Of all the titles that E-40 could be associated with, pioneer might be the most accurate. From the Bay Area, the rapper born Earl Stevens has been in the game since the late 1980s and has maintained relevancy the whole time. With his one of a kind style and voice, became an independent Bay Area icon and later reached national success with his 2006 hit song “Tell Me When To Go” featuring Keak Da Sneak. The song would go on to bring the hyphy movement and sound into the mainstream as well. As of lately, E-40 has continued his independent hustle and has become known for releasing multiple albums at once, supporting newer artists, and even breaking into the alcohol industry.