Too $hortowned up to his fatherly advice/XXL struggle and just dropped his 19th album, No Trespassing. But reaching that milestone is no big deal for the Oakland rap legend. Making music—andplenty of music videos, too—is just what he has always done, regardless of whether or not he was getting paid.
“I figured it out a long time ago. I came in the game with a lot of years under my belt as far as recording music,” $hort Dog tells Hip-Hop Wired. “When I started making records professionally, I had a stack of material. Just tons of stuff. In the early days I was just selling stuff on the streets. It was never a plan to be a rapper.”