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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

E-40 and Too $hort: Their Top 10 Pre-History Collaborations

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Too $hort and E-40: History professors.
  • Too $hort and E-40: History professors.
E-40 and Too $hort were both platinum-selling recording artists on Jive Records throughout the '90s and early '00s, but they were always discouraged by the label from collaborating together outside of $hort's appearance on 40's single "Rapper's Ball" in 1996.

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.

See also:
* What The Hell Is Too $hort Doing on VH1's Couples Therapy?
* E-40 Remakes "Function" Into a Giants Postseason Anthem

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.

5. 40 Glocc featuring E-40, Snoop Dogg, Too $hort, Xzibit, and Sevin, "Welcome to California (Remix)" (2011)

This Golden State posse cut wouldn't be the same with only the SoCal stars -- it needed just the right touch of the Yay.

4. E-40 featuring Too $hort, "Bitch" (2010)

This single from 40's Revenue Retrievin' was so loved by 50 Cent that he recorded a remix and helped spread $hort's favorite word even further around the country. The original has a bit more charm and local flavor.

3. Too $hort featuring Soopafly, Daz, and E-40, "You Might Get G'eed" (2007)

Here's one of the best statewide tunes, featuring a beautiful mix of Northern California macking and Southern California pimping. $hort steps up his flow here, and 40's got an impressive showing of his lower vocal register on this one.

2. E-40 featuring Too $hort & J-Banks, "Just Be You" (2012)

E-40 used to say that he'd "make like a pregnant lady and release an album every nine months," but he's bypassed that humble claim with Octomom-style productivity in recent years. This song and video from The Block Brochure collection, which dropped earlier this year, is a sleeper that deserves more attention, a real laid-back display of their natural confidence.

1. E-40 featuring Too $hort and K-Ci, "Rapper's Ball" (1996)

The platinum standard for old-school fans, this is the original collaboration where the two share secrets from The Hall of Game for the benefit of your financial health ("Don't buy an $85,000 car before you buy a house").

-- @teemoney415

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