E-40, Triple S S.L.A.N.G., R-Dubb, Porch Musick | Double Door | Hip-Hop | Chicago Reader
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E-40, Triple S S.L.A.N.G., R-Dubb, Porch Musick 

When: Mon., Nov. 17, 8 p.m. 2014
Price: $19.99-$30, $65 for VIP
If anybody in hip-hop deserves to have his story told Walk the Line-style, it’s Earl Stevens, aka E-40. The Bay Area MC has been holding it down for close to 25 years, charting early and often since his 1993 debut, Federal. He’s put his fingerprints on evolving regional rap styles, in the process working with other heavyweights across the country. During the late-90s heyday of New Orleans label No Limit, he appeared on Master P’s MP da Last Don; he got down with crunk in the early 2000s, turning up on Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz’ 2002 hit Kings of Crunk; and in the late aughts he repped hyphy when that party sound broke out of northern California. Stevens had a bizarre 2009, making cameos on the final UGK album, the Lonely Island’s debut, and Brokencyde’s crunkcore oddity I’m Not a Fan but the Kids Like It!—and despite the terrible reputation of the last, he retains the respect of the most finicky hip-hop heads. That’s partly because he hasn’t stopped making good music under his own name—he’s released six The Block Brochure albums in the past couple years, and next month he drops the first two entries in his next series, Sharp on All 4 Corners. On the August single “Red Cup,” he uses surprising accents and a curvaceous drawl to add buoyancy to a shadowy ratchet instrumental. —Leor Galil
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