Bay Area veteran spitter E-40 has just released his latest album, The D-Boy Diary Books 1&2.

The release of the records are a big accomplishment for 40 Water, who has been a major influencer in hip-hop since the release of his debut, Mr. Flamboyant back in the late 80s. Since then, he's laid the blueprint for independent record labels and rapers through his Sic Wid It imprint, influenced the sound and style of hip-hop through his vernacular and presence and established himself as one of the most consistent rappers to ever enter the game, alongside mainstays including Scarface and Busta Rhymes. In short, he's had a career worthy of prominent recognition an respect, and his latest effort continues to showcase that.

“These are my 26th and 27th solo albums and I feel real good," 40 says. "I played my position, I laced the unlaced, I’m telling my stories and other people’s stories all in one, about being brought up how I was brought up. It’s a blessing to be a rapper and talk about things that I’ve been through or my partnas or family been through and how we’ve conquered it. I’m very grateful about how my career has turned out.”

He continues by offering advice to up and comers.

“If I were to give advice to young rappers trying to make a career, I would say to take this music seriously and really put your all into it," he says. "Surround yourself with positive people who will tell you if you’re right or wrong. If you have a bunch of ‘Yes Sirs,’ everything ain’t gon’ fall into place. Don’t depend on the CEO and the record label; help the CEO out by helping yourself out.”

Earlier this week, the Vallejo rhymer released the video for "Savage" featuring his cousin, veteran rapper B-Legit and Memphis-bred producer Jazze Pha.

You can purchase 40's latest album via iTunes. Stream the album below.

 

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