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The Ball Street Journal

by E-40

The Ball Street Journal by E-40

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The Ball Street Journal

by E-40

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Label: Bme/Reprise
The good news is that E-40 still makes jarringly strange and instantly addictive hip-hop. From the loose sub-bass farts of "I'm on One" and "Got Rich Twice" to "40 Water"'s spandex flows, there's an elasticity to the best tracks here, a mixture of fluidity and propulsion that demands a physical reaction. The bad news? When 40 tries to flatten out the kinks and quirks and make more traditional pop-hop songs, the results are embarrassing ("Give Her the Keys," "Hood Boy"). The mediocre material makes this one of his weaker albums, though not without its pleasures.

About This Album

The good news is that E-40 still makes jarringly strange and instantly addictive hip-hop. From the loose sub-bass farts of "I'm on One" and "Got Rich Twice" to "40 Water"'s spandex flows, there's an elasticity to the best tracks here, a mixture of fluidity and propulsion that demands a physical reaction. The bad news? When 40 tries to flatten out the kinks and quirks and make more traditional pop-hop songs, the results are embarrassing ("Give Her the Keys," "Hood Boy"). The mediocre material makes this one of his weaker albums, though not without its pleasures.

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About This Album

The good news is that E-40 still makes jarringly strange and instantly addictive hip-hop. From the loose sub-bass farts of "I'm on One" and "Got Rich Twice" to "40 Water"'s spandex flows, there's an elasticity to the best tracks here, a mixture of fluidity and propulsion that demands a physical reaction. The bad news? When 40 tries to flatten out the kinks and quirks and make more traditional pop-hop songs, the results are embarrassing ("Give Her the Keys," "Hood Boy"). The mediocre material makes this one of his weaker albums, though not without its pleasures.