Personnel: Too Short (rap vocals); A. Eaton (keyboards, guitars, programming); Hamie Wave (keyboards, guitar); T. Shaw (keyboards, programming); K. Foster (keyboards); Pierre James (scratches); Gary Mackey, Duane Patton, Danny McLane (background vocals).
Producers: Too Short, Pierre "The Beat Fixer" James, Keenan "The Maestro" Foster, Al Eaton, Sir Jinx, D.J. Pooh.
Recorded at One Little Indian Studios, El Cerrito, California and Echo Sound Studios, Los Angeles, California.
Personnel: Al Eaton (guitar, keyboards, programming, drum programming); T. Shaw (keyboards, drum programming); Keenan "The Maestro" Foster (keyboards); Gary Mackey, DJ Scratch, Danny McLane, Duane Patton (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Too $hort; Al Eaton.
Recording information: Echo Sound Studios, Los Angeles, CA; One Little Indian Recording, El Cerrito, CA.
Photographer: Wayne Ho.
With Short Dog's in the House, Oakland's most sexually explicit MC gave his followers more of what he was known for -- X-rated lyrics, a relaxed style of rapping, and addictive, melodic tracks recalling the splendor of '70s funk. R&B fans who complained that rap on the whole wasn't sufficiently melodic couldn't make that complaint about the distinctive Too Short. When his raunchy lyrics continued to come under fire, he maintained that he was simply portraying a character -- and that he wasn't really the ghetto pimp he portrayed. As entertaining as his albums are, Short's inspired interpretation of Donny Hathaway's "The Ghetto" makes it crystal clear that he would do well to be more lyrically challenging more often. ~ Alex Henderson