Three Decades Into His Illustrious, Prolific Rap Career: E-40 Prepares To Drop New Two Album Set: "The D-Boy Diary Books 1 & 2"

Posted by Billyjam, October 5, 2016 04:35pm | Post a Comment

E-40 has enjoyed an illustrious, prolific career (mostly as a solo artist) since embarking on his unique rap career in the latter half of the 1980's with family group MVP who would soon after morph into The Click featuring fellow members B-Legit, D-Shot, and Suga T . And that long-running successful career of the artist / entrepreneur born Earl Stevens (also the name of his popular wine brand) shows no sign of slowing down. On November 18th E-40 will drop his latest solo project: the two album set The D-Boy Diary Books 1 & 2 (scroll down for complete track listing).
This upcoming E-40 release will unleash over forty new tracks and feature guest spots from such (mostly Cali) collaborators as G-Eazy, Stresmatic, Gucci Mane, Lil B, Nef The Pharaoh, Droop-E, Jay Rock, Kid Ink, B-Legit, Mistah F.A.B., Casey Veggies Husalah, Turf Talk, Ricco Barrino, and Joe Mo. The follow-up to his last two-part release in December 2014: the dual albums Sharp On All 4 Corners: Corner 1  and Sharp On All 4 Corners: Corner 2 these upcoming new pair of albums from "Forty Wata" will bring his total number of solo album project releases to 27 albums! Add to that his recordings with The Click such as their now legendary Down and Dirty CD that was re-released by Sony Classics,  and all the compilations he's appeared on plus the countless cameos he's made on so many other artists albums, and you have one mind boggling back catalog! Not bad for an artist who, when he first started out his rap career, was written off by most hip-hop elitists who could not get with his most unusual rapid fire lyrical flow.
As for the new album's content E-40 says of his upcoming two-part release, "What's happening at this point in my career defies logic. I still spit the realest and rawest shit of anyone in the rap game right now. The D-Boy Diary will lace the unlaced, will tutor the truant--it's a guidebook for a street life." To be released in regular and DeLuxe versions, the new two-part release will feature the two previously released singles "Slappin'" and "Petty (feat. Kamaiyaha)" in the deluxe version.Like fellow Bay Area rap veteran Too $hort, with whom he's collaborated many times including on the 2012 album History: Mob Music, E-40 defies is another anomaly in the notoriously fickle rap world where careers are lucky to last past a couple of hit albums, the artist displays unusual longevity. While most artists begin their careers with a bang and then trail off, both 40 and $hort somehow continue to beat the odds and get more popular with time. In May of this year for example the RIAA certified his 2015 national hit single "Choices" as a Gold Record. And already the aforementioned single "Slappin' (feat. Nef The Pharaoh and D.R.A.M.)" has garnered over 1.1 million views on its official YouTube channel. See the "Slappin'" video below along with some other classics from E-40's long and illustrious career plus the full track listing for the two new albums. And be sure to pick up the two new E-40 albums when they arrive into Amoeba Music next month on November 18th, 2016.

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Tell Me When To Vote: The E-40, Bernie Sanders, Golden State Warriors Connection + Bernie Wata's Top Five E-40 Covers

Posted by Billyjam, May 31, 2016 02:20pm | Post a Comment
It's not often that E-40's name is linked to that of Bernie Sanders. Maybe with fellow Bay rapper Berner, wtih whom he's recorded, but not Bernie the Senator from Vermont  who is running for Democratic nomination for President of the United States.  And in the case of Bernie, his name might be linked with another hip-hopper, Run The Jewels' Killer Mike who is a big supporter, but not E-40 the Vallejo rapper/savvy businessman.

But in local Bay Area news reports this morning both the Vallejo rapper and the Democratic presidential primary candidate's names got equal top billing in stories on the Golden State Warriors victorious win last night. Each basketball fans, both the rapper and the politician were in attendance at Oakland's Oracle Arena for last night's exciting game where, following their 96-88 win, the Warriors won the NBA Conference Finals against Oklahoma City Thunder 4-3. As well as reporting on the Warriors improbable win following the home team been down 3-1, local Bay Area news outlets reported on both E-40 and Bernie Sanders been among those in attendance at the crucial game.

Sanders, who is busy campaigning in California this week with a stop in Emeryville today, had two big events in Oakland yesterday including a packed rally outside Oakland City Hall, where the Secret Service jumped in to defend him when protesters hopped the barriers and bum rushed the podium. But even after his stressful busy day Sanders still had energy left to attend the Warriors game. Meanwhile E-40 is a longtime diehard basketball fan, especially the Warriors.

