E-40 Announces Double Album The D-Boy Diary Books 1 & 2, Out November 18th
With 44 New Songs, The Legendary Rapper’s Work Ethic and Longevity is Unmatched
“Whoever you are, and whatever your low-grade malaise, E-40 is here to banish it. The Bay Area rap forefather is a human exclamation point, a superhero whose power is remaining helplessly in love with his work. E-40 works harder and more joyfully at making great rap music than you or I have ever worked on anything” – Pitchfork
“The Bay Area’s ambassador E-40 is one of those rare veterans in hip-hop that gets better with time.” – Complex
The Announcement: Rhyming with spectacular vernacular and still making hits nearly four decades into his rap career, each release by Vallejo, California’s E-40 further cements his status as a Hip-Hop legend. Today, E-40 announces that The D-Boy Diary: Books 1 & 2, his 26th and 27th solo releases, will hit the streets on November 18th. With 42 tracks spread across two albums, with previously released singles “Slappin'” and “Petty” included as bonus tracks in the digital deluxe version, The D-Boy Diary is an epic and engaging listen, packed with quotable lines, mindbending flows, and irresistible delivery from Forty Water. Featuring appearances from Gucci Mane, Lil B, G-Eazy, Nef The Pharaoh, Droop-E, Jay Rock, Kid Ink, B-Legit, Mistah F.A.B., Mozzy, K Camp, Ezale, Jay 305, Kent Jones, Eric Bellinger, Casey Veggies, AD, Husalah, Turf Talk, Ricco Barrino, Joe Moses, and more, The D-Boy Diary is a testament to 40’s stature and longevity in the notoriously volatile rap game.
Explains E-40: “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.”
Well into his third decade as a rap hitmaker, E-40 added another career milestone in May when the RIAA certified his 2015 single “Choices” as a Gold Record. “Choices,” a national smash hit, is another in a long list of Gold and Platinum-certified records by the rapper. Earlier this year, 40 released bass-heavy banger “Slappin’,” featuring Nef The Pharaoh and D.R.A.M., which earned over 1.1 million views on the official YouTube video, and graced the airwaves with “Petty,” featuring Kamaiyah, one of the Bay Area’s brightest rising stars. In addition to his career in show business, E-40 is a respected entrepreneur in the adult beverage industry. Named after 40 Water’s government name, Earl Stevens Selections distributes high-quality wine to stores across the country. He has made inroads into the pre-mixed cocktail business with Sluricane. In 2015, E-40 released an eponymous brand of 40-oz. malt liquor. Killing the game as a rapper and as an entrepreneur, The D-Boy Diary will continue 40’s unprecedented career hot streak, satisfying old fans and winning new followers.
If you live in the New York area, you can catch E-40 at Webster Hall on November 12th. Tix here:
Book 1 Stack it to the Ceiling Straight To The Point (ft. Ezale and G-Eazy) Savage (ft. Jazze Pha and B-Legit) Puttin’ in Work Mr. Arm and Hammer (ft. Stresmatic) Hunedz (ft. Rick Rock) Fired Up (ft. Cousin Fik) Bag On Me (ft. K.D. Stunts) Say So (ft. iStevie) Stay Away (ft. Eric Bellinger) Somebody (ft. Ricco Barrino) All Day (ft. Gucci Mane) The Grit Don’t Quit (ft. Nef The Pharaoh) Fake Lit (ft. June Onna Beat) Goon Music (ft. Stresmatic) Gangsta Song (ft. Kent Jones) Blessed By The Game We Flip (ft. Cousin Fik, Choose Up Cheese and Stresmatic) I Had It In a Drought (ft. Stresmatic) Check (ft. Willy Will) Made It Out (ft. Young Chu)
Book 2 Bring Back The Sideshow (ft. Mistah F.A.B. and Nef The Pharaoh) Money (ft. Mozzy and Jay Rock) This Goin’ Up (ft. Husalah and Turf Talk) On One (ft. AD) Get Money or Get Lost Highway (ft. B-Legit and TreSolid) Sick Out Here (ft. Droop-E) Thank U (ft. Willy Will) Military Time (ft. Salsalino and Baby Treeze) Uh Huh (ft. YV) 2 Seater (ft. Kid Ink) What It’s Gone Be (ft. D-Day and Tamoya Bell) How Do U Like That I Know a Guy All I Know (ft. K Camp and Casey Veggies) Waitin’ On a Play (ft. Nicamari) Tycoon Broke Bitches (ft. Joe Moses and Jay 305) Flash On These Bitches (ft. Lil B) Too Many Paid Off (ft. Stresmatic)
The Background: One of the most celebrated rappers of all time, E-40 has attained legendary status in hip-hop. Since making his debut with The Click almost 30 years ago and becoming one of the first West Coast rap artists to sign to a major label, his name has become synonymous with the independent music movement. E-40 has released 24 solo albums, become a platinum recording artist and collaborated with artists including Tupac, UGK, and Snoop Dogg. At age 48, E-40 is an anomaly in hip-hop, maintaining his relevance over a career that spans three decades. In the past few years alone, he’s been featured on several Billboard charts (“Choices,” Big Sean’s “IDFWU”, Ty Dolla $ign’s “Saved”), he’s earned an RIAA-certified Gold plaque (“Choices”) and starred and had his 2006 smash hit “Tell Me When to Go” featured in a Beats By Dre commercial. Says E-40, “What’s happening at this point in my career defies logic. Name another 48-year-old rapper with one Gold record, let alone three in the same year. My fans stretch much further than the Bay Area, further than just the West Coast. I brought so much shit to hip-hop. I’ve been relevant in each generation and each decade and I’ve done it as an independent artist.”
E-40’s success extends beyond the music industry, most notably through his entrepreneurship in the adult beverages industry. His wine business, Earl Stevens Selections, distributes high-quality wine to stores across the country. He has made inroads into the pre-mixed cocktail business with Sluricane, a signature bottled-mix named after his 1995 hit “Hurricane,” with The Click. In 2015, E-40 released an eponymous brand of 40-oz. malt liquor. E-40 is continuing his unprecedented longevity and success as an independent artist with his next album, scheduled for late 2016.