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E-40

Synonymous with Bay Area rap, E-40 garnered a regional following, and eventually a national one, with his flamboyant raps, while his entrepreneurial spirit, embodied by his homegrown record label, Sick Wid' It Records, did much to cultivate a flourishing rap scene to the east of San Francisco Bay, in communities such as Oakland and his native Vallejo. Along with Too Short, Spice 1, and Ant Banks, E-40 was among the first Bay Area rappers to sign to a major label, penning a deal with Jive Records in 1994. They'd spent years releasing music independently, going back as far as 1990 when Sick wid' It released Let's Side, a four-track EP by the Click, a group comprised of E-40, his cousin B-Legit, his brother D-Shot, and his sister Suga T. Throughout the '90s and into the early 2000s, E-40 and his Sick wid' It associates released a series of albums on Jive, and though they weren't big sellers nationally, they were well received regionally and proved highly influential, not only on the West Coast but also in the South, thanks in part to Master P, who began his No Limit Records empire in the Bay Area (i.e., Richmond) in the early to mid-'90s before relocating to New Orleans. E-40's ties to the South became more direct in the mid-2000s, when, upon the expiration of his deal with Jive, he partnered with Atlanta rapper/producer Lil Jon and his BME Recordings label, in association with Warner Bros. The first album to be released as part of this partnership, My Ghetto Report Card (2006), was E-40's most successful in years. Concurrently, the Bay Area rap scene, with its so-called hyphy style, was growing in popularity nationally, and there was no bigger champion of the Bay and its style than E-40, whose innumerable guest features helped foster the scene and whose son, producer Droop-E, had grown to become one of hyphy's foremost practitioners.

Born Earl Stevens on November 15, 1967, in Vallejo, California, E-40 made his rap debut in 1990 on Let's Side, the aforementioned four-track EP by the Click. The EP was co-produced by Mike Mosley and Al Eaton. In 1993 E-40 made his solo album debut, Federal, a nine-track LP/14-track CD produced by Studio Ton and released by Sick Wid' It in association with SMG (Solar Music Group), a regional distributor. Then in 1994, on the strength of the regionally popular independently released single "Captain Save a Hoe" (aka "Captain Save 'Em Thoe") from the six-track Mail Man EP, E-40 signed a recording contract with Jive Records, the home of Bay Area pioneer Too Short since 1987. Jive re-released "Captain Save a Hoe" on 12" and also re-released the Mail Man EP, adding two bonus tracks; all the songs on the EP, including "Captain Save a Hoe," were produced by Studio Ton, except one of the bonus tracks, "Ballin' Out of Control," which was produced by Mike Mosley and Sam Bostic. In 1995 Jive released four E-40 albums: a re-release of Down and Dirty, a 1994 album by the Click; Game Related, a newly recorded album by the Click; a reconfigured version of Federal, his 1993 solo debut; and In a Major Way, a newly recorded album produced by Studio Ton, Mike Mosley/Sam Bostic, and Funk Daddy. Of these numerous releases, In a Major Way proved E-40's breakthrough; featuring a collaboration with fellow Bay Area hardcore rappers 2Pac, Mac Mall, and Spice 1, "Dusted 'n' Disgusted," in addition to several songs that would also become fan favorites ("Da Bumble," "Sideways," "Sprinkle Me," "1-Luv"), the album was very well received regionally and took the rapper's career to a new level of respectability.

Beginning with Tha Hall of Game (1996), E-40 released six additional solo albums on Jive -- The Element of Surprise (1998), Charlie Hustle: The Blueprint of a Self-Made Millionaire (1999), Loyalty and Betrayal (2000), Grit & Grind (2002), Breakin News (2003) -- plus one further album by the Click, Money & Muscle (2001). Over the course of these albums, E-40 maintained his regional following and picked up additional fans nationally, yet he never did break into the mainstream. Besides "Captain Save a Hoe," only two of his Jive singles ever charted on the Billboard Hot 100 ("1-Luv," 1995; "Things'll Never Change," 1996), and following his initial burst of popularity from 1994 to 1996, his sales generally declined from one album to the next. E-40's career isn't well measured by chart hits and album sales, though, for he more or less remained an underground rapper, albeit one with a major-label contract, working almost exclusively with an inner circle of Bay Area rappers and producers. His long list of guest features is representative of his popularity (not to mention his generosity), as practically every regional act sought his presence. A guest feature by E-40 gave an unknown West Coast rapper instant credibility, even if it didn't amount to a national hit. During the late '90s, E-40 also began being featured as a guest on Southern rap albums (for example, appearing on 8ball's Lost, Master P's MP da Last Don, and Scarface's My Homies in 1998 alone).

