My Ghetto Report Card

My Ghetto Report Card

by E-40


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My Ghetto Report Card

Sleazy West Coast meets the slickest Dirty South on E-40's My Ghetto Report Card, the slang-slingin' rapper's first album for the Warner Bros. family and his first with Lil Jon's Atlanta-based BME crew. With past appearances on Master P and Eightball & MJG tracks, E-40 and the South have always been cool, and while Report Card has Lil Jon written all over it -- literally and figuratively -- E-40 isn't going to forget his beloved Bay Area and its ultra-enthusiastic audience. Actually, Lil Jon seems to be adapting to the Bay more than E-40 is going South. The hooky thumper "Tell Me When to Go" is a great example, with Jon's minimal club track getting Bay Area slanguage spit all over it by 40 and the gravel-voiced great Keak da Sneak. The way the track slides into "Muscle Cars" -- which sounds like a dubbed "Tell Me When to Go" with a Bay-loving freestyle over it -- is Lil Jon in album-building mode. That's his biggest contribution to the rapper's career, giving the E-40 discography the rare solid album without trying to reinvent the man. Tying things to the past, longtime E-40 producer Rick Rock gets plenty of airtime, including the opening "Yay Area," which brilliantly uses a tightly looped sample of Digable Planets' "Rebirth of Slick" to get this quirky, sleazy party started. Oh yes, it is sleazy, with unmentionable but entirely fun tracks keeping things moving in the album's forth quarter. Too bad the maudlin yawner "Happy to Be Here" closes the album, too bad Mike Jones uses his guest shot just to announce the street date of his next album, and too bad "White Gurl" is as much an ode to pushing cocaine as it is to the suburban ladies. The street-loving Bay Area faithful will probably complain more about the sheen Lil Jon lays on some of the club tracks or that "U and Dat" is just Ciara's chart-conquering "Goodies" all over again, but My Ghetto Report Card is hardly a sellout and a little chart ambition can do a fellow like E-40 some good. He's come up with an amazing set of wry, snide, and provocative rhymes for the album, and even if he gives Warner Bros. a shout-out on "Gouda," he's as unrestrained as ever -- if not more so -- everywhere else. First words out of his mouth on the album: "I got my second wind, pimp!" Indeed.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/14/2006
Label: Reprise / Wea
UPC: 0093624996323
catalogNumber: 49963
Rank: 21702

Album Credits

Performance Credits

E-40   Primary Artist,Rap
B-Legit   Rap
LaMarquis Mark Jefferson   Bass
James Phillips   Keyboards
Pimp C   Rap
Too $hort   Rap
Kapone   Rap
Bosko   Rap
Craig Love   Guitar
Jonathon "Lil' Jon" Smith   Keyboards
Bud'da   Rap
Keak da Sneak   Rap
8Ball   Rap
Bun B   Rap
Juelz Santana   Rap
Mike Jones   Rap
Federation   Rap
Little E "Droop E"   Background Vocals
Turf Talk   Rap
T-Pain   Rap,Track Performer
D. D. Artis   Background Vocals,Rap
Bosko Kante   Background Vocals,Multi Instruments
Bosko Tante   Background Vocals,Talk Box
Stressmatic   Rap
Kandi Girl   Rap
Miko   Rap

Technical Credits

C.P. Love   Composer
G. Cooper   Composer
Dale Everingham   Engineer
J.C. Phillips   Composer
T. Shaw   Composer
R. Simmons   Composer
E. Stevens   Composer
Andrew Seidel   Engineer
T.J. Jackson   Composer
Jonathon "Lil' Jon" Smith   Producer,Executive Producer
Lil Jon   Audio Production
Rick Rock   Audio Production
Chaz Hayes   Management
A. Bailey   Composer
Rob McDowell   Executive Producer
DJ Emperor Searcy   Executive Producer
Ricardo "Rick Rock" Thomas   Producer
L. James   Composer
Chris Carmouche   Engineer
Little E "Droop E"   Producer
Joseph Simmons   Composer
Denise A. Williams   Visual Direction
Niki Benjamin   Marketing
W.O. Collins   Composer
Dustin "Nump" Perfetto   Engineer
Vince Phillips   Executive Producer
Bosko Kante   Producer,Engineer

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