By Nolan Strong
Oakland rap legend Too Short is planning a memoir based on his life titled Life Is Too Short: The Resilient Life of Todd Shaw, named in part after his hit 1988 album.
The book, which is being authored by Bay-Area Hip-Hop enthusiast and sportswriter Dale Tafoya, will feature Too Short’s take on his 25-plus-year career in the rap genre.
Life Is Too Short features a forward from fellow rap legend Snoop Dogg and contains interviews with hundreds of his friends, confidants, executives, athletes, bodyguards and family members.
Too Short, born Todd Anthony Shaw, entered into the rap game in 1983 at the age of 18-years-old with his first album Don‘t Stop Rappin’.
His 1987 track “Freaky Tales” was the first to bring him national notoriety, but Too Short’s 1988 album Life Is Too Short, was the biggest of his career, moving over 2 million units.
He has since released 17 albums in the last 25 years which have sold over 11 million copies combined.
The 43-year-old rapper has worked with a who’s-who of the Hip-Hop industry including Dr. Dre, E-40, Spice 1, Lil Jon, Jay-Z, Notorious B.I.G., Tupac Shakur, Eazy-E, Ice Cube and numerous others.
A release date for Life Is Too Short: The Resilient Life of Todd Shaw was not available at press time.
Tafoya is also finishing an upcoming book titled Hitters: The Inside World of Hip-Hop's Secret Service Men.
Hitters is a journey through the Hip-Hop industry from various celebrity bodyguards’ point of view.