In a Major Way

In a Major Way

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by E-40
     
 

One of E-40's best albums -- and along with Tha Hall of Game (1996), perhaps his best overall -- In a Major Way features the Bay Area rapper early in his career, when he was at his most inspired and focused. His previous solo releases (Federal, 1993; The Mail Man, 1993), as well as his work with See more details below

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One of E-40's best albums -- and along with Tha Hall of Game (1996), perhaps his best overall -- In a Major Way features the Bay Area rapper early in his career, when he was at his most inspired and focused. His previous solo releases (Federal, 1993; The Mail Man, 1993), as well as his work with the Click (Down and Dirty, 1994), had been formative and low-budget, released independently by his Sick Wid' It label in association with a regional distributor. Sure, some of that prior work was great, particularly The Mail Man and its breakout hit, "Captain Save a Hoe," but none of it compares to In a Major Way in terms of scale and consistency. Over the course of 16 tracks, E-40 collaborates with his Sick Wid' It stable of producers (Studio Ton, Mike Mosley, Sam Bostic) and rappers (B-Legit, Suga T, Celly Cel), along with outside talent. Newcomer Funk Daddy produces three tracks, including the standout "Sideways," while up-and-coming Bay Area rappers 2Pac, Mac Mall, and Spice 1 team up for another standout, "Dusted 'n' Disgusted." Besides these two standouts, highlights of In a Major Way include a pair of hit singles ("1-Luv," "Sprinkle Me") that broke into the Billboard Hot 100, plus "Da Bumble." In a Major Way does have its shortcomings, chief among them the production, which still sounds low-budget, if improved from prior releases. E-40 made the most of what he had to work with at the time, though, and for a mostly in-house album, In a Major Way is an impressive showcase of the talent at hand. E-40's raps would improve over the years, as would his production stable and his recording budget, yet few albums in his catalog rival In a Major Way, which track-for-track is remarkably solid and thoroughly entertaining.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/14/1995
Label:
Jive
UPC:
0012414155825
catalogNumber:
41558
Rank:
17506

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

E-40   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
James Jones   Guitar
Spice 1   Vocals,Track Performer
B-Legit   Track Performer
Suga T   Track Performer
2Pac   Vocals,Track Performer
Mac Mall   Vocals,Track Performer
Funk Daddy   Keyboards
Celly Cel   Background Vocals,Track Performer
Michael Mosley   Keyboards
Kevin Gardner   Guitar,Keyboards
Sam Bostic   Keyboards
T-Pup   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

E-40   Producer,Executive Producer
Eaton   Engineer
Ken Franklin   Engineer
Brian Gardner   Mastering
Funk Daddy   Producer,drum programming
Michael Mosley   Producer,drum programming
K Lou   Engineer
Kevin Gardner   Producer,Engineer,drum programming
Sam Bostic   Producer,drum programming
Samuel Stevens   Producer

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