Born to Mack

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Born to Mack
Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 20, 1987
September 22, 1988
(Dangerous Music/RCA release)
August 24, 1989
(Jive/RCA compact disc release)
Recorded1986–1987 (except "Mack Attack" in 1988)
Too Short chronology
Raw, Uncut, and X-Rated
Born to Mack
Life Is...Too Short
Professional ratings
Review scores
The Encyclopedia of Popular Music[3]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide[5]
Spin Alternative Record Guide7/10[6]

Born to Mack is the fourth studio album and debut major label album by American rapper Too Short.[7] The album was released in 1987 via Dangerous Music. It was re-released in 1988 by Jive Records/RCA, after the success of Life Is...Too Short, although Jive Records logos did not appear on it until it was released on compact disc in 1989.

Too Short sold around 50,000 copies of the album directly from the trunk of his car.[3]

Critical reception[edit]

Trouser Press wrote that Too Short made "weak work of simple beats and unconvincing boasts, big-booty fantasies ('Freaky Tales,' 'Partytime'), ugly putdowns ('Dope Fiend Beat') and jailbait concerns ('Little Girls')."[1] The Spin Alternative Record Guide wrote that the album elevates "the 75 Girl formula without abandoning it."[6]

Track listing[edit]

2."Mack Attack" (released on 1988 version)5:57
3."Playboy Short II"7:10
4."You Know What I Mean"6:00
5."Freaky Tales"9:30
6."Dope Fiend Beat"6:31
7."Little Girls"6:10
8."The Universal Mix"3:42


Chart (1987) Peak
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[8] 50


  1. ^ a b "Too $hort". Trouser Press. Retrieved 8 February 2021.
  2. ^ Mtume Salaam (1989-08-24). "Born to Mack - Too $hort | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-07-25.
  3. ^ a b Larkin, Colin (2006). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music. Vol. 8. MUZE. p. 212.
  4. ^ "Too $hort :: Born to Mack :: Jive/Zomba". 2003-01-25. Retrieved 2015-07-25.
  5. ^ The Rolling Stone Album Guide. Random House. 1992. p. 711.
  6. ^ a b Spin Alternative Record Guide. Vintage Books. 1995. p. 412.
  7. ^ "Too $hort | Biography & History". AllMusic.
  8. ^ "Too Short Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved October 23, 2014.