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In A Major Way

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Intro
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Chip In Da Phone
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Da Bumble
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Sideways
Artist: E-40 featuring B-Legit of The Click and Mac Shon of the Funk Mobb
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Spittin'
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Sprinkle Me
Artist: E-40 feat. Suga-T
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Outta Bounds
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Dusted 'N' Disgusted
Artist: E-40 featuring 2Pac, Mac Mall and Spice 1
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1-Luv
Artist: E-40 featuring Leviti
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Smoke 'N' Drank
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Dey Ain't No
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Fed
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H.I. Double L.
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Bootsee
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It's All Bad
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Outro
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Total Tracks: 16   Total Length: 58:37

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06.30.09
A Bay Area stylist announces a funnier, flyer era of West Coast hip-hop
2095 | Label: Jive

There are few rappers as idiomatic and iconoclastic as E-40. Godfather of the Bay Area rap scene and a genuine slang innovator, Vallejo's 40 Water lords over tracks with his harrumphing, halting flow — he enunciates as if defying preconceptions about rappers' mumbling, fumbling ways with the English language. In A Major Way is considered his commercial breakthrough, but as the Bay's national relevance ebbs and flows, it remains a rarely namedropped document. It's a… read more »

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One of E-40′s best albums — and along with Tha Hall of Game (1996), perhaps his best overall — In a Major Way features the Bay Area rapper early in his career, when he was at his most inspired and focused. His previous solo releases (Federal, 1993; The Mail Man, 1993), as well as his work with the Click (Down and Dirty, 1994), had been formative and low-budget, released independently by his Sick Wid’ It label in association with a regional distributor. Sure, some of that prior work was great, particularly The Mail Man and its breakout hit, “Captain Save a Hoe,” but none of it compares to In a Major Way in terms of scale and consistency. Over the course of 16 tracks, E-40 collaborates with his Sick Wid’ It stable of producers (Studio Ton, Mike Mosley, Sam Bostic) and rappers (B-Legit, Suga T, Celly Cel), along with outside talent. Newcomer Funk Daddy produces three tracks, including the standout “Sideways,” while up-and-coming Bay Area rappers 2Pac, Mac Mall, and Spice 1 team up for another standout, “Dusted ‘n’ Disgusted.” Besides these two standouts, highlights of In a Major Way include a pair of hit singles (“1-Luv,” “Sprinkle Me”) that broke into the Billboard Hot 100, plus “Da Bumble.” In a Major Way does have its shortcomings, chief among them the production, which still sounds low-budget, if improved from prior releases. E-40 made the most of what he had to work with at the time, though, and for a mostly in-house album, In a Major Way is an impressive showcase of the talent at hand. E-40′s raps would improve over the years, as would his production stable and his recording budget, yet few albums in his catalog rival In a Major Way, which track-for-track is remarkably solid and thoroughly entertaining. – Jason Birchmeier

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