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1995 African American Youth Town Hall Meeting in San Jose with Youth Speakers, City Officials, guests E-40, JT, & Herm Lewis

Posted by Billyjam, February 12, 2016 07:45am | Post a Comment

"Brothas and sistas...The time is now" read a flyer for the February 1995 African American youth town hall meeting in San Jose that was called in response to rising concern within the community over varying issues (see flyer above). Hosted by Davey D (then of KMEL) the town hall meeting, that included city officials and youth speakers, took place at the South Bay city's Emmanuel Baptist Church. The event also featured  Bay Area hip-hop artists E-40, JT The Bigga Figga, and Herm Lewis who were invited as guest speakers. At the time of the event, E-40's single "One Luv" had been out a few weeks. The Vallejo gamespitter's anticipated second solo album, that included the lead single, In a Major Way (Sick WId It/Jive) would drop a few weeks later on March 14th, 1995.  The sequel to 1993's Federal, the new E-40 album would also feature such standout tracks as the second single "Sprinkle Me" featuring his sister Suga T, and Bay Area rap posse track "Dusted 'n' Disgusted" with 2Pac, Mac Mall, and Spice 1 all making cameos.  Meanwhile, JT The Bigga Figga was winding up the recording of his third album, Dwellin' in tha Labb, which he fully produced, that would be released in October of that year on his Get Low Recordz, Priority Records, and Straight Out Tha Labb Entertainment.

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Hip-Hop History Tuesdays: Amoeblog Interview With Andre Barefield: Publisher of The Booty Crack magazine (1994 - 2002)

Posted by Billyjam, December 15, 2015 07:07am | Post a Comment

Understandably, the imagery alone of bygone Bay Area-published magazine The Booty Crack scared away some potential readers.That minority of readers mistakenly deemed the envelope-pushing magazine as just too plain "ignant" for their tastes. The rapzine's in-your-face editorial style, raw street language, and no-holds barred content was an affront to their sensibilities, and the expectations of what a hip-hop magazine should be.

Simply put, The Booty Crack was unlike any other hip-hop magazine up until that point in time. It was at the beginning of 1994 when San Jose A&R man-turned-publisher Andre Barefield put out the first issue of the controversial but popular, game-changing magazine. At that time there was a wide choice in the ever-growing field of hip-hop publishing. There were many magazines on newsstands and at record stores that covered hip-hop music as well as various aspects of the culture and interrelated topics too (b-boying, graffiti, sports and sneaker fashion, etc.). There were regional zines like The BOMB hip-hop magazine out of San Francisco and The Flavor out of Seattle. Then, of course, there were the more widely distributed national ones like the Source, Rap Pages, and Rap Sheet. The latter's tabloid newspaper style was a format shared by The Booty Crack. But all similarities between The Booty Crack, Rap Sheet, and those other hip-hop magazines ended there.

While most rap writers and hip-hop magazines at the time fawned over their subjects, The Booty Crack talked shit on them and everyone else they covered in their avidly read pages. In fact, The Booty Crack went beyond just music. It was a hip-hop themed but also about the people and the culture surrounding it - and not always the prettiest parts. Pioneering its own brand of confrontational journalism, The Booty Crack was fearless in what it published. Long before the shaming era of the internet age, The Booty Crack was shaming and calling out people publicly in its Buster of the Month and its Nympho Info columns. As a result they landed in many lawsuits with the unhappy subjects of these columns.  Naturally, those not targeted in these printed attacks loved reading these exposes about others.

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Hip-Hop History Tuesdays: Saint Charles' Solar Music Group (SMG) Promoted Nephew E-40's Mr. Flamboyant on Sick Wid' It

Posted by Billyjam, October 13, 2015 11:23pm | Post a Comment

Back in '91 the above promo one sheet was mailed out to rap radio programmers like myself along with the E-40 and The Click promotional record featuring a radio version of E-40's "Mr. Flamboyant" EP. It was the introduction of radio to the "hot rap group" from Vallejo who would enjoy much success in that decade. The promo items were sent by E-40's uncle Saint Charles who, early on in his career, helped him and his family group The Click get their music out via his regional distributor / promotions company SMG (Solar Music Group). And boy did SMG have all areas of promo locked down as clearly outlined by their letterhead that boasted nationwide promotions "on the streets, in the ghettos, at the parties, in the clubs" as well "in the hood" and at college campuses, distributors, and retailers. The company had it lcovered and 40's uncle was instrumental in getting the rapper and Sick Wid' It Records on the map. In this case it was for the 12" pressing that had the radio version of "Mr. Flamboyant" (as distinct from the dirty "street" version of the song found on the cassette release). ["Mr. Flamboyant" also appeared on The Click album Down & Dirty.]

To assist in finding the song, Saint Charles circled the title on the label with a black sharpie pen - just to ensure no one would miss it. Also on the EP were the tracks "Tanji," "Club Hoppin," and "Shut It Down." Released on Sick Wid' It Records the EP was distributed by Rushforce Records who had in 1988 released the pre-Click lineup M.V.P.  By the time of this Sick WId' It release E-40 solo and the Click as a group had been releasing records and tapes on Sick Wid' It but soonafter each other member of the family crew would drop solo releases including Forty Wata's (and D-Shot's) sister Suga T who, in March 1993 on Sick Wid' It, would release her solo debut It's All Good.

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