthRapper, Singer, Songwriter, Record Producer, Record Executive, Actor
Country of originU.S.
State/City of originLos Angeles, California
Last Updated2019

Net Worth

Too Short net worth is $15 million dollars

How Much Too Short Make a Year

Too Short’s annual income has not been published.

How does Too Short make his money?

Too Short has earned his fortune through his many albums, hit singles, and a long list of collaborations. He has been building wealth with his music since he hit the scene in the mid-1980s. He has his own record label that holds several artists and he has also been active in films, television shows, and has released two of his own DVDs.


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Start with something that will grab the reader’s attention & curiosity immediately.
Too Short is an American rapper, record producer, and actor who has been in the entertainment industry for 30 years.

He is most famous for three of his hit records “The Ghetto”, “Blow the Whistle” and “Ain’t Nothing Like Pimpin”. Too Short is one of the first rappers to bring hip hop to the West Coast back in 1985.

Early Life

Too Short’s real name is Todd Anthony Shaw, but he also goes by the stage name Short Dogg. He stylizes Too Short as Too $hort. His birthday is April 28, 1966, and he was born in South Central Los Angeles, California.

There isn’t any information published about Too Short’s parents, but he and his family moved to Oakland, California in the early part of the 1980s. He played the drums in the band at Fremont High School in Oakland.


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Personal life

Too Short owns a home in Los Angeles, California. He had a home in Atlanta, Georgia that he put up for sale. All of Too Short’s cars are not published, however, he has been seen driving a black Porsche. He has been married since 2000 to his wife Erica Escarcega. The couple reportedly has one daughter.


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Too Short worked with a high school friend named Freddy B. and together they created custom songs they called “special requests” in the mid-1980s. In late 1983 he put out his first album “Don’t Stop Rappin”.

This album had simple, raw drum beats made from a LinnDrum drum machine. This album was the first hip hop albums to use the word “b***h”, which became one of his trademark words. It also became the focus of raps that followed including “Ain’t Nothin’ but a Word to Me”.

In 1985 Too Short and Freddie B. created the label Dangerous Music so that they could distribute music throughout the region.

They added others to the label and created The Dangerous Crew rap group. Dangerous Music eventually turned into Short Records and later Up All Nite Records.

In 1989 Too Short dropped “Life Is…Too Short” and started using funk riffs with his beats as opposed to samples.

At the beginning of the 1990s, he used a TR-808 to make most of his beats. In the mid to late 2000s, he used a TR-909.


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Too Short started putting out collaborative works including his projects with Scarface, The Notorious B.I.G., Pimp C., and Tupac Shakur. One of his most remarkable tracks during this time was “The World Is Filled…” which can be heard on the Notorious B.I.G. album “Life After Death”.

Too Short’s verse is the third one to come in after Diddy and Biggie. Too Short’s feature on this album gave him more exposure.

He also completed a feature for TWDY’s “Player’s Holiday” single from the 1999 album “Derty Werk”. He also did a feature for “Priority Records’ “Nuthin but a Gangsta Party”. After these features Too Short started making his eleventh album “Can’t Stay Away”.

This album featured other artists including Jermaine Dupri, Jay-Z, 8Ball & MJG, Soopafly, Lil Jon, Daz Dillinger, E-40, Sean Combs, B-Legit, and Scarface.

In 1994 Too Short moved to Atlanta, but his work didn’t get to work with a more diverse group of Southern talents until 2000 when he worked with Lil Jon. Too Short came completely out of retirement with his 1999 project “Can’t Stay Away”.


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When he returned he put out several new albums over the years that followed. The majority of these new album has a Dirty South or crunk type sound since he gained more familiarity with Southern rap.

Even though he took on this new rap style, he never let good of his signature funk or sexually explicit style. Additional albums released from 2000 to 2003 include You Nasty in 2000, Chase the Cat in 2001, What’s My Favorite Word? in 2002, and Married to the Game in 2003.

Each album earned a pretty good place on the chart within the top 71 hits on Billboard 200., but none of them faired as well as his previous 1990s hits, in which he has some top 10s.

In 2004 popular video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas featured his 1990s single “The Ghetto”. The song was available on the hip hop radio station for West Coast called Radio Los Santos.

The feature on the popular game was a success for Too Short in popularity and fame. In 2006 his album “Blow the Whistle” was released.

He was capitalizing on the hyphy style rap music that was coming from his Oakland home base. This album reached number 14 on Billboard 200, which was an improvement considering where his last three releases peaked.


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Unfortunately, Too Short’s next releases including “Get Off the Stage” weren’t as successful as his last. In late 2008 VH1 honored Too Short at the fifth annual “Hip-Hop Honors” as well as De La Soul, Slick Rick, Cypress Hill, and Naughty By Nature.

In 2009 Too Short made songs for Lil Jon, B-Legit, Scarface, Soopafly, and Daz Dillinger. In 2011 rapper Wiz Khalifa featured Too Short in the hi song “On My Level”.

That same year he also worked with Snoop Dogg on his track “Take U Home” from his “Doggumentary” album. Lastly, that year he worked with 50 Cent on his song “First Date”.

The next year in 2012 E-40 and Too Short put out a couple of collaboration albums on the very same day. One album was called “History: Mob Music” and the other one was called “History: Function Music”.

Both albums reached top 100 spots on Billboard 200 albums chart. Too Short has mentioned that his best verse ever can be heard on Dr. Dre’s track “Man’s Best Friend (P***y)” from his “Detox album.

In 2013 it was reported that Too Short would be working with Lady Gaga on her song “Jewels n’ Drugs” for her new album “Artpop”. Other artists featured on the song included Twista and T.I.

In 2015 Tavion Millioune featured Too Short on his “Oakland Brookfield Dance” song. A year later in 2016 Too Short appeared on Dumbfoundead’s track “Cochino” from his studio album “We Might Die”. Too Short announced that he was releasing his 20th and final album “The Pimp Tape” in late 2018.


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Interesting Facts

  • Too Short says he was continuously deterred from releasing his positive music, and one of his biggest goals was to release his positive music before he retired from rapping.
  • Too Short got into some controversy in 2012 when he gave graphic intimacy advice to middle and high school boys on The video received lots of negative attention and XXL wound up taking it down and issuing an apology.
  • Artists on Too Short’s label Up All Nite Records include Boi Payton, FX, Boo Ski, The Pack, and Dolla Will.
  • For several years Too Short was a mentor at a group for at-risk youths called Youth UpRising
  • In addition to Too Short’s huge catalog of music, he has appeared in films and television episodes. He also has two films of his own that went straight to DVD.


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Favorite Quotes from Too Short

“Even though some people give you no respect, be intelligent when you put them in check, cause when you’re ignorant, you get treated that way.”