Like a beloved athlete in his hometown watering hole, Too $hort never has to pay for a beverage. The legendary California icon has been graciously accepting praise from all walks of life, boasting collaborations with both Biggie and Pac, and an impressive repertoire of twenty studio albums to his name. Now, on the day The Pimp Tape has come to fruition, Too $hort once again showcases his curatorial prowess, bringing together fan-favorites ScHoolboy Q and Joyner Lucas for a reflection on street rules, police brutality, and occasional flashes of braggadocio.
Though the latter topic remains imbued with sociopolitical connotations, all three parties bring a gravitas fueled by the credibility of experience. And quite frankly, it's refreshing to hear ScHoolboy Q once more, given his notable absence from both this year and the last. The passion in his authoritative voice is evident, as he spits about the dual dangers of both gang and police-related violence.
Too $hort remains measured in his approach, graceful under pressure, yet no less assertive; his role as gatekeeper means he might have to slap a poser if need be. Joyner closes things out with a stroll down memory lane, with his presence feeling like somewhat of a torch-passing moment. An interesting combination, but the chemistry is welcome. Peep the deep cut now.
N***a gotta escape, I'm shakin' this place
No matter how many damn L's I take
Or Fs I get, we strive for excellence
The cops supposed to protect the streets, but who protecting us from them?
My pen got me above the rim
Black creative minds jumping out the gym