Birthday: November 15, 1967
Fav Dish: Cheesesteak
Earl Stevens (born November 15, 1967) better known by his stage name E-40, is an American rapper, entrepreneur, and investor from Vallejo, California. He is a founding member of the rap group The Click, and the founder of Sick Wid It Records. He has released twenty-two studio albums to date, appeared on numerous movie soundtracks, and has also done guest appearances on a host of other rap albums.
Initially an underground artist, his 1995 solo album In a Major Way opened him up to a wider audience. Beginning in 1998, he began collaborating with more mainstream rappers outside of the Bay Area. He rose to even higher mainstream popularity in 2006 with his single “Tell Me When to Go” which was produced by Lil Jon.
Earl “E-40” Stevens graduated from Dr. James J. Hogan Senior High School in Vallejo, California on June 19, 1985.
In 2012, E-40 released three solo albums: The Block Brochure: Welcome to the Soil series 1, 2, and 3, and released a collaboration album with Too Short. The first single from the second Block Brochure album is “Function” featuring YG, Iamsu! & Problem. It peaked at #21 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart, #62 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, and #22 on the Rap Songs chart, becoming his most successful single in years.
The volumes include Snoop Dogg, Too Short, Kendrick Lamar, Juicy J, Tech N9ne, Twista, Brotha Lynch, Andre Nickatina, 2 Chainz, & T-Pain as guests. They each debuted at #’s 58, 59 & 72 on the Billboard 200, respectively, and the triple album box set that contains all three Block Brochure volumes debuted at #44. History: Function Music debuted at #63 on the 200, while Mob debuted at #72.
He made a cameo appearance in the music video for Young Jeezy’s song “R.I.P.” featuring 2 Chainz in March 2013, and was also featured on the song’s official “G-Mix” also featuring Snoop Dogg and Too Short.
It was revealed that the 4th, 5th and 6th editions of The Block Brochure would be released exactly one year after the release date of the first three volumes. However, there is no confirmed release date for the three albums, but the artwork for all three volumes and the triple album box set was released on June 12. On May 21, he released the first single from the three albums, “Ripped” featuring Lil Jon. On July 18, he premiered the second single “All My Niggaz” featuring Danny Brown and Schoolboy Q.
The song was released to iTunes on August 20, 2013. On August 26, the video for “Off the Block” featuring Stressmatic and J. Banks was released and confirmed to be on the album. On Facebook E-40 has announced that his new albums, The Block Brochure Parts 4, 5, 6 will be released on 12/10/13.
On December 9, 2014, E-40 released Sharp On All 4 Corners: Corner 1 and Sharp On All 4 Corners: Corner 2. The single “Choices (Yup)” charted at number 125 on Billboard and number 43 on r&b/hip-hop chart late summer 2015 and was certified Gold by the RIAA May 9, 2016.
On December 4, 2015, E-40 collabed with G-Eazy new album “When It’s Dark Out” on the song “Nothing to Me”
In Lecrae’s latest album, Church Clothes 3, he is featured on a track called “Can’t Do You”.
In addition to his career as a musician, E-40 is an entrepreneur and investor who has ventured into other business and investment opportunities. He invested in Microsoft, but he said that he should have invested in Apple.
Along with former NFL player Chester McGlockton, E-40 opened a Fatburger franchise in Pleasant Hill, California, which has now been shut down. E-40 recently authored the book, E-40’s Book of Slang to be published by Warner Books. He is also a spokesperson for Landy Cognac, and he opened the now-defunct Ambassador’s Lounge, a nightclub in Downtown San Jose.
On Nov 16th, 2007 it was announced that Stevens signed a franchise agreement with Wingstop Restaurants, Inc. and will open one in Southampton shopping center located in Benicia, California. “I was introduced to Wingstop in Dallas and as soon as I tasted the wings I was hooked. I love the food,” said Stevens. “I chose to open in the Bay Area because this is the soil where I was born and raised, and I still live here to this day. People here are going to love these things.”
In late 2007, E-40 announced a new line of energy drinks called “40 Water. “And, has a number of other ventures in the beverage industry, including the wine industry, where he’s released three wines including a red blend called “Function,” a moscato and high-alcohol fortified wine called “Mangoscato.” The wines are branded using the rapper’s name “Earl Stevens”. In December 2014, he released a premixed cocktail beverage called Sluricane Hurricane, inspired by the 1995 hit song “Hurricane” from his group The Click.
In December 2015, E-40 released a line of beer called “E-40”, available in 24 oz. cans and 40 oz. glass bottles