Genres: Urban
Tags: rap hip-hop hyphy bay area hip hop west coast rap west coast Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1990s 2000s
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Earl Stevens, 15 November 1967, Vallejo, California, USA. Considered a natural successor to Too $hort’s reductionist thematic with his glorification of the ‘player’ hip-hop lifestyle, E-40 started his own independent label, Sick Wid It Records, in the Bay area of San Francisco in 1990. Working with his brothers and sisters as part of the Click, an underground sensation on the streets of Vallejo. E-40 released records with the Click, including 1993’s Down And Dirty and 1995’s Game Related, and as a solo artist. He enjoyed immediate success with records such as ‘Captain Save-a-Ho’, ‘Sprinkle Me’ and ‘Ballin’ Out Of Control’, which all featured his trademark stop-start delivery and the inclusion of heavy regional slang such as ‘scrilla’ (money) and ‘broccoli’ (marijuana).

By 1995, and In A Major Way (which included ‘Sprinkle Me’), Stevens had signed a major...

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