[Opinion] Too Short's Advice Advocating Sexual Assault of Young Girls: Did We Let This Happen?
“Little girls so fresh and I know you are, want to take a little ride in my new car, I see you more than baby, its more like hell, you screw a little girl and end up in jail” – Too Short.
How ironic is it that Too Short – the 45-year-old rapper who recently came under fire for encouraging middle-school boys to “[take it] to the hole” with young girls – actually wrote a song about “little girls so thick, you might think [they’re] grown” over 25 years ago?
Was “Little Girls” – Too Shorts’ song released on his 1987 album, Born to Mack – boasting about how he “took a little girl to a drive in show, jumped in the back and heard no, no, no” any less inappropriate than the dangerous and haphazard advice he presented in his XXL “Fatherly Advice” video?
Granted, Too Short – whose real name is Todd Anthony Shaw – wasn’t 45 years old when “Little Girls” came out (he was actually 21), but he was still a California resident, and thus was required to uphold Calif. penal code 261.5 stating that sexual intercourse with someone who is under 18 and not a spouse is unlawful. Therefore, if the freaky tales in “Little Girls” are indeed true, Too Short is guilty of committing statutory rape.
With that said, I bring the disturbing messages in “Little Girls” up for a reason. If these alarming images and messages have been prevalent in Too Short’s music from the very beginning, why wasn’t the same massive outrage over his recent video with XXL expressed when he first dropped his album? As a matter of fact, didn’t it have quite the opposite effect? As a matter of fact, in 1998, didn’t The Source Magazine herald the album as one of its 100 Best Rap Albums? Where were all of you angry people then?
Up until now, I’ve been addressing the problem from the standpoint of someone who is already well versed on the reprehensible words and actions perpetrated by Too Short in his “Fatherly Advice” video and the unsatisfactory actions on behalf of both XXL’s Editor-In-Chief, Vanessa Satten, and Too Short in its aftermath. However, in the event that you’ve somehow been living under a rock for the past week, please allow me to bring you up to speed on the dirty details.
Earlier this week, a XXL staffer of obviously questionable merit posted a video of Too Short explaining the process of “mind manipulation” and how to “turn girls out”.
“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). “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.”