E-40 Has Songs That Will Make A Gangster Cry On New Albums

Why are you releasing these projects a year later and not waiting?
I normally come every March. I come March 26, 27. The end of March with the next project. But, we had the E-40 and Too $hort’s History: Mob Music and Function Music come November 6 of 2012. So, we had to get that out of our system as being good friends in the industry for many moons and being legends. We were both on Jive Records back in the day. They wasn’t with the E-40 and Too $hort thing as far as coming with an album. So now, we work it out cause we both independent. We got distribution through EMI. That’s what we went through with this one. I put that out and that was the delay.

Now, you’re focused on your solo projects.
Now, I am focused on three albums. But, I have no complaints about Function Music and Mob Music. It needed to be done. I’m steady rewriting history and going in.

You worked with ScHoolboy Q and Danny Brown for your latest single, “All My Niggas.” Can we expect anyone else?
I have a few surprises up my sleeve. I am hitting them with all angles. I am giving them a little bit of everything without going out of my envelope. I am still gonna be E Feasible Belafonte Bellagio Mayweather. No matter what.

You experienced so many generations of hip-hop. I expect on these albums you are going to have the new and old cats mixed together.
Right, wouldn’t you expect that though? That’s only expected. People want to see their favorite rapper rap with their favorite rapper nowadays. The attention spans are shorter. People love to see it all together. It makes the song more interesting and everything. I definitely got my solo blaps on there. When you are dealing with three decades, you want to give them three decades. All the genres of sound and everything. I gotta give them some of the ‘90s mob. I gotta give them some of that hyphy shit. That ratchet turnt up function shit. I gotta give them that. I gotta give them the OG funk, battle cats sound back in the day, the rider entrapment sound. I gotta give them a little bit of everything. I gotta give them the good, heartfelt, deep songs. The songs that’ll make a gangster cry…the ones where you are sitting there and you just drinking and you crying. Just thinking about all the hard times you’ve been through.

Is your son Droop-E gonna be on there?
Yeah, Droop-E is on there a couple times and Droop-E made hella blaps on my album. He is a producer too. That’s what’s up right there.

What are your thoughts on artists like Yo Gotti and Drake paying homage to the Bay?
It just shows we are on the world’s radar. When you think of California, they think of L.A., which is no problem because we fuck with L.A. real tough. We love L.A. We get shit from L.A. too. Now, we on the map. You gotta say our names. Scream it like you mean it. And we said everything that there is to say. No rapper in the rap game can’t teach me about the hustle. They can probably teach you some new school hustle. When it comes to the foundation of hustling, I got that down pat. If motherfuckers ain’t teaching me nothing, I fuck with ‘em, but I ain’t tripping. ‘Nigga, you not above me.’ I was the first motherfucker screaming everything. I was the real in my organization. We spit that shit.