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 If you're not from Oakland, then what we're seeing is like nothing you've ever experienced ...



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The hometown love is never more prevalent than when veteran MC Too Short is in the city. The Don still commands infinite respect.

"You should hear them at four in the morning," Short, who was born in Los Angeles and moved to Oakland in the ninth grade, says about the bevy of Harley-Davidson motorcycles that have lined the block. "It don't take but about four of them and its sounds like a 747 coming down the street." He laughs. "Look at them crazy muthaf-----s!"

Short, who recently relocated to Atlanta, has come home for a visit. What was intended to be a brief ride through town with Short showing MTV some of his favorite spots has turned into another procession of vehicles — this time Harleys, most with tricked-out accessories like speakers in the saddle bags and TV screens beside the speedometer, joining the now-familiar line of cars with their doors open.

"You're not going to catch me doing none of that," Short says, flashing his gap-toothed grin. "You ain't gonna catch me jumpin' out the car. But I'll make some music that'll make you jump out the car."

Although most of the music in Short's catalog sounds drastically different from the hyphy sounds now hypnotizing the Bay, he's not turning his nose up at the new phenomenon.

"[When I was a kid], cats that were older than me were doing it. They had rims on their cars, they had paint jobs. Now this generation is upstaging us."      - Too Short

"We feeling the youngsters," Short says during the ride, as people jump off of their front porches and run out of corner grocery stores, calling out to him as he drives by. "[When I was a kid], cats that were older than me were doing it. They were colorful, they had rims on their cars, they had paint jobs. We came along and we did what we call 'improvements' — we made the cars a little flyer, we made the stereos a little louder, we acted a little crazier. Now this generation is upstaging us with the ghost-riding and the open doors.

"If you go back to the E-40 video we did, 'Rapper's Ball,' that was around the time when everybody started dancing and popping their collars and stuff," Short continues. "If you look closely at the basic structure of the hyphy dance, that's what they doing — that dance, but just way wilder. It's gone from some real cool, slick popping collar to some wild popping collar. And I used to do donuts [in my car] — now, the youngsters say, 'I'm gonna do a donut with both doors open! I'll do a donut hanging out the car!' "


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