By Jack Barnes
Multiplatinum hip-hop legend and Bay Area O.G. Too $hort heats up the summer with The Sex Tape [O.G Records/EMPIRE] today. Enjoy this video stream below after the jump and please share this with friends.
The Sex Tape marks the third installment of a four-part series preceding the upcoming arrival of his 20th and final studio album—The Pimp Tape—out this summer.
Living up to its name, The Sex Tape undresses 12 of $hort’s most raunchy, ratchet, and raw tracks ever. Hyphy production bubbles under the opener “Can’t Take Her” [feat. ymtk], which gets nasty off the bat with one eyebrow-raising ad-lib after another. “Pull Yo Trophies Out [feat. Philthy Rich] goes hard over a slow and sexy beat, while “Dance Like You Fuckin” proves tailor made for any after-afterparty. Meanwhile, the single “Balance” resembles something of a dark horse. Its delicate production slips under $hort’s hypnotic homage to pole dancing ingenues worldwide as he praises, “It must be a challenge, tryna keep your balance.”
$hort has been literally everywhere this year. Cardi B’s “Brickenhead” samples his original “Cuss Words,” and “In The Trunk” pipes through the beginning of Black Panther. Next up, his collaboration with Kelis, “Bossy,” plays in the upcoming blockbuster Oceans 8.
However, everything serves as a prelude to The Pimp Tape.
With 30 years under his belt, 15 million Soundscan sales, 6 platinum certifications, 4 gold certifications, collaborations alongside both Tupac, The Notorious B.I.G., and Jay-Z countless sold out shows, and hundreds of guest appearances, Too $hort cracked the code to hip-hop immortality. From Drake copping his “Blow The Whistle” lyrics and flow on the double-platinum DJ Khaled smash “For Free” to Yo Gotti and Nicki Minaj twisting up “Freaky Tales” in the platinum smash “Rake It Up,” this legend’s influence permeates every corner of modern rap. If West Coast hip-hop ever gets its own Mount Rushmore, he deserves to be right next to Dr. Dre, Tupac, Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, and E-40—preferably smoking a blunt. $hort’s 20th full-length and first for his own O.G. Records and EMPIRE, The Pimp Tape, once again asserts the icon’s spot at the top by embracing everything listeners fell in love with way back in 1985…
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