Singled Out: "Initially The Track Had Talib Kweli On It But For A Couple Minor Reasons, We Had To..."

Tuesday, Mar 6, 2012 12:15PM

Written by SOHH for Too Short

[SOHH highlights a hot single each week and offers a unique look at the record. After Killer Mike spilled the details on "Big Beast," hip-hop veteran Too Short breaks down the science behind his "Trying To Come Up" record.]

The most popular song on my No Trespassing album is called "Trying To Come Up" and every time I play it for people, they really like that song.

It's kind of reminiscent of songs that I've done in the past like "Life Is...Too Short," it's kind of on that vibe. This is the song I would like to see be my next single, but I'm not going to pick anything until I see what the feedback is like after the album and music videos are out.

Initially the track had Talib Kweli on it but for a couple of minor reasons, we had to take the verse off. I was going to go and do the video but I couldn't get everything in tact so I had to take it off. But I grabbed one of the young guys because I really like working with the younger artists. I need somebody to come through and give me that younger outlook on the content that's being talked about, so C.O. came through.

We also have a version with Sir Michael Rocks from The Cool Kids on that same song. Later after the album drops, we're going to drop the remix with him on it.

Too Short never had the skills or technique of LL Cool J or Big Daddy Kane, but what the Oakland rapper lacks in technique, he always more than made up for with irresistible, '70s-inspired funky grooves that simply won't quit. When Short -- after enjoying a small cult following for a few years in Northern California -- joined a major label with Life Is...Too Short's predecessor, Born to Mack, too many East Coast MCs were inundating hip-hop with cliché tracks consisting of only James Brown samples and a drum machine. Too Short, however, presented an attractive alternative with highly melodic danceable tracks that made his love of '70s funk heroes like Parliament, the Ohio Players, and Cameo apparent.

Check out "Trying To Come Up" below:

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