Now, 16 years later, the two Bay Area rappers are releasing a pair of collaborative albums (History: Mob Music and History: Function Music) today. To mark the occasion, let's take a step back in time to enjoy their best previous collaborations, which have ramped up over the past few years to culminate in this big double release.
10. Too $hort featuring E-40, "Money On The Floor" (2012)
These guys don't tend to make amazing stripper songs together ("Sliding Down The Pole" wasn't their shining moment), but this one gets a boost from great cinematography, which demonstrates a slice of their sizable audience and influence.
9. E-40 featuring Snoop Dogg, Too $hort, and Jazzy Pha, "You Can't Stop The Boss" (2010) "Ask Phalon, Calvin, or Earl, when they see me, they be counting the girls," says $hort, name-checking his collaborators on this "grown and sexy" moment from Revenue Retrievin'. A relaxing moment amidst the grind.
8. WC featuring E-40 and Too $hort, "Keep Hustlin" (1998)
This continues where "Rapper's Ball" left off, with an almost equally catchy hook that sounds Jodeci-esque. It's a feel-good money making motivator.
7. Too $hort featuring E-40, "This My One" (2007)
"I got a cold conversation, I can talk an officer out of a ticket in front of the police station," 40 raps over a stripped-down-but-still-borderline-hyphy slapper. "Ask your mother and your auntie, smile in your face and burn rubber in your panties," says $hort. A nice encapsulation of their different yet complementary styles here.
6. T.W.D.Y. featuring Too $hort and E-40, "Pervin" (1999)
"If you're drivin', then I'mma keep getting high then," raps $hort on this anthem of intoxicated responsibility. While "Player's Holiday" was the big tune off this local album from producer Ant Banks, this party tune would have definitely made for the better video.