E-40's ties to the South became most clear in 2006, after the expiration of his contract with Jive, when he partnered with Lil Jon and his BME Recordings label for My Ghetto Report Card, released in association with Warner Bros. The album -- featuring production from Lil Jon as well as Bay Area beatmakers Droop-E, Rick Rock, Studio Ton, and Bosko -- was E-40's most successful in years, arguably since Tha Hall of Game (1996) or even In a Major Way (1995), and it marked his return to the Billboard Hot 100 for the first time in a decade, with a pair of impressively charting singles: "Tell Me When to Go," featuring Keak da Sneak (number 35), and "U and Dat," featuring T-Pain (number 13). His 2008 effort The Ball Street Journal featured the Lil Jon production “Break Ya Ankles" as its lead single, followed by the Akon feature “Wake It Up.” Two years later he returned with the ambitious Revenue Retrievin' project, a double album split into two separate releases. The Day Shift version featured the more street-oriented cuts while the Night Shift version was filled with club tracks. The project turned into a quadrilogy in 2011 with the simultaneous release of his 13th (the varied Revenue Retrievin': Overtime Shift) and 14th (the very dark Revenue Retrievin': Graveyard Shift) albums. A year later he would return with another batch of releases, this time divided into three single discs titled The Block Brochure: Welcome to the Soil, Pt. 1, 2, and 3. The year 2014 saw the launch of a four-part album as Sharp on All 4 Corners: Corner 1 and Corner 2 landed, while Sharp on All 4 Corners: Corner 3 and Corner 4 were scheduled for 2015. ~ Jason Birchmeier
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Revenue Retrievin: Overtime Shift (Explicit)

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Track List: Revenue Retrievin' (Day Shift) (Explicit)

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Track List: The Ball Street Journal (Explicit)

1. The Ambassador

2. I'm On One

3. Break Ya Ankles

4. Got Rich Twice

5. Pain No More

6. Tell It Like It Is

7. Give Her The Keys

8. Hustle

9. Wake It Up

10. 40 Water

11. Poor Man's Hydraulics

12. The Recipe

13. Hood Boy

14. Earl

15. Sliding Down The Pole

16. I Can Sell It

17. Big Time

18. Alcoholism

19. Pray For Me

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Track List: My Ghetto Report Card (Explicit)

1. Yay Area

2. Tell Me When To Go

3. Muscle Cars

4. Go Hard Or Go Home

5. Gouda

6. Sic Wid It II

7. JB Stomp Down

8. They Might Be Taping

9. Do Ya Head Like This

10. Black Boi

11. White Gurl

12. GetTheF***On.com Part I

13. U And Dat

14. I'm Da Man

15. Yee

16. GetTheF***On.com Part II

17. Just F****in

18. Gimme H****

19. She Say She Loves Me

20. Happy To Be Here

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Track List: The Best Of E-40: Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow (Explicit)

1. Intro

2. Da Bumble

3. Flashin'

4. Zoom

6. Carlos Rossi

7. Rapper's Ball

9. Hope I Don't Go Back

10. Sprinkle Me

11. Automatic

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Track List: Breakin News (Explicit)

1. Breakin News

2. Hot

4. Quarterbackin'

5. Married To The Ave

7. I Hope U Get This Kite

12. This Goes Out

14. That's A Good Look 4 U

15. If If Was A 5th

17. Pharmaceutical Outro

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Track List: Grit And Grind (Explicit)

1. Why They Don't F**k Wit Us

2. The Slap

3. Automatic

4. Rep Yo City

5. It's All Gravity

6. 7 Much

8. Mustard And Mayonnaise

9. My Cup

10. Whomp Whomp

11. LIfestyles

12. 'Til The Dawn

13. End Of The World

14. It's A Man's Game

16. Pimps, Hustlas

17. Fallin' Rain

18. Roll On

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Track List: Loyalty And Betrayal

1. Intro

2. Loyalty And Betrayal

3. Lace Me Up

4. Ya Blind

5. Sinister Mob

6. N**ga S**t

7. Nah, Nah...

8. Pop Ya Collar

9. Record Company (Skit)

10. To Whom This May Concern

11. Like A Jungle

12. Behind Gates

13. Doin' The Fool

14. Flamboastin'

15. It's Pimpin'

16. Clown Wit It

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Track List: In A Major Way (Explicit)

1. Intro

2. Chip In Da Phone

3. Da Bumble

5. Spittin'

6. Sprinkle Me

7. Outta Bounds

10. Smoke 'n' Drank

11. Dey Ain't No

14. Bootsee

15. It's All Bad

16. Outro

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Track List: Federal (Explicit)

1. Drought Season

2. Rat Heads

3. Federal

4. Outsmart The Po Po's

5. Hide 'N' Seek

6. Let Him Have It

7. Questions

8. Extra Manish

9. Carlos Rossi

10. Nuttin A** N**ga

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Track List: Choices (Yup) (Single) (Explicit)

