‘Too $hort Way’ Unveiled In Oakland, California During Star-Studded Event Honoring Too Short

Over this past weekend, Oakland, California, through Oakland mayor Libby Schaaf and councilmember Noel Gallo, renamed a stretch of Foothill Boulevard, a section between 47th Avenue and High Street, to Too $hort Way in honor of Too Short, the city’s pioneering hip-hop artist.

“First and foremost,” Too Short said, smiling, “y’all are celebrating Too $hort, but I’m celebrating Oakland.”

Too Short, the iconic Oakland hip-hop pioneer who used to sell his tapes out of his trunk before starting his career on the 75 Girls label with 1983’s Don’t Stop Rappin’, built his legendary career with unforgettable songs like “The Ghetto,” “Blow the Whistle,” “Freaky Tales”, “I’m a Player,” “Gettin’ It”, “Life Is…Too Short” and more. Between 1989 and 1996, Short released six platinum albums.

Ice Cube was among the celebrities in attendance, along with Sway Calloway, Ant Banks, and Mistah F.A.B. Cube said, “He’s always giving. He’s always trying to show you how to do something, telling you about something, giving you some game,” Ice Cube continued. “So, we gonna love Too $hort. Give respect to Too $hort because he put Oakland on the map.”

Nobody represents longevity better than Too Short. Approaching his fourth decade and releasing multiple classic albums, featuring a catalog longer than most rappers’ careers, there seems to be no end in sight for the godfather of bay area hip-hop.

Check out the scene of the “Too $hort Way” unveiling below:

Too Short continues to dominate the music scene as evidenced by the just-released West Coast supergroup Mt. Westmore album Snoop, Cube, 40, $hort, with E-40Snoop Dogg, and Ice Cube.

Congrats, Too Short!