The ninth album from the Vallejo, California rapper E-40, comes as "My Ghetto Report Card". The Bay Area performer brought the first mainstream Hyphy release with this album in 2006 after other rappers and producer in the northern Cali region (including himself) createed this sub-genre to Hip Hop, where House meets West Coast rap.
1. "Yay Area"
In a tune which uses a sample of Digable Planets for the hook, you get 40 calling out all the inhibitants of the region which includes cities such as Oakland, Sacramento and San Francisco. You go straight into a pure banger, showign what Hyphy is all about from the start. Its all based around Electronica and Hip Hop bass, and it gives him what is needed to do what he can to represent the "Yay".
2. "Tell Me When To Go"
This was probably the biggest single off the album, and has a massive collaborattion etween all the top anmes in the world of Hyphy as Keak Da Sneak comes to work with him on a club banger of a tune. The chanting of typical Thizz-cultured things at the end, give you a full taste of what its like in the area.
3. "Muscle Cars"
Not only does the top man in Hyphy join him on this one, but also an artists just behind him in popularity too, as Turf Talk gets on this as we do one al about "Muscle Cars". In ones like this, the Northern Calirfornia boys show us how they differ from LA and the Dirty South, in terms of what cars they ride. Thsi one is led by some heavy bass, chating with "Boom"s from Keak, for added effect.
4. "Go Hard Or Go Home"
One of the biggest tunes from the album, this one gets a heavy club-suited tune where The Federation come to work very closely with 40, not just to rap a few verse by themsf, but also work off lines which they say to come up with new takes on the subject. It is one of the most successful Hyphy tracks to date.
This one is all about money, and the king of slang comes up with a new name for it here by calling it "Gouda" and raping in a way to suit the fact that his life revolves around it. During the track, he comes up with a varierty of alternative words for it too whilst being backed by haunting synth.
6. "Sick Wid It II"
This one is a dedication to the record label whcihc E-40 founded all the way back in 1992. It is a pretty average one, and has rather little to offer. However I would have to say that his cartoony voice is a barrier in allowing you to enjoy the strong lyrical talent.
7. "JB Stomp Down" (Lude)
8. "They Might Be Taping"
In an Old School-feeling one, you have him sampling Run-D.M.C. as he raps in a very typical way about all that the Bay life is about. In its, E's rhymes are put to the test as he hasn't got any guests to help him out. He seesm to cope with this change without any sort of struggle, and is successful at making it all work for him.
9. "Do Ya Head Like This"
You get some incredibly funky synth in this one, its very grimey and gets you bouncing along to it all. It sounds to be rather experimental, but he pulls it off well (but it woudln't be hard with such strong prodcution to work with).
10. "Block Boi"
In this one, you get a switch as he moves away from Hyphy fopr a while and takes fmore influence from LA by goign to soem Gangsta Rap. The hard beats support this switch in things, and the guests, seem to aid this shift (as it might have been difficult for such a clowny rapper).
11. "White Gurl"
This is one of the singles off the album, and has E-40 workign with both members of UGK and Juelz Santana in a track about cocaine ("White Gurl"). 40 describes how to cook it up before acting as a D-Boy, along with Big Bun, Pimp C and Santana, who all work to their best ability.
12. "Getthef****on.com" (Lude)
13. "U And Dat"
From the production, I could immediately identify that Lil' Jon was behin dit as he goes for some Crunk synth as 40 gets T-Pain to work with him and do some club-suited tubes, in which all the attention is put on the girls. This track is very typical of the time, and shows that we have made quite a lot of progression since '06.
14. "I'm Da Man"
I knew I was goign to like this as soon as I read that Mike Jones was part of it, and as 40 attempts a little H-Town-styled stuff, it all works in favour of the featured artist. Although Jones' rhymes aren't always the best, he brings something positive to the album by swiching it up a little.
Another Bay legend in Too $hort comes for a collab in this one, and they decide to brng down the pace a littleon some Lil' Jon beats. i foudn that this was rather weak in comparison to the majority of the tracks on this album for this reason, as $0 works better when doign stuff for the clubs.
16. "Getthef****on.com 2" (Lude)
17. "Just F***in'"
The change in direction is continued in this one as E gets into some low-tempoed stuff and he sneds it out to the girls. Again I wasn't fond of this, and the shift is emphasised with Bosko singing in the chorus, but doesn't seemt o fit with E-40's style.
18. "Gimme Head"
This highly sensual track has 40 rap about exactly waht is said in the title, and he does it in a highly effective way. You wouldn't expect this much effort to be put into such a track, but with Roger Troutman-esque Voice Box effects and a slow tempo, he really capture the feel here.
19. "She Say She Love Me"
To end things off, Lil' Jon comes up with a strong Rock-influenced cut, and brings out some high-quality production for the rappers, E-40, Bun B and 8Ball to rap about what is required for a girl who wants to ride with him. The slow pace adds to the mood of the tihng, and makes for a god way to finish things off
"My Ghetto Report Card" is a very good album for any of those who are into the club rap thing. For a Hyphy cut, it has to be regarded as amongst the best to date. The album is fairly vaired, and although he doesn't always make things work, it offers a great deal of choice to the listeners.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Yay Area - E-40
2 Tell Me When To Go - E-40 & Keak Da Sneak
3 Muscle Cars - E-40 & Keak Da Sneak/Turf Talk
4 Go Hard Or Go Home - E-40 & The Federation
5 Gouda - E-40 & B-Legit/Stressmatic
6 Sick Wid It II - E-40 & Turf Talk
7 JB Stomp Down - E-40
8 They Might Be Taping - E-40
9 Do Ya Head Like This - E-40
10 Block Boi - E-40 & Miko/Stressmatic
11 White Gurl - E-40 & Bun-B/Pimp C/Juelz Santana
12 getthefuckon.com - E-40
13 U And Dat - E-40 & T-Pain/Kandi Girl
14 I'm Da Man - E-40 & Mike Jones
15 Yee - E-40 & Too Short/Buddah
16 getthefuckon.com - E-40
17 Just Fuckin' - E-40 & Bosko
18 Gimme Heat - E-40 & Al Kapone/Bosko
19 She Says She Loves Me - E-40 & 8-Ball/Bun-B
20 Happy To Be Here - E-40 & Bosko/D.D. Artis