“I remember how it all began, I used to sing dirty raps to my East Side fans…” were the lyrics that shaped urban youth as rapped by the iconic rapper TOO SHORT (@TooShort).
His mother named him TODD ANTHONY SHAW, but the world knows him as “Too Short” and he made a celebrity appearance on the REELZ CHANNEL’s Network hit Reality TV Show – HOLLYWOOD HILLBILLIES (@HWDHillbillies).
In the most recent episode, DAVID WEINTRAUB (@DWETalent) seeks to give his client, MICHAEL KITTRELL (@CopperCab), an opportunity to sharpen his branding and image by meeting with rap sensation Too Short, who is only on screen for an estimated 3-5 minutes. #WorthTheWait #Maybe
The matriarch of the show, MEMA (@HillbillyMeMa) has sheltered Michael and, in a real way, has stunted his development as an independent young man. In one scene, Michael is challenged to cook for himself and fails miserably. Now, I am not sure if the storyline was just putting a bit of “extra” into it, but it appeared – by the way Michael responded to grease popping out of the skillet and onto his skin – that he truly was unfamiliar with cooking, at least over a hot stove.
DeeDee (@HillbillyDeeDee), Michael’s aunt, remarked during a reflection scene, “He don’t even know how to work a microwave. Mema has always catered to him and I have never seen him cook nothing – ever.”
As if preparing someone for bad news, Mema expressed to Michael, “…listen to me a minute. I’m not gonna be around forever, you are going to have to cook for yourself – honey.” One can only hope that some upcoming episode doesn’t reveal Mema as having a life threatening illness. Shy of that, she is right concerning Michael learning to do things for himself, truthfully –is seems she has realized she has handicapped his development and still isn’t ready to release him from it into his manhood.
JACK’S FAMILY RESTAURANT
Mema and Michael visit a restaurant – JACK’S FAMILY RESTAURANT – located at 3965 S. Western Avenue in Los Angeles, CA. | CLICK HERE
I highlight this fact because, as I’ve covered in previous articles regarding RealityTV, there is hardly any attempt to feature Black Owned Businesses or Business that employ Black people for that matter. Yet, Hollywood Hillbillies is to be commended for featuring this business on their growing hit show. On this show was featured both employees and patrons alike which were black. Reality Housewives didn’t do it! Rev. Run’s Renovation didn’t do it! Treehouse Masters didn’t do it! I could go on and on, but #iDigress.
As Mema is ordering her Salmon Croquettes and a single fried Chicken Wing, in walks Michael’s manager David Weintraub. As conversation ensues between David and Mema, he states the following…
“I’ve been thinking about you having a meeting with somebody whom I’ve managed for the last 7 years. And, he’s a guy who has sold 40 million records and made 22 albums…he’s a rapper by the name of Too Short. He’s a legend.”
Michael is overtaken with excitement and begins quoting infamous sayings made popular by Too Short himself, in particular, the classic – BIATCH! From the point of David’s announcement viewers anticipate seeing Too Short, the well-known rapper who hails from the streets of East Oakland, CA. This is also the point in the show where viewers start to give credence to David managerial abilities –for if he has been representing Too Short for the last 7 years and has secured for him a guest spot on Hollywood Hillbillies, then he may also have the pull to launch Michael’s career. Then again, we must remember that we are already watching Michael’s Reality TV Show. #IJSayin’
David believes Michael can learn a thing or two from the famed rapper which will assist in his career development. David also mentions Michael’s need to control his outbursts of anger displayed on occasion. Mema agrees! #OMG
Michael, nervous about his meeting with Too Short, expresses to his family, “I’m nervous! I got a lot on me. Do you guys not get that….It’s a dream come true to meet Too Short, but it’s also a lot of pressure. My stomach is all butterflies right now…I’m nervous because I’m going to meet with a very established, well known, very powerful rapper. ”
Michael’s well-grounded and supportive Uncle Johnny (@HillbillyJohnny) expresses, “He’s just a guy! He puts his damn pants on the same way you do!” In a reflective scene, Uncle Johnny further states, “What’s the nervous part about it? I don’t get it. This is your thang, you go out and do your thang. This is Too Short, I mean how scary can that be?”
THE WAIT IS OVER!!!
As Michael walks into a local establishment and is approached his manager, we see Too Short sitting on a couch eating hor d’oeuvres and sitting next to him a beautiful young woman dressed in purple. Too Short’s companion, according to sources, is assumed to be his wife – ERICA ESCARCEGA. The two are rumored to have been married in 2000.
In one very funny scene Too Short attempts to teach Mema how to say the word BIIIIATCH. Mema is taken by Too Short’s pearly whites and after a bit of instruction, believes she is now ready to be a rapper herself.
Refocusing the meeting on its purpose, David gave Michael an opportunity to ask questions of Too Short that might assist in his developing career. Blessing him with knowledge, Too Short explains how your own personal movement creates opportunity. He also shared that, due to Michael’s YouTube fame, he actually has an advantage.
In the end, Mema is extremely happy with what David has done for her grandson Michael and concludes her appreciation with “It’s about ‘Frappin’ time!” She makes known that Too Short reminds her of her ex-husband comparing her deceased husband’s genitalia to his name and providing a visual using her two index fingers. #Biiiiiaaatttccchhhh
HOLLYWOOD HILLBILLIES airs each Tuesday on REELZ CHANNEL (@ReelzChannel). Check your local cable provider for times and reAired episodes. The title of this episode was HOLLYWOOD NIGHTS.
GOOD DAY/NIGHT & GOD BLESS!!!