Bay Area legend E-40 stopped by the studios of Real 92.3 LA to talk about his career in hip-hop, memories of Tupac, his business ventures and more.
Fom Vallejo, California, E-40, real name Earl Stevens, made his debut in 1986 on The Click’s ‘Let’s Side’ EP. Since then he has gone on to release close to thirty studio albums. Having featured on numerous artists projects including Outlawz, Snoop Dogg and The Game, as a result, he’s respected by the hip-hop community.
The interview started with hosts Bootleg Kev and DJ Hed talking about E-40’s Tequila that is on the market. He got into the beverage business in 2007, with beers and wines branded using his real name, Earl Stevens.
With the Californian rapper continuously releasing material over the past two decades, Earl touches on his love for music. He stated that making music is a big passion of his, even going back to his childhood days of playing drums in a band.
After talking about his come up in the Bay Area as an independent artist, the topic of conversation turns to his relationship with friend Tupac Shakur. With ‘Pac having ties to the Bay Area, their friendship was one of love and respect. They collaborated on songs like “Dusted ‘N’ Disgusted”, “Million Dollar Spot” and “Ain’t Hard 2 Find.”
When asked about memories of Tupac that has stayed with him over the years, E -40 happily obliged. He talks about a letter Tupac had written to him congratulating him on the birth of his son. The letter, which Tupac wrote from jail in 1995, meant a lot to Earl. He explained how it is now in his safe deposit box and is his most personal memory of Tupac.
But the connection between the two rappers goes further back than that. Tupac shouted E-40’s group, The Click, out on his 1993 album, Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z.
E-40, Tupac & Richie Rich Connect In The Bay
Fellow Oakland rapper Richie Rich was a mutual friend who knew both E-40 and Tupac. He was the person responsible for giving out ‘Pac’s number. Telling the story on Real 92.3 LA of how he felt knowing Tupac wanted to work with him which left the Vallejo native pleasantly surprised.
Remembering the conversation with Richie Rich, E-40 said, “Rich said ‘I meant to tell you, here goes ‘Pac’s number, call him he rocks with you!’ I was like wow! I called, we had our conversation and it was on from there!”