Too $hort’s longevity in hip-hop has been matched by few rappers. He started out flipping cassette tapes from his trunk in the ’80s and managed to keep the albums flowing as he aged gracefully into an elder of rap.
This past Tuesday (Feb.28), Short Dog released No Trespassing, which the Bay Area OG says is his most mature work to date. With guest features from the likes of Snoop Dogg and 50 cent, Short managed to keep his core audience happy and still keep his mainstream appeal.
One track that we don’t hear on the LP came as a huge surprise when the OG revealed his secret collabo in a recent interview.
“[Dr. Dre] had this song it was called “Man’s Best Friend” aka “Pussy” and from what I understood he kept getting people to rap on it,” Too Short tells VIBE. “And Dre is a perfectionist. He didn’t like what they were doing on it and he didn’t plan on using it. Then somebody suggested my name, so he called me in. I’m not even gonna lie to you, the rap that I did for Dr. Dre, I didn’t write the rap. Kurupt’s little brother wrote it, Roscoe, and he pimped me one hell of a 16 bar verse. Dre had me in there, the first session was nine hours. “
Short says he had to go back several times before Dre finally approved his verse.
“The Second session was like four hours, then he called me the third day and was like, ‘we need to replace one line,’ says Short. “And I went back for a third day and replaced one line. I wish I could hear it because I haven’t heard it since that night and the people who have heard it came back and told me, that night, those few nights I was in that session—that might be the best 16 bars I ever rapped. “
While Detox still doesn’t have a confirmed release date, Too Short says he may have to ask Dre for the track if it doesn’t surface soon.
“You know how cool Dre is? This is how cool Dr. Dre is—he asked his people, ‘how much does Short want for the verse?’ And when I said what I wanted his response was, ‘Pay him double.’ That was the homie. I had never had anyone get at me like that. “