E-40 is celebrating a full-circle moment after being honored in a street renaming ceremony in his hometown of Vallejo, California. Photos shared on Instagram of the Saturday (Oct. 21) event showed him on his old stomping grounds, surrounded by members of the community, as he took in the magnitude of the moment.
“Never in my wildest dreams did I ever expect to have my childhood street in Vallejo named after me! Don’t ever give up on your dreams!” he wrote while also giving the Bay Area city a special shoutout. Plans to honor the rap legend were first announced this summer. In July, the Vallejo City Council approved the renaming of a nearly one-mile stretch of Magazine Street, between Laurel and Old Glen Cove Road, to E-40 Way. The honorary street sign is located directly across the street from his childhood home.
The momentous occasion was made even more memorable as the animated hip hop icon was presented with a key to the city and resolutions paying tribute to his accomplishments. “Many times, a key has been used to express and honor people of significance to a city. I think ours is better representative of unlocking the promise of youth. Please remember, it is the youth whose future you are unlocking,” said Mayor Robert McConnell, as reported by the Times-Herald.
The philanthropist has maintained an active presence in his community throughout his career, having donated thousands of dollars worth of school supplies, hosting numerous holiday giveaways, and more. On his 2015 project Poverty And Prosperity, he paid homage to his roots on the EP opener, “Magazine Street.”
E-40 has a catalog spanning three decades in the industry and has released a slew of albums and mixtapes. In May, he celebrated an extraordinary feat when he shared that he had the most Billboard 200 charting albums in history with 33. Trailing behind him were heavy hitters such as JAY-Z, Snoop Dogg, Tupac, and Nas. “Numbers don’t lie; I’m just getting started,” he wrote in a post showcasing the milestone.
His latest single, “Life of the Party,” a collaboration with ALLBLACK, was released on Friday (Oct. 20). He is slated to drop volumes one and two of Rule of Thumb sometime in the near future. His last album, Ain’t Gone Do It / Terms and Conditions, with Too $Short came out in 2020.
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