Those unfamiliar with rap culture might find it improbable to learn that Vallejo has a pin in it on the international rap map. But it does, thanks in large part to the 20-years-and-counting recording career of E-40 (Earl Stevens). The man is also known for his colorful turns of phrase, giving Snoop Dogg the basis for his mainstream “shizzle” speak and responsible for more than a few mind-flipping terms that have caught on in the urban community. E-40 has appeared on platinum albums by popular national artists, and has one platinum and three gold albums of his own, making him (and friend Too $hort) a common reference point for our region in the hip-hop world. He’s even got his own thirst-quenching drink, the brightly hued 40 Water. He’s currently in the kitchen marinating on... More >>>