Throwback Thursday- Born To Mack

Born To Mack Too Short Throwback Thursday

Born To Mack’ may not have been Too Short’s most popular album, but it was the album that put him on the map. Released in 1987, ‘Born to Mack’ was his fourth studio album, but first to go Gold. His fifth album ‘Life Is…Too short’ was more of a commercial success, but ‘Born To Mack’ was for the streets.

Too Short was one of the first hip hop artists to use the word “bitch” – a word which became one of the rapper’s trademarks and was the focus of subsequent raps such as Ain’t Nothin’ but a Word to Me. ‘Born To Mack’ was a solid album, but there were two songs that stood out:

Dope Fiend Beat

Dope Fiend Beat was the sixth track off ‘Born To Mack’. I still can’t tell you exactly what Short was talking about on this song and I know the lyrics line for line. Like most of his songs, he was just talking trash. But it sounded good. Even the way he said “biiiiiiitch” wasn’t as offensive as it was funny.

His penchant for slinging expletives at women was so over the top it was hard to take him seriously. But that was the genius of Too Short. He could say the most outlandish shit and get away with it. And instead of being outraged, listeners found humor in his lyrics.

He’s not clever by any stretch of the imagination, but he was entertaining. Too Short knew his lane and stayed in it:

Bitches on my mind
I can’t hold back, now’s the time
All you loud-mouth bitches talk too much
And you dick teasin’ bitches never fuck
I seen long-hair bitches, workin extensions
Her hair ain’t really but two inches
All you bald-head hoes in the oakland world
Runnin’ around town with jheri curls
Nappy head niggas like myself
Get a bald-head and say: ‘go to hell!’
But you’s a snake, you’s a worm
You bald-head bitch, you need a perm

Freaky Tales

If you haven’t heard Freaky Tales you are either under 30 years old, or didn’t get out much in the 80’s. Freaky Tales was the song everyone played in the ride. And we played it loud for good reason.

The mid to late 80’s was the era of heavy bass, and Freaky Tales was the classic car banger. This song was 9 minutes and 34 seconds of Too Short describing his sexual exploits with countless women in great detail. By today’s standards the lyrics weren’t too explicit. But back then it was over the top just like Dope Fiend Beat:

These are the tales, the freaky tales
These are the tales that I tell so well
These are the tales, the freaky tales
These are the tales that I tell so wel
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I met this girl, her name was Joan
She loved the way I rocked the on microphone
When I met Joan, I took her home
She was just like a doggy all on my bone
I met another girl, her name was Ann
All she wanted was to freak with a man
When I met Ann, I shook her hand
We ended up freakin’ by a garbage can
The next young freak I met was Red
I took her to the house and she gave me head
She likes to freak is all she said
We jumped in the sheets and we broke my bed

Too Short will never make the list of dopest MCs, but he still made a huge impact in the music industry. He ushered in the entire Bay Area sound, and he was one of the first to do what he did.

Likewise, ‘Born To Mack’ will never make the list for dopest hip hop albums, but it did what it was supposed to do. It provided us with dope beats we could slap in the ride, and it made us laugh. And for that, we should give it credit.

Did you listen to Too Short back in the day? If so, what was your favorite song?

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