E-40 vs. Too Short in ‘Verzuz’ Battle of Bay Area Icons: See Billboard’s Scorecard & Winner For the Showdown

Melissa M. Munoz

Here’s how Billboard broke down each round between the two generation-spanning rap vets, with the overall winner announced at the end.  Round 1: Too $hort’s “Freaky Tales” vs. E-40’s “Da Bumble”  Too $hort kicked off round number one with the speaker-rattling classic “Freaky Tales.” E-40’s “Da Bumble” was a good […]

Here’s how Billboard broke down each round between the two generation-spanning rap vets, with the overall winner announced at the end. 

Round 1: Too $hort’s “Freaky Tales” vs. E-40’s “Da Bumble” 

Too $hort kicked off round number one with the speaker-rattling classic “Freaky Tales.” E-40’s “Da Bumble” was a good counterattack, but it wasn’t as hard-hitting as $hort’s first choice to clinch the opening round. 

WINNER: Too $hort

Round 2: Too $hort’s “Life Is…Too $Hort” vs. E-40’s “Captain Save A Hoe”

Too $hort’s “Life Is .Too $Hort” rang through the NorCal soundstage, but it wasn’t enough to top E-40’s 1993 classic “Captain Save A Hoe.” E-40 gets the dub in this round. 

WINNER: E-40

Round 3: Too $hort feat. Lil’ Jon’s “Shake That Monkey” vs. E-40 feat. T-Pain & Kandi Girl’s “U and Dat”

“I walk into the room and tell all the b–ches what to do,” Too $hort said before going through his 2003 team-up with Lil’ Jon & The East Side Boyz, “Shake That Monkey.” Unfortunately for him, E-40 had a counter ready with his 2006 top 20 Hot 100 hit “U and Dat,” which got the party started in the Instagram chat room.  

WINNER: E-40

Round 4: Too $hort’s “Gettin’ It” vs. E-40 feat. Nate Dogg ‘s “Nah, Nah” 

The Bay Area legends spoke briefly on their time running around in the streets before going through their respective hustler anthems. Too $hort called on his 1996 Shorty B-produced inspirational record “Gettin’ It,” but you can’t deny Nate Dogg’s undeniable hook on 40’s classic “Nah, Nah.”  

WINNER: E-40

Round 5: Too $hort’s “Don’t Fight The Feelin'” vs. E-40 feat. B-Legit & Mac Shon’s “Sideways” 

One of the earliest rounds in this battle where it was hard to pick a winner. Both artists came out with bangers in “Sideways” and “Don’t Fight The Feelin,” but the point goes to 40 Water for his entertaining stage presence. 

WINNER: E-40

Round 6:  Too $hort’s “I’m A Player (Street Version)” vs. E-40 feat. Suga-T’s “Sprinkle Me” 

Too $hort made it cool to be a player in hip-hop when he made his debut in the late ’80s. There’s no song that better in that in his catalog than (the appropriately titled) “I’m A Player.” 

WINNER: Too $hort

Round 7: Wiz Khalifa feat. Too $hort’s “On My Level” vs. Luniz feat. Dru Down, E-40, Humpty Hump, Richie Rich, Shock G, and Spice 1’s “I Got 5 On It” (Remix) 

This round focused on features from these legendary rappers. Too $hort performed his verse off Wiz Khalifa’s “On My Level” but he admitted 40 killed him with his verse on the remix to Luniz’s all-time local anthem “I Got 5 On It.” 

WINNER: E-40

Round 8: Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz’s feat. Too $hort’s “Couldn’t Be a Better Player” vs. Lil Jon feat. E-40 & Sean P’s “Snap Yo Fingers” 

E-40 and Too $hort decided to show love to their frequent collaborator Lil’ Jon in this round. There’s no clear winner between “Snap Yo Fingers” and “Couldn’t Be a Better Player.” This round is split between the two rappers.  

WINNER: Tie 

Round 9: Too $hort’s “Call Her A Bitch” vs. E-40’s “Yay Area”

The Bay Area had a whole other nickname because of E-40’s “Yay Area.” This round goes to E-40 by default.  

WINNER: E-40  

Round 10:  Too $hort’s “Gangsters & Strippers” vs. E-40 feat. YG, IamSu! and Problem’s “Function”

Too $hort’s upbeat “Gangsters & Strippers” was a good pick, but E-40’s “Function” blew the roof off the show. The fans couldn’t contain themselves hearing the voices of YG, IamSu! and Problem just trying to function alongside E-40. 

WINNER: E-40

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