Best of E-40: Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow

Best of E-40: Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow

by E-40
     
 

E-40 is a rapper who was long overdue for a best-of collection, which finally came in 2004 when Jive released Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow. The Bay Area eccentric debuted his tongue-twisting style for Jive back in 1994 with the Mail Man EP, so this collection spans an entire decade -- and a busy one at that, given that E-40 put out roughlySee more details below

Overview

E-40 is a rapper who was long overdue for a best-of collection, which finally came in 2004 when Jive released Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow. The Bay Area eccentric debuted his tongue-twisting style for Jive back in 1994 with the Mail Man EP, so this collection spans an entire decade -- and a busy one at that, given that E-40 put out roughly an album a year over that span. He didn't score many genuine hits over those years, as only a few of his singles broke into the Billboard Hot 100, but his fresh style did influence a legion of rappers who began to emulate his slangtastic rhyming style. So, given E-40's lack of hits, Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow is somewhat of a grab bag. Some of the tracks are clear career highlights: "Carlos Rossi," "Captain Save a Hoe," "Rapper's Ball," "Zoom," and "Automatic" in particular. Others are excellent and exemplary if somewhat unexceptional, likewise the few previously released inclusions that close the compilation. Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow unfortunately misses a number of seemingly obvious highlights, for example the Nate Dogg gem "Nah Nah" from Loyalty & Betrayal or his most-recent single, "Quarterbackin'." There's an emphasis on E-40's early, less-heard albums, which means some may quibble also about the lack of latter-day inclusions. That's all to be expected, of course, for the only way this best-of could be definitive would be if it were a double-disc collection (and even then it'd a bit short of definitive given E-40's especially deep canon and generally consistent level of quality, not to mention his innumerable guest appearances elsewhere). Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow is excellent for what it is, however: a single-disc sampler of E-40's long, influential decade with Jive that rounds up some of his most obvious highlights in the process and leaves others for later discovery.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/24/2004
Label:
Sony Mod - Afw Line
UPC:
0828766257328
catalogNumber:
62573
Rank:
67377

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

E-40   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Lionel Richie   Composer
J.J. Jackson   Composer
E-40   Producer
Ant Banks   Composer,Producer
E. Blake Davis   Composer
Kenny Gamble   Composer
Ronald LaPread   Composer
T. Shaw   Composer
E. Stevens   Composer
T.M. Stevens   Composer
Prince Rahiem   Composer
Funk Daddy   Producer
T.J. Jackson   Composer
Avery Johnson   Producer
Michael Mosley   Composer
Cedric "K-Ci" Hailey   Composer
Bosko   Producer
Studio Ton   Producer
Sam Bostic   Composer,Producer
Rick Rock   Producer
Greg Buren   Composer
A. Jackson   Composer
Mike Mosley   Producer
Shemp   Art Direction
Supa Dave West   Producer
Jake One   Producer

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