“I’m not really good at love advice, I have failed miserably at the whole one-one-one relationship and monogamy,” rapper Too $hort confessed. It was hours before he would continue his press day and head over to XXL Magazine’s offices to record the now infamous video clip where he gave advice to middle school boys on how to be a sexual predator.
He was hanging out at Interactive One a few weeks ago, fielding the multiple Valentine’s Day-related questions for TheUrbanDaily.com. The Bay Area rapper has made a career talking about sex, so sex talk was to be expected.
“I’ve never preached against love,” he continued. “Valentine’s Day for me was like flowers, dinner and f*ck and the next day we act like we ain’t together no more.”
However, he was decidedly more candid at the office of XXL/Harris Publications when asked later that day to give advice to high school boys on how to get a girl.
“When you get to late middle school, early high school and you start feeling a certain way about the girls… I’m gonna tell you a couple tricks,” Too Short said in the video which has since been removed from the site. “A lot of the boys are going to be running around trying to get kisses from the girls… We’re going way past that. I’m taking you to the hole.”
The next few sentences shocked and enraged readers of the site for its graphic and sexually aggressive instructions.
“You push her up against the wall,” he continued. “You take your finger and put a little spit on it and you stick your finger in her underwear and you rub it on there and watch what happens.”
The statements have inspired a petition to have XXL’s editor fired and for Too $hort to take a long walk off a short pier. Apologies have been issued by both parties but the story is still spreading.
It would be easy for me to dismiss this incident as just another rapper showing his ass for attention if it had not been for the interaction I had with him earlier that day. What he said was reprehensible, but is only underlined by the complete 180 degree turn he had made.
When I asked him about the first video from his new album, the strip club ready “Money On The Floor,” he was quick to say that it was not representative of what the album, No Tresspassing, was about. “My album really isn’t on that vibe. The album goes through emotional stuff. It’s more of a grown-up album. But I had to give them the Short Dog grimy look to open it up.”
In over ten years of doing interviews that’s a cop-out I’ve heard from rappers before, so I asked him to elaborate.
“I shot 12 videos so far and I’m doing two more for this album of 17 songs,” he said. “And that’s the only one with booty shaking. That could disappoint you or make you say hmmmm. I had a female director who shot all the videos. The only one that she didn’t shoot was ‘Money On The Floor.’ These are the rules I gave her; I said let’s do these videos but they can’t have any cars where I’m standing by the car or in the car driving, or in the club, bottles on the table and chicks around, can’t do the swimming pool where the girls are in bikinis butt-naked and the guys are in long shirts and jeans, and we’re not doing the “open the mansion” doors with the rented mansion. No violence and no booty shaking. Those were the rules I gave her. We shot 12 videos with none of that stuff in it..”
A few days later I did receive a link to his latest video “Hey” which is definitely a departure from the rump-shaking affair of the first single.