E-40 – “The D-Boy Diary Books 1 & 2” | Album Preview
“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
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.