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Music, Flight of Issue: How E-40's Heir Veered From the Family Line

Flight of Issue: How E-40's Heir Veered From the Family Line

Emari Stevens came from one of the few Bay Area families that could be called a hip-hop dynasty. His father, Earl Stevens, is better known as E-40, a local emcee who has sustained a 30-year string of radio hits. Scattered…
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Music, Hear This Yay Area Grammar

Yay Area Grammar

Rapper Nelly has won Grammys, sold millions of albums, and put St. Louis on the international rap map. Interestingly, he has spoken about the influence of Bay Area hip-hop — and particularly tongue-twisting wordsmith E-40 — since the beginning. 40…
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Music, Reviewed


Somewhat underappreciated in the rise of the hyphy movement has been the contributions of local producers to the sound; when Lil Jon helmed E-40's "Tell Me When to Go," many Baydestrians felt the King of Crunk stole a stylistic page…
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Listen Up, Listen Up Feature My Name Is Earl

My Name Is Earl

Earl Stevens II is E-40, except when he's not. Sometimes they call him Dr. Scrill or E-Feezy or Forty Water. Pimpy E was his first alias, the one he took in seventh grade. There is also E-40 Fonzarelli (later upgraded…
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Music, Reviewed The Sick Wid It Umbrella/Various Artists

The Sick Wid It Umbrella/Various Artists

An organization is only as strong as its leader, and with E-40 -- one of the bay's most influential rappers -- at the helm of the Sick Wid It Umbrella, it's safe to expect greatness. It's no surprise, then, that…
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