While Too $hort continues to tour for his 19th studio album, No Trespassing, he’s got another project with E-40 already in the works. He hopes his alliance with his fellow Bay Area artist will be an example for warring rappers from other regions.
The duo is now working on a two-album project entitled E-40 & Too Short: The History Channel.
“40 and me are what Gucci Mane and Young Jeezy should be,” Too $hort told CBS Local, referencing the two Atlanta trap rap stars who have been at odds with each other. “They are very similar, came up around the same people and are in the same area. Gucci and Jeezy don’t get along too good, and me and E-40 had the opportunity to go our separate ways and be enemies. But we chose to make music instead of being negative. We take care of the Bay Area hip-hop culture.”
$hort said he steers clear of local beef and revealed the secret to his long list of collaborators he’s collected over the years.
“I respect everybody in hip-hop and they respect me,” he said. “That’s the reason why a youngster like Wiz Khalifa would call me up to do a song with him for his mixtape (On My Level). When you see people like 50 Cent, Snoop Dogg, Devin the Dude, and Twista on No Trespassing just know that I have a list in my phone right now for collaborations…It’s as simple as ‘Hey, let’s do a song together.’”
Too $hort is currently out on a nationwide tour in support of No Trespassing, which was released in February. --Keith Murphy, CBS Local