Gaslamp in Long Beach, CA was the spot and the E-40 show there was the function. Never one to miss out on catching the master of the slanguage do his thing live, we set out to the LBC for a night of turning up with Forty Fonzarelli himself. Don’t worry, no whips were ghost-ridden on the way or at the parking lot. Though we were tempted to do so after the awesome show.
Before the man of the night hit the stage, local groups opened for him. Two of these groups stood out from the rest. Mickey Bardot hit the stage with confidence and channeled similarities to Asher Roth with his own angst-laden twist.
The other group was Suspect Ed, a really unique reggae-rap group that can be compared to The Dirty Heads with a g’d up mentality.
When E-40 finally hit the stage the crowd went insane. Speaking of the crowd, it was very mixed which shows the diversity of E-40 fans. He came onto the stage performing “White Girl” while everyone sang along.
One thing I really enjoyed about the performance was that he was always smiling. He genuinely loved entertaining the crowd. An interesting and unique moment in his set came when he questioned the crowd which E-40 they liked better, the old or new one? Everyone was pretty much unanimous in answering “old”, which then brought on 40 performing one of his most popular songs ever “Sprinkle Me”. The question got me to thinking of the evolution an artist has to go through after being in the game for so many years and how they have to evolve to keep and make new fans, something that E-40 has seemingly done with ease after all these years.
He continued performing as the “old” E-40 with “Captain Save A Ho”, another crowd favorite.
Soon enough, he then transformed into the “new” E-40 and performed some of his newer songs including “My Shit Bang” and “Muscle Cars”.
Again, E-40 smiled and interacted with the crowd every second of his performance. He makes this evolution from an old-school rapper into the new age of rapping seem easy, as he had a very diverse fan base present. Overall, the turn up was real courtesy of the Bay Area legend, as he had us leaving the spot wanting to turn a couple tight ones in the parking lot like we were at a sideshow or something. Translation: we definitely had a good time.