Shorty the Pimp

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For the 1973 film, soundtrack, and theme song, see Don Julian (musician).
Shorty The Pimp
Studio album by Too Short
Released July 14, 1992
Recorded 1991–1992
Genre Hip hop, Dirty rap, Political rap
Label Jive Records
Producer Too Short, Ant Banks & D'wayne Wiggins
Too Short chronology
Short Dog's In The House
Shorty The Pimp
Get in Where You Fit In
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

This fourth studio album by Too Short, Shorty the Pimp, was released in 1992. Five songs were produced by Ant Banks, four by Too Short himself and one song by D'wayne Wiggins.

The album title is from the 1973 blaxploitation film of the same name, featuring a character of that name. The first track samples the theme song of the film; the soundtrack of the film was later collected in the funk album Shorty the Pimp by Don Julian & The Larks (who star in the movie).

The single from the album, So You Want To Be A Gangster is featured in the 1992 film Juice and on the video game Grand Theft Auto V, in the radio station West Coast Classics. It is the second Too Short song to be featured in a Grand Theft Auto game, the first one being The Ghetto in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.

Style and themes[edit]

Songs number 3, 4 & 8 are 'dirty songs' rapped in Too Short's unique style. The fifth song is about Oakland. The sixth song is about crooked cops. The seventh about groupies (hoochies). Song number 10 is about being a gangster and criticizing the gang-banger lifestyle in general, one of Too Short's more serious, social commentary songs. Song 11 features appearances by Bay Area rappers The Dangerous Crew, that is Ant Banks, Pooh-Man & Goldy, which is 11 minutes long. This album debuted at #6 on the US Billboard 200 chart with 82,000 copies sold in its first week,[2] and was later certified Platinum.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Intro: Shorty The Pimp" -:42
  2. "In The Trunk" -5:49
  3. "I Ain't Nothin' But A Dog" -4:49
  4. "Hoes" -6:22
  5. "No Love From Oakland" -8:25
  6. "I Want To Be Free (That's The Truth)" -5:48
  7. "Hoochie" (featuring D'wayne Wiggins) -4:19
  8. "Step Daddy" 4:22
  9. "It Don't Stop" -4:21
  10. "So You Want To Be A Gangster" -4:04
  11. "Something To Ride To" (featuring Ant Banks, Pooh-Man & Goldy) -11:57
  12. "Extra Dangerous Thanks" -4:19


Intro: Shorty the Pimp

In the Trunk

  • "I'm Gonna Love You Just a Little More Baby" by Barry White

Ain't Nothing But a Dog


  • "Take Your Dead Ass Home! (Say Som'n Nasty)" by Funkadelic

No Love from Oakland

  • "The Night of the Thumpasorus Peoples" by Parliament

I Want to Be Free (That's the Truth)

Step Daddy

It Don't Stop

So You Want to Be a Gangster

Chart positions[edit]

Chart Position
US Billboard 200 6
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 11


"I Want To Be Free"

Chart Position
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks 41
US Hot Rap Singles 5

"In The Trunk"

Chart Position
US Hot Rap Singles 23