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(1991 – 1994)

There are at least 7 artists with the name Shorty.

(1) Shorty is a raper from the famous Los Angeles rap group Da Lench Mob, which released an gold album “Guerillas In The Mist” under the legendary rapper’s Ice Cube guidance. The title song was featured on the video game, Grand Thef Auto: San Andreas.

(2) Shorty was officially born in 1991 under the guise of vocalist Al Johnson and guitarist Mark Shippy. Along with drummer Todd Lamparelli and bassist Luke Frantom, they released three singles and two albums.

The group became Shorty and decided to officially keep the moniker in September. Atlanta, GA, label Worry Bird released the band’s first 7”, Last One in My Mouth Is a Jerk, late that year.
The group spent a week laying down songs at the Chicago Recording Company and mixing them at Steve Albini’s home. Thirty five hundred copies of Shorty’s debut LP, Thumb Days, were pressed by the Southern Germany based Gasoline Boost Records in April of 1993.
Shorty set out for a European tour in April of 1994. The band spent a month on the road with Champaign, IL, rock trio the Didjits. As they returned to America, Frantom had some personal business matters he had to take care of, which ultimately caused his separation from the band.
Shippy and Johnson gathered guitarist Todd Rittmann and drummer Jim Kimball — to begin working on a new group. After replacing Kimball with Pat Samson, the new band became U.S. Maple.


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