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Format: CD
Sku: 60022126
UPC: 012414164520
UPC 14: 00012414164520
Release Date: 8/11/1998
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Element Of Surprise, The ~ E-40
2. Trump Change ~ E-40
3. All Tha Time - (featuring B-Legit) ~ E-40
4. Dump, Bust, Blast ~ E-40
5. Hope I Don't Go Back ~ E-40
6. $999,999 $1=A Mealticket ~ E-40
7. Money Scheme - (featuring Jayo Felony) ~ E-40
8. Zoom ~ E-40
9. Mayhem - (featuring A-1) ~ E-40
10. Personal - (featuring D-Shot/Suga T./The Mossie/LeVitti) ~ E-40
11. My Hoodlums & My Thugz - (featuring WC/Mack 10) ~ E-40
Disc 2
Song Title
1. Do It To Me - (featuring Busta Rhymes) ~ E-40
2. Lieutenant Roast A Botch ~ E-40
3. It's On, On Sight - (featuring C-Bo) ~ E-40
4. From The Ground Up - (featuring Too Short/K-Ci & JoJo) ~ E-40
5. Flashin' ~ E-40
6. Doin' Dirt Bad - (featuring B-Legit) ~ E-40
7. Broccoli ~ E-40
8. Jump My Bone ~ E-40
9. Back Against The Wall - (featuring Master P) ~ E-40
10. To Da Beat ~ E-40
11. Dirty Deeds ~ E-40
12. Ballin' Outta Control ~ E-40
13. One More Gen ~ E-40

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: E-40, B-Legit, A-1, D-Shot, Suga T, LeVitti, The Mossie, WC, Mack 10, Busta Rhymes, Silk E, C-Bo, Too Short, K-Ci, JoJo, Master P (vocals); Bosko (various instruments); Sam Bostic (guitar, keyboards, drum programming); Carl Burnett, Flat Top (guitar); Keith Eaddie (bass); Mike Mosley (keyboards, drum programming); D.J. TNT (scratches); Otis, Shug, Alechia Campbell, Kaveo (background vocals).
Muze PNote Producers include: Rick Rock, Big Tyme, Bosko, Ant Banks, Studio Ton.
Muze PNote Engineers include: D-Wiz, Bosko Kante, Ant Banks, Studio Ton, Joel Pierre.
Muze PNote Personnel includes: E-40, B-Legit, Jayo Felony, A-1, D-Shot, Suga T., LeVitti, The Mossie, WC, Mack 10, Busta Rhymes, Silk E, C-Bo, Too Short, K-Ci & JoJo, Master P (vocals); Bosko (various instruments); Sam Bostic (guitar, keyboards, drum programming); Carl Burnett, Flat Top (guitar); Mike Mosley (keyboards, drums programming); Keith Eaddle (bass); D.J. TNT (scratches); Otis & Shug, Kaveo, Alechia Campbell (background vocals)
Muze PNote Producers: E-40, Rick Rock, Big Tyme, Bosko, Ant Banks.
Muze PNote Engineers include: D-Wiz, Bosko Kante, Ant Banks.
Muze PNote Personnel: E-40 (vocals); Busta Rhymes (vocals, background vocals); D-Shot, Too $hort, Jayo Felony, JoJo , K-Ci & JoJo, Levitti, Mack 10, Master P, WC (vocals); Sam Bostic (guitar, keyboard programming, drum programming); Carl Burnett (guitar); Michael Mosley (keyboard programming, drum programming); Kaveo, Otis (background vocals).
Muze PNote Audio Mixers: D-Wiz; Lance Pierre; Ant Banks; Carlos Warlick.
Muze PNote Recording information: Chicken & Beats Studio; Cosmic; Digital Studios; Michael Denton Studios; Orange Room; Plant Studios.
Muze PNote E-40's ELEMENT OF SURPRISE is like a cold splash of water in the face, startling the listener with a head-on dose of street reality. The most startling aspect of the album is E-40's unique rapping style; with his mile-a-minute rhymes, he makes Onyx sound like a bunch of slackers. His lyrics go by at such a breakneck pace that, while one is able to glean the general intent of the lyrics, his voice becomes another instrument, taking a place in the mix that's more physical than cerebral. He's pretty prolific, too, as evidenced by the 24 cuts spread out over ELEMENTS OF SURPRISE's two discs. Too Short, Master P and others make guest appearances on these funk-inflected tracks, but this is E-40's show all the way.

