By Aaris A. Schroeder
Foothill Blvd between High Street and 47th Avenue is considered the heart of East Oakland and today, Oakland’s Mayor, Libby Schaaf has named this stretch of Foothill Blvd. “Too $hort Way,” in honor of the Bay Area rapper Too $hort.
This stretch of Foothill is also along the path of Fremont High School where Too $hort attended and also where he got his start producing music, according to KQED.
“His career blazed a path that opened the door for Bay Area artists to pursue their dreams,” Schaaf told KQED.
Too $hort got his start as a Hip Hop pioneer selling rap tapes out of his trunk and putting out classic hits such as, “Short but Funky,” “Gettin’ It” and “Freaky Tales” and “Blow The Whistle” just to name a few.
Too $hort and all Hip Hop artists had a hard time in the beginning of the movement when Oakland police were cracking down on Hip Hop shows. Tagging along with this come-up, Too $hort celebrated the success the new supergroup, Mount Rushmore, made up of his fellow brother-in-rap E-40, Snoop Dogg and Ice Cube.