E-40 – Federal (Sick Wid It)
Highlights: The whole damn thang
E-40’s introductory album was a barrage of rhymes that was unlike anything hip-hop had ever seen before. He introduced an entire book of slang to the game, and following his work with The Click, came to define the West Coast’s Hyphy sound. He’s even defining certain slang words in the very first song. He went on to have one of the strongest '90s catalogues of all time and is now considered one of the illest Cali rappers to ever touch the mic.
All of this is lost on most of today’s young generation, who know Dr. Dre because of his headphones and Ice-T because of Law And Order. When I was little my pops took me to an And 1 mixtape tour at Madison Square Garden. E-40 performed at halftime (turning it into a block party) while a woman to our right rolled up a blunt and smoked it, right where I once sat watching Reggie Miller destroy the Knicks! I haven’t been the same since; neither has pops.
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