One of the true O.G.'s in rap, Too Short was laying down raw rhymes about violence, sex, and life on the streets years before "gangsta rap" was a definable genre. Too Short began making a name for himself in Oakland in the early 1980s, and through a series of gold and platinum albums in the '80s and '90s came to be seen as one of the founding fathers of hardcore rap. MACK OF THE CENTURY culls 13 of the rapper's strongest tracks from across his discography, including the gems "Life is Too Short" and "The Ghetto." MACK OF THE CENTURY represents Too Short at his brassy, bawdy best, and is the perfect introduction to this hip-hop icon.