E-40 Is The Focal Point Of A New Jam By Ya Boy, Droop-E & Earl Himself (Audio)

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Like UGK and Three 6 Mafia, E-40 is a major influence on the artists of today. The slangistical Vallejo vocalist has nearly 30 years in the game, changing his beats with the times, all while being committed to dazzling raps. Re-popularized through the likes of DJ Mustard and YG, Game, and even Big Sean, 40 Water stays strong into a highly-prolific, incessant independent career, a decade after leaving Jive Records.

“Earl Stevens” is led by emerging artist Ya Boy Rich Rocka (a/k/a Ya Boy, the longtime Akon/Game affiliate from San Francisco). The song surrounds itself, on the surface, with a “Carlos Rossi”-styled Rap ad of E-40’s new Moscato line. However, when the namesake and “40, Jr.” Droop-E hop on the track, it appears to double as an ode to a stylistic forefather to so much of what’s going on today.

Although 40 has three gold, and one platinum albums in his portfolio, could you imagine his popularity (that seemingly eluded him in the early ’90s national mainstream) if he was a new artist today?

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