In A Major Way (Explicit Version) CD (1995)

Artist: E-40

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Label Bmg/jive/silvertone
SKU 60021990
UPC 012414155825
UPC 14 00012414155825
Format CD
Release Date 3/14/1995
Author E-40
Associated Artist/Work Too $hort
Artist Influence 2Pac
Artist Influence Dr. Dre
Artist Influence George Clinton (Funk)
Artist Influence Ice Cube
Artist Influence Ice-T
Artist Influence MC Eiht (Rap)
Artist Influence N.W.A
Artist Influence Parliament
Artist Influence Run-D.M.C.
Artist Influence Scarface
Artist Influence Spice 1
Artist Influence Too $hort
Artist Influence UGK
Artist Influence Zapp
Artist Contemporary 2Wice
Artist Contemporary 8Ball and MJG
Artist Contemporary B-Legit
Artist Contemporary Bun B
Artist Contemporary C-BO
Artist Contemporary Celly Cel
Artist Contemporary Dru Down
Artist Contemporary Funk Mobb
Artist Contemporary Ice Cube
Artist Contemporary JT the Bigga Figga
Artist Contemporary Kokane
Artist Contemporary Mac Dre
Artist Contemporary Mac Mall
Artist Contemporary Mack 10
Artist Contemporary Master P
Artist Contemporary Motion Man
Artist Contemporary Rappin' 4-Tay
Artist Contemporary Snoop Dogg
Artist Contemporary Spice 1
Artist Contemporary The Luniz
Artist Contemporary Three 6 Mafia
Artist Contemporary Xzibit
Artist Follower 50 Cent
Artist Follower Al Kapone
Artist Follower Celly Cel
Artist Follower Danny Brown
Artist Follower Keak da Sneak
Artist Follower Lil B (The Pack)
Artist Follower Meek Mill
Artist Follower The Game (Rap)
Artist Follower The Team
Technical Info
CatalogID 41558
Lable Name Jive (USA)
Released 02/28/1995
Original Release 1995
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 58m : 33s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00012414155825
Musical Guests
Mac Mall
Mac Shon
Spice 1
Celly Cel
Album Notes and Credits
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).
Producers: Sam Bostic, Mike Mosley, E-40, Funk Daddy; Studio Ton.
Engineers include: K-Lou, Ken Franklin, Studio Ton.
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
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.
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..."
Disc 1
1 Intro
2 Chip In Da Phone
3 Da Bumble
4 Sideways - (with B-Legit/Mac Shon)
5 Spittin'
6 Sprinkle Me - (with Suga T)
7 Outta Bounds
8 Dusted 'N' Disgusted - (with 2Pac/Mac Mall/Spice 1)
9 1-Luv - (with Leviti)
10 Smoke 'N' Drank
11 Dey Ain't No
12 Fed - (with Suga T)
13 H.I. Double L - (with B-Legit/Celly Cel)
14 Bootsee
15 It's All Bad
16 Outro

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