The Ball Street Journal [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - David Jeffries
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - David Jeffries
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/24/2008
  • Label: Reprise / Wea
  • UPC: 093624988748
  • Catalog Number: 412540
  • Sales rank: 24,625

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Ambassador (3:45)
  2. 2 I'm on One (4:58)
  3. 3 Break Ya Ankles - Shawty Lo (4:00)
  4. 4 Got Rich Twice - Turf Talk (3:43)
  5. 5 Pain No More - Game (4:25)
  6. 6 Tell It Like It Is (4:00)
  7. 7 Give Her the Keys - T-Pain (4:10)
  8. 8 Hustle - R. City (4:17)
  9. 9 Wake It Up - Akon (3:56)
  10. 10 40 Water (3:39)
  11. 11 Poor Man's Hydraulics (4:23)
  12. 12 The Recipe - Gucci Mane (4:20)
  13. 13 Hood Boy (4:09)
  14. 14 Earl - Ice-T (4:18)
  15. 15 Sliding Down the Pole (3:24)
  16. 16 I Can Sell It - Cousin Fik (5:00)
  17. 17 Big Time - Kevin Cossom (4:03)
  18. 18 Alcoholism (3:41)
  19. 19 Pray for Me - Bosko (4:57)
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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 Jr. 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
Brian "Big Bass" Gardner Mastering
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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