By Jack Barnes
Few emcees have managed to stay relevant as long as E-40, still racking up hits in his fourth decade making rap music. Joining three generations of rap stars with a slinky slapper, E-40 recounts his origins on “Straight Out The Dirt,” digging deep into his family history: “My granddaddy helped build the Carquinez Bridge/Gave my grandmama eleven kids/A gallon of milk and some eggs in the fridge/A pack of Top Ramen some bread and some grits.” Recruiting Memphis rap icon Yo Gotti and Baton Rouge riser YoungBoy Never Broke Again, who was still five years away from birth when E-40 made his 1994 debut in the Billboard 200, E-40 stunts in front of a massive pile of soil in the stunt-happy, literal-minded music video. Released last summer, “Straight Out The Dirt” is a harbinger for a huge 2018 for E-40, as he prepares his 26th studio album. Enjoy this video stream below after the jump.
In 2016, E-40 landed three new albums on the Billboard 200 simultaneously with The D-Boy Rap Diary Books 1 & 2 and the 44-track D-Boy Diary: Deluxe Edition. All three also placed in the top 20 of Billboard’s Indie and R&B/Hip-
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