1. Choices (Yup)

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Track List: Episode (Single) (Explicit)

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Track List: Get Rich Twice (Radio Single) (Explicit)

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Track List: Off The Block (Single)

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Track List: Pablo (Single)

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Track List: Poverty And Prosperity (Explicit)

1. Magazine Street (Feat. Park Ave.)

2. I'm Serious (Feat. Park Ave.)

3. Gamed Up (Feat. Rayven Justice)

4. God Take Care Of Babies & Fools (Feat. B-Legit & Work Dirty)

5. The Way I Was Raised (Feat. Mike Marshall)

6. Appreciation (Feat. Bosko)

7. The End (Feat. Krizz Kaliko)

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Track List: Red Cup (Feat. T-Pain, Kid Ink & B.O.B) (Single) (Explicit)

1. Red Cup (Feat. T-Pain, Kid Ink & B.O.B)

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Track List: Sharp On All 4 Corners (Deluxe Edition) (Explicit)

1. Programmin

2. Can't F**k With Me

3. Money Sack (Feat. Lil Boosie)

4. Red Cup (Feat. T-Pain, Kid Ink & B.O.B)

5. Knockin' At The Light

6. Choices (Yup)

7. Three Jobs

10. 2 Fingers (Feat. Adrian Marcel)

11. Playa (Feat. VT)

16. That's Right (Feat. Ty Dolla $ign)

17. Bass Rocks

18. Sellin' Dope Ain't Fun (Feat. Mack 10)

19. Real N**ga (Feat. Kirko Bangz)

20. Quit Hatin'

21. Heavy In The Game (Feat. B-Legit)

22. Bout' To Pour Up

25. Real Game For A Player

28. Give Me Love

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If u gon ride n**ga RIDE!!! Ya feel??? Ughhhhh!
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My favorite rapper since he was with the Click he is so tight to me and I love his trade mark. Ughhhh! :) 40 Water my Playa Potna!!!
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Yeah boiii...
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I love this song
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Dead at n**gaz made from polyester
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Yeaaahhh
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Cause everyday you're at the mall!! this song is the s**t fk all the haters
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E40 is a great rapper Thomasville you suck a dick fool
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E-40 sux dick
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Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will be injured (but you won't die) in two days. Now you started reading this so don't stop. Post this on at least 5 songs in the next 143 minutes. When you're done, press space and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letter. This is so scary because it actually worksLeave a comment...
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Top of the line wine
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The bay yay area
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Been there done that! From the block Mac block ! Born n raised from Bay Area hay ! I'm be me do wat I got do ! Stacking stay in it to win it !
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From the bay born n raised from hurst came up destiny
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E-40 almost 50 years old
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How come in Saved when he raps he sounds like Obama?
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How do I thumbs down an artist... The comment below mine ����������
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Do you like this song... NOPE!!! Bout to skip... YUP!!!
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ever told on uh n**ga? NOPE!! so free me!!
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SPRINKLE ME THIS SONG STILL THE S**T NEVER GETS OLD LOVE IT *.~
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F***k him
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Stay tru 2 ur SELF 4 - 0.
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f**k yea..
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E40 is my uncle
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Good song
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His song Zombie is awesome
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GO E-40
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SUCK SO BAD
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Man 40 u save my life man in these street in the dirty D man on July 8 when u had a contact at Chan park man I owe u my life man
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Ysln
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My lil grimey nicca! He's a floater!
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How da fuq did i go to king lil g to e-40
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Text..(617)8 2 9 - 3 5 1 2 (fritzchemsh o p @ g m a i l . c o m )
We sell weed strains like white widow,
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Help in pain relief and cancer.
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Everybody hot vhoicrs. See how many skonkas can run thru.. HAHA
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One of the best all time
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One of my favorite rapper
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U my favorite rap artist
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My n**ga u the s**t to me
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This is the only CD weda loka had in her car when she first got out earlier this year then she met me her in the 206 and now she is pregnant with twins on bed rest wow has she come a far far way and has much to go



Get back to you soon about weda lokas
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choices it is my jam of all time by e-40 my favorite bay area rapper his music has really great meanings too his music
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40 water..... you make me water!!!!!
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Love 40
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Baby Tony this dedicated to you from sweetcakes e fourty is well respected keep up the good work.
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Love'm leave'm forgotten!!! Back in dayZ s**t!!!
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Shiiit... I grew up on it! Hip Hop grew up on 40 water. The Lingo King.
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1-luv it is my jam of all time it came out in 1995
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E40 bending corners jams u no....rugger wont Studdard will put u under the cover ...WEST WEST
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Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of you life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lover's name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works!
Don't read this because it actually works
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French really ruined this s**t
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