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Canadian bass specialist Ryan Hemsworth has kept his head down in the studio, fashioning a number of memorable pieces for his repertoire that have earned him a good deal of respect within his arena. His tireless work has officially paid off, as he recently was recruited to collaborate with star rapper E-40 and Yakki for an original single which they’ve dubbed “Hunnid.”
Contemporary to its core, Hemsworth laid down a pungent, yet minimal foundation for the piece so that its vocalists could shine. Yakki’s auto-tuned lyrics are boosted by trap rhythms and deep, vibrating bass, while E-40 shines in the second half with smooth verses. The three prove to be a solid team, with a potential radio hit on their hands.
Industry mainstay and G-House legend Destructo has been known to bring out the best talent for his many events, including EDC, Hard Summer, Holy Ship!, and more. This EP is no different, featuring five remixes of “All Nite,” a track from his recent Renegade project.
The blend of house and hip hop in Destructo’s original track, which features Bay Area icons E-40 and Too $hort, allows for a versatile and engaging range of remixes. Noise Frenzy leads off the EP, dropping a dark house remix with a growling bassline fit for any dance floor.
Thereafter, Getter‘s remix follows, in which he channels his inner Herobust for a crisp yet grimy trap and dubstep output. The second half of the EP features both Motez and Brohug’s house offerings along with Parker’s energetic festival trap chaos. This diverse and refreshing remix EP means “All Nite” is here to stay and may be a staple of this festival season.
(AllHipHop News) Rapper E-40 may help a struggling community center make it through 2017, thanks to a five figure donation.
E-40 recently donated $20,000 to the Salvation Army, which is over $40,000 behind last year’s budget.
According to the Mercury News, the 49-year-old rapper has fond memories of the local Salvation Army in Vallejo, where he and his family would stand in line for toys during hard times.
“Knowing how many families they can feed, helping single parents and whatnot, I’m glad to be a part of it,” E-40 said. “Vallejo is my city and I’m just giving back.”
The rapper is serious about his philanthropic work in Vallejo.
In August, E-40 donated over $25,000 to the students of Franklin Middle School, where he once attended.
E-40 put up the money, after he realized the middle school had lost a grant for school supplies their students needed to start the school year.
(AllHipHop Rumors) You gotta love E-40 man!
Your favorite rappers Kodak Black and Lil Yachty seemed to have a mix up about who can use the lingo of broccoli when referring to weed in their music.
Kodak Black goes at Lil Yachty and D.R.A.M. basically saying that these cats and others are out here jacking his lingo and his swag.
“Man what the f-ck. Who these n-ggas is jacking my little swag talking about broccoli. For now on I don’t smoke broccoli; I smoke cantaloupe since you square a-s n-ggas trying to steal my little swag.”
Lil Yachty definitely took a little time out to respond by saying he always gives props to Kodak, and he has never been a square.
Luckily E-40 had time to take the kids to school by informing them that in 1993 he referred to weed as broccoli, and in 1998 he made a song called Broccoli.
“F-ck beef get money,” tweeted E-40.
You would think these mumble rappers would try to step their game up instead of beefing over nothing. But, carry on!
(AllHipHop News) Rapper E-40 continues to flex his staying power with the release of his latest two albums, The D-Bory Diary Books 1 & 2.
Both of 40’s alums have landed in the Top 20 of Billboard’s Indie and R&B/Hip-Hop Charts, as did the 44-track Deluxe Edition, which earned the rapper three different chart placements simultaneously.
“Having experienced what I have in my personal life and as a businessman, I can’t help but want to share knowledge through my music and lead by example,” said a humbled E-40. “If there’s one takeaway from watching my moves, it’s to follow your dreams and put 100% into everything you do. Life was never a cakewalk for me; I’ve had my ups and downs but I held on like a hubcap in the fast lane and now I can look back and be proud of what I’ve established and what I have become.”
Brian Shafton, the CEO and Founder of RBC Records, has been working as a consultant for E-40 and Sick Wid It Records since 2004.
Shafton explained how E-40’s business plan has remained steady over the course of his 30-year-career, releasing records through his indie imprint, Sic Wid It Records.
“For the past six years, 40 has done something no one else has ever done. He releases multiple albums (each of which is sold separately) on the same day. This genius move has allowed 40 to use one marketing budget to promote two, three, and sometimes even four albums. Each and every one of these titles is extremely viable as they all make noise on the Top 200 Chart. If you want to understand the indie rap game, make sure to follow E-40’s moves.”
The D-Boy Diary Books 1 & 2 and the 44-track Deluxe Edition are available at all outlets now.