An icon of hip-hop and a symbol of self-made success, E-40 is the godfather of Bay Area rap, mentoring and influencing young artists on the scene. Recruiting rising star and fellow Vallejo artist Yhung T.O., E-40 shares the video for “These Days,” a soulful slapper.
Rhyming over a horn-drenched ’80s-R&B-indebted shuffle, E-40 lays down some of his most colorful bars, slipping into Spanish in a particularly memorable section: “When I’m higher than Pluto, I eat menudo/Pastel de elote, might think I’m an esé/I sleep with my cuete, I’ll leave your ass wete/ Vallejo, Cali-harm-ya, 7-O-siete.”
In the video, 40 and T.O. enjoy an Oakland sunset before slipping to the club to spend time with some fine female friends. Premiered by XXL, “These Days” is the fourth high-quality video from “The Gift of Gab”, following “Wicked,” the Vince Staples- and G Perico-featuring “Ain’t Talkin Bout Nothing,” and the dancehall-inspired “One Night,” featuring Ty Dolla $ign and Konshens.
Last week, E-40 embarked on The Gift of Gab Tour. Spanning 21 dates across the west coast, The Gift of Gab Tour features special guests Nef The Pharaoh and OMB Peezy and will offer fans the opportunity to meet 40 at a special Meet & Eat with 40 and Trap Kitchen.