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Too $hort
Muze Guest Artist Mack 10
Muze Guest Artist WC
Muze Guest Artist A-1
Muze Guest Artist Master P
Muze Guest Artist B-Legit
Muze Guest Artist Silk-E
Muze Guest Artist Busta Rhymes
Muze Guest Artist Jayo Felony
Muze Guest Artist K-Ci & JoJo
Muze Guest Artist C-Bo
Muze Guest Artist D-Shot
Muze Guest Artist Levitti
Muze Guest Artist Suga-T
Muze Guest Artist The Mossie

Artist Overview

As a solo performer, label owner (Sick Wid It Records), and member of hip-hop outfit the Click, rapper E-40 has been representing the often underappreciated Bay Area hip-hop scene since the early 1990s. E-40 is credited with helping the Bay Area hyphy movement (something of a West Coast version of crunk) gain national exposure and is well known for his legendary flow, which incorporates one of hip-hop's most extensive and developed slang vocabularies--a considerable amount of which was created by E-40 himself. His MY GHETTO REPORT CARD was released in 2006 and once again showed why 40 is one of the most respected gangsta rappers in the game.

Compilation Appearances

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Muze Music Compilations Thug Mentality 1999 (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Greatest Hits (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations I'm 'Bout It (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Ugk For Life(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Incredibad(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Fist Of God
Muze Music Compilations Ugk 4 Life
Muze Music Compilations I'm Not A Fan But The Kids Like It
Muze Music Compilations Gangsta Party (Box)(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations State Vs Radric Davis
Muze Music Compilations Greatest Hits With Our Buds(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Naked Soul Of Sweet Jones(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Bashtown
Muze Music Compilations Outsider(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Give The Drummer Some(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Vitiligo(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Orca(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Napalm(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Wrap It Up(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Genius(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Ricky Reed Is Real(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations 5 CLASSIC ALBUMS:SNOOP DOGG(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations United Ghetto Of America Vol 2 (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Everready(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations All 6'S And 7'S(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations CADILLACTICA(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Cadillactica
Muze Music Compilations CADILLACTICA(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations STARR(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Starr
Muze Music Compilations Hip Hop Mix Usa
Muze Music Compilations No Trespassing(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Lowrider Freedom 2015
Muze Music Compilations SPECIAL EFFECTS(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Skitszo Collection(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Sincerely Yours
Muze Music Compilations THESE THINGS HAPPEN(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations These Things Happen
Muze Music Compilations Memoirs Of A Curb Server(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations REAL WORLD 4(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations GANGSTA II(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations HAVE A NICE LIFE(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations SID:SHINING IN DARKNESS(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations DARK SKY PARADISE(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations DARK SKY PARADISE(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Dark Sky Paradise
Muze Music Compilations Dark Sky Paradise
Muze Music Compilations What We Been Doin

Associated Artists and Works

History: Function Music [PA] ~ Too $hort
History: Mob Music [PA] ~ Too $hort

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 08/11/1998
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 1998
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 41645
Music Label Name Label : Jive (USA)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 2
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00012414164520

Professional Reviews

Vibe (9/98, p.286)
- "...E-40 casts a lyric spell with a nonstop flow of vividly engaging rags-to-riches tales..."

The Source (9/98, p.244)
- 4 Mics (out of 5)
- "When it comes to creativity, originality and personality in today's hip-hop music, there are few rappers who can hang with E-40....40 Water sticks to his original recipe--elastic flows that stretch rhymes out of shape against beats funkier than a can of sardines..."

Rap Pages (10/98, p.119)
- 4 (out of 5)
- "...E-40 returns to the Hip-Hop lecture hall with a collection of songs that mentor those in the struggle....40, again, proves that he is a trailblazer and not a follower..."

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