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Format: CD
Sku: 60021990
UPC: 012414155825
UPC 14: 00012414155825
Release Date: 3/14/1995
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Intro ~ E-40
2. Chip In Da Phone ~ E-40
3. Da Bumble ~ E-40
4. Sideways - (with B-Legit/Mac Shon) ~ E-40
5. Spittin' ~ E-40
6. Sprinkle Me - (with Suga T) ~ E-40
7. Outta Bounds ~ E-40
8. Dusted 'N' Disgusted - (with 2Pac/Mac Mall/Spice 1) ~ E-40
9. 1-Luv - (with Leviti) ~ E-40
10. Smoke 'N' Drank ~ E-40
11. Dey Ain't No ~ E-40
12. Fed - (with Suga T) ~ E-40
13. H.I. Double L - (with B-Legit/Celly Cel) ~ E-40
14. Bootsee ~ E-40
15. It's All Bad ~ E-40
16. Outro ~ E-40

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: E-40 (vocals); Studio Ton, Kevin Gardner (guitar, keyboards, programming); James "Flat Top" Jones (guitar); Sam Bostic, Mike Mosley, Funk Daddy (keyboards, programming); Geraldine Michaels, T-Pup, Luscious Lynn, Nikki Barksdale, Earl Stevens, Jr. (background vocals).
Muze PNote Producers: Sam Bostic, Mike Mosley, E-40, Funk Daddy; Studio Ton.
Muze PNote Engineers include: K-Lou, Ken Franklin, Studio Ton.
Muze PNote 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. ~ Jason Birchmeier

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist 2Pac
Muze Guest Artist Mac Mall
Muze Guest Artist Suga-T
Muze Guest Artist B-Legit
Muze Guest Artist Mac Shon
Muze Guest Artist Spice 1
Muze Guest Artist Leviti
Muze Guest Artist Celly Cel

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.

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Muze Music Compilations Dark Sky Paradise
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Muze Music Compilations Napalm(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations What We Been Doin
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Muze Music Compilations GANGSTA II(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations DARK SKY PARADISE(Explicit Version)
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Associated Artists and Works

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

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 02/28/1995
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 1995
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 41558
Music Label Name Label : Jive (USA)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00012414155825

Professional Reviews

Vibe (5/95, p.96)
- "...Full of keyboards and rollicking, heavy bass lines, the songs...only make sense when booming from the back of a late-model car....One minute E-40 is rapping slow, the next he's crooning, and the next finds him moving on and off tempo in his own rapid style..."

The Source (5/95, p.66)
- 3.5 Stars - Dope - "...IN A MAJOR WAY is just that--beats and lyrics hittin' your chest cavity with force. It's straight mobb music for fools that like to roll or chill at barbecues..."

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