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A West Coast phenomenon whose previous seven albums reached the R&B/Hip Hop top 10, E-40- rap pioneer in the hyphy movement- made his gold major label debut in 2006 with 'My Ghetto Report Card.' Suddenly, E-40 became a sensation as the album debuted #3 Pop and #1 R&B/Hip Hop and went platinum. Now the innovative E-40 returns with his most polished product to date, the imaginatively titled 'The Ball Street Journal,' featuring superstar guests from Snoop Dog and Ice T to The Game and Akon. This is the parental advisory edition
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 24, 2008)
  • Parental Advisory ed. edition
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Reprise Records
  • ASIN: B001G9FFHM
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #139,055 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Earl "40" Stevens has been in the rap game for a long time now since his days when he formed The Click. From making timeless singles such as "Sprinkle Me" and "Captain Save A Hoe" back in the mid 90's. Back in 2006, he hooked up with Lil Jon who help create the hyphy movement with the album My Ghetto Report Card, full of club ready material. What separated him from the rest of the Bay Area rappers who were on the hyphy movement was that 40 had rhymes, and showed that he was a veteran (in his forties I might add) and not an amateur in the rap game. Two years later he comes with his latest album Ball Street Journal, which sort of follows the same route as it's predecessor.

Not a whole lot has changed since his last album. It still has the hyphy sound that grew on me quite well here. Many tracks are easy standouts such as the opener "The Ambassador" (Rick Rock, you're a fool with those damn Digable Planets samples- see "Yay Area") and "Tell It Like It Is". The latter track shows 40's lyrical abilities over a Rick Rock bouncy track. 40 keeps up with The Game and Snoop Dogg on "Pain No More", another great track. Further down the album are tracks like "Sliding Down The Pole" thats well produced and features Oakland's own Too $hort. "I Can Sell It" featuring Cousin Fik is a clever song, thats well made. The final two tracks 40 colabs with family members B-Legit on the head nodding "Alcoholism". And at the end is the great "Pray For Me" featuring Bosko, B-Legit, and Suga-T (where has she been and when has she started singing, because she does a good job.
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bought it for my husband who likes this kind of music, but i actually like this CD too. i knew i was an E-40 fan but i never can keep up with names of songs and things. but this is a good CD overall, plus the hubby loves it
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theres SO MANY great songs on this album i dont see how an E-40 fan wouldnt like this. im on one, wake it up, 40 water, poor mans hydraulics, alcoholism, and pretty much every other song on here. the bass is hella bumping of course, the beats are tight (again of course), and 40's lyrics like always. this is just another great album by E-40. get wit it or get lost. plain and simple
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A good E-40 Cd, Although it has a little bit more newer stuff than I would like, it isn't like the track listing wasn't available, so I knew what I was buying. You only get so many songs on a single Cd purchase, so as far as value for your money goes, this is a pretty decent buy.
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What a shame!!!
I loved 40's music since Mr.FlamboyantEP right up to Grit & Grind.
But when I hear his new stuff and see pansy's like T-Shame and Acorn jumping and yowling around him I can't belive it.
This Album sounds like the Muppet Show on Angel Dust and cut me to the quick. We're in Europe are more than disappointed.

If you're really Sick Wid it don't buy it.
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this album was pretty good, the beats were top notch, the production was stellar, and even his lyrics were good. the only downside was the lack of variation, alot of the songs sounded very similar...and the hooks were terrible on atleast 4 songs. but all in all its a great album, especially if you have a good sound system, cuz every track bangs hella hard
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Pretty good. I'm not with the club bangers but plenty of street slappers to keep you satisfied. 40 made a lot of feddy with Ghetto Report card so he's trying to duplicate it with Ballstreet Journal so I can't be mad at him. Get yo'paper forty. This would be like him going out and getting Jermaine Dupree, Timbaland and Puffy back in the day to produce In A Major Way. I'm glad he didn't back then. Although Studio Ton, Mike Mosley and Sam Bostic make street certified slappin' mob music it doesn't bring that major pop appeal that Lil'Jon produced songs can bring. Although Levitti is that signature Click background vocal sound. He can't get E-40 rotations in the club like Akon and T-Pain. E-40 is 40 years old now so he's got to swing for the fence now. Built his fan base now it's time to "go for the fence" on this one because who know's how many at-bats he's got left.

Pray for me is just the joint for me right now. I'm feelin' that cut. I could of used more of those on this but I'm satisfied.

Ballstreet Journal could be subtitled "fair and balanced" because he was fair to his fans to not do 19 tracks of hyphie music but keep it balanced with street joints and club music and Hyphie.
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hyphy didnt come out with "my ghetto report card" the hyphy movement started back in the 90's way before lil' jon and the crunk junk...it didn't become well known to the rest of the states til "my ghetto report card" came out..and lil' jon had nothin' to do with creatin' hyphy the work was created by keak da sneak and all the bay area rappers were on the movement back in the 90's and it blew up outside the bay area and carried on to the rest of the states when "my ghetto report card" came out...with songs like "tell me when to go". you had a good review but get your facts right, i hate when people that aint from california try to act like they know when the hyphy movement started and who started it...hyphy was out way before crunk and lil jon junk..yall just didn't know about it til "my ghetto report card" just like everyone thinks snoop invented the izzle it was introduced into hip hop by e-40! in short, hyphy was invented by bay area rappers for dominantly bay area residents back in the 90's but it didnt move out much til the 2000's when e-40 drop his cd and it became a movement...
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