Ball Street Journal

The Ball Street Journal

by E-40
     
 

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Arriving a year later than expected, E-40's 2008 effort has more than enough highlights, but the track list is hopelessly stuffed and scrambled, like someone just turned over the vault and let the two previous years of recordings fall where they may. Oddly enough, The Ball Street Journal begins just

Overview

Arriving a year later than expected, E-40's 2008 effort has more than enough highlights, but the track list is hopelessly stuffed and scrambled, like someone just turned over the vault and let the two previous years of recordings fall where they may. Oddly enough, The Ball Street Journal begins just like 2006's My Ghetto Report Card, with a Digable Planets sample and a brag track that rightfully declares E-40 the Bay Area's ambassador. Two cuts later and the previous album's "Tell Me When to Go" gets quoted on "Break Ya Ankles," with guest Shawty Low and a production so obviously Lil Jon his name needn't have appeared in the credits. The love of dancehall returns on the particularly good "Hustle" with Turf Talk and R. City, but much less welcome is the resurrection of the "drip" noise which gets looped on "40 Water," making it more like water torture. As far as new ideas, the kooky bassline on "Got Rich Twice" from Droop-E drives both E-40 and Turf Talk to get loose and wild on one of the album's more inspired performances, and "The Recipe" wins thanks to the silly cooking show samples that are bizarrely twisted into instructions for preparing crack cocaine. With so much left to go and a running order that's no help, this is a so-so step back in total, one better left for the Bay Area fanatic and E-40 faithful.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/24/2008
Label:
Reprise / Wea
UPC:
0093624988748
catalogNumber:
412540
Rank:
29124

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

E-40   Primary Artist
Bosko   Various
Jonathon "Lil' Jon" Smith   Keyboards
Rick Rock   Keyboards
Jonathan Smith   Keyboards
Turf Talk   Vocals
J.R. Rotem   Various
JMil   Keyboards
Young Hound   Vocals
Devon "YV" Gazaway   Vocals
Awenlue Kante   Vocals,Background Vocals
J$Mil   Keyboards
Ryan Ashman   Vocals
James Phillips   Keyboards
Christopher Smith   Vocals
Seanna Turner   Vocals

Technical Credits

Cindy Walker   Composer
E-40   Composer,Executive Producer
Douglas Davis   Composer
Dale Everingham   Engineer
S. Jordan   Composer
Ricky Walters   Composer
Tom Whalley   Executive Producer
J. Taylor   Composer
Bosko   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production,Instrumentation
Jonathon "Lil' Jon" Smith   Producer,Executive Producer
Lil Jon   Composer,Audio Production
Rick Rock   Producer,Audio Production
Calvin Broadus   Composer
Tal Miller   Engineer
Jonathan Smith   Audio Production
Virtuoso   Producer,Audio Production
LVM   Producer
Chris Carmouche   Engineer
Little E "Droop E"   Producer
Javier Valverde   Engineer
Poli Paul   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Aliaune "Akon" Thiam   Composer
Ellen Wakayama   Visual Direction
Denise A. Williams   Visual Direction
Orlando R. McGee   Executive Producer
J.R. Rotem   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Audio Production,Instrumentation
Kori Anders   Engineer
Dustin "Nump" Perfetto   Engineer
T-Pain   Audio Production
Mark "Exit" Goodchild   Engineer
DJ Fingazz   Producer
Andrew Sidel   Engineer
Willy Will   Audio Production
James "Scrappy" Stassen   Engineer
Kevin Cossom   Composer
Adam Beyver   Engineer
Kevin Black   Marketing
Moka Carmouche   Engineer
Joe Destefano   Engineer
Devon "YV" Gazaway   Composer
William "Willy Will" Hodge   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Johnny Mollings   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Jeffrey Patricio   Engineer
Matthew Price   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Jacob Tupolo   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
I. Butler   Composer
C.Irving   Composer
D. Bernstein   Composer
E. Stevens   Composer
W. Houseman   Composer
T. Stevens   Composer
E. Crenshaw   Composer
R. Sims   Composer
Radric Davis   Composer
L. Mollings   Composer
L.V.M.   Audio Production
R. Thomas   Composer
Mary Ann Vieira   Composer
J. Phillips   Composer
DJ Fingaz   Audio Production
M. Harris   Composer
J. Jones   Composer
B. Freeman   Composer
B. Jones   Composer
Droop-E   Audio Production
B. Kante   Composer
T. Shaw   Composer
T. Jackson   Composer
T. Thomas   Composer
Fahim Najm   Composer

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