Over the weekend, hip-hop legend E-40 received a proclamation from Vallejo mayor Robert McConnell to officially designate October 21st as ‘E-40’ Day. Additionally, 40 received the key to the city of Vallejo and had his childhood street renamed in his honor.
As part of the ceremony in his hometown, there was a 1-mile stretch of Magazine Street that was officially renamed “E-40 Way” in a ceremony that was attended by Mistah F.A.B., The Click, 40’s longtime producers and engineers as well as his family and friends. E-40 Way is located on the street that E-40 grew up on as a kid in Vallejo and the ceremony took place literally in front of his childhood home.
E-40 is only the second recipient in Vallejo, California’s 173-year history to receive a key to the city and it recognized his contributions as a musician, entrepreneur and philanthropist. The ceremony also highlighted the fact that 2023 marked the 30-year anniversary of E-40’s debut studio album (Federal) that launched his career into stardom. He has proudly rapped about Magazine Street in his music, most notably in his single “Magazine Street” from his Poverty and Prosperity album.
Over the course of his career in the music industry, E-40 has firmly solidified his status as a living legend and pioneer for West Coast hip-hop, having released several multiplatinum and gold studio albums, collaborations and hit singles, including “U and Dat,” “Tell Me When To Go,” “Choices (Yup),” and “Function,” among countless others. As a solo artist, E-40 holds the record for most solo album entries on the Billboard 200 charts by a hip-hop artist (32).
Beyond his accolades as an entertainer, the Vallejo native has become equally as successful as an entrepreneur, having built a robust empire in the wine and spirit industry. He has launched over 17 different still and sparkling wine offerings, tequila, cognac, bourbon, vodka, gin, a golden lager beer, and a variety of pre-mixed cocktails. E-40 also launched his new food brand in 2021 called “Goon With The Spoon” which includes a line of packaged sausages, burritos and ice cream.
Throughout his journey as an entertainer and entrepreneur, E-40 has proudly represented Vallejo and made significant philanthropic contributions to the city, including supporting local schools, providing bikes for the youth and donating meals to those in need. Congrats to E-40 and salute to all he does for the community!