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Rapper 'Too Short' arrested for alleged DUI, drugs in Hollywood

March 20, 2013 |  6:33 am

Rapper Too Short.Rapper "Too Short" was arrested early Wednesday in Hollywood on suspicion of drunken driving and drug possession, Los Angeles police said.

The 46-year-old, born Todd Anthony Shaw, was taken into custody shortly after 3 a.m. near Hollywood Boulevard and Las Palmas Avenue, said Los Angeles police Officer Cleon Joseph. Details about the arrest were sparse, but Joseph said the rapper briefly tried to run from police before he was apprehended.

Born in Los Angeles and raised in Oakland, Too Short is considered one of the pioneers of West Coast hip hop, with hits including "The Ghetto," "Burn Rubber" and "Blow the Whistle."

In 2009, he was arrested twice on suspicion of DUI and other charges in Las Vegas. A year later, he was arrested on misdemeanor battery charges after a performance at an Idaho nightclub.

Last month, rumors circulated that Too Short was involved in a shooting and car crash on the Las Vegas Strip that left Oakland rapper Kenny Clutch and two others dead. But a message on Too Short's Facebook page said he "no knowledge or connection to this incident."

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Photo: Rapper Too Short. Credit: KTLA-TV

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