The Block Brochure: Welcome to the Soil 4

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The Block Brochure: Welcome to the Soil 4
Studio album by E-40
Released December 10, 2013
Recorded 2012–2013
Genre Hip hop
Length 55:41
Label Heavy on the Grind Entertainment
Producer Disko Boogie, League of Starz
E-40 chronology
History: Mob Music
(2012)
The Block Brochure: Welcome to the Soil 4
(2013)
The Block Brochure: Welcome to the Soil 5
(2013)
Singles from The Block Brochure: Welcome to the Soil 4
  1. "Episode"
    Released: October 22, 2013

The Block Brochure: Welcome to the Soil 4 is the eighteenth studio album by American rapper E-40. The album was released on December 10, 2013, by Heavy on the Grind Entertainment.[1][2] The album features guest appearances from Juicy J, Ty Dolla Sign, Droop-E, Work Dirty, Young Dro, Spodee, NHT Boyz, T.I., Chris Brown, King Harris, Cousin Fik, Choose Up Cheese, Webbie, J. Stalin, Bosko and Mike Marshall.

Background[edit]

On October 1, 2012, E-40 announced he would be releasing the The Block Brochure: Welcome To The Soil 4, 5 and 6 on March 26, 2013.[3] On June 12, 2013, the album covers were revealed for The Block Brochure: Welcome To The Soil 4, 5 and 6.[4] In June 2013, E-40 explained why he was releasing three album's in one day, saying:

"I’m a score and a nickel deep in the game! That’s 25 years with real studio albums on the shelf. If an artist can release two and three mixtapes a year for free, I can release two or three official studio albums a year for money. As an independent artist I do what I want, not what I can. I’m putting out three albums because I’ve got 3 decades of fans that I gotta satisfy. I’ve been through hella different eras of music and I survived successfully! It took William Shakespeare 20 years of experience to write Hamlet! I make Slaps and paint pictures with my raps and I’m in my prime with 25 years of experience. You ain’t gotta like me but you gotta respect me!"[4]

In a December 2013, interview with HipHopDX, E-40 spoke about the direction he went on the album, saying: "I just wanna keep it right in the pocket of what they been listening to with a new school twist, but keep the old school twist too. You feel me? So I want to make sure it's the right recipe. The right... When you dip your finger in that sauce, the seasoning is perfect."[5] In the same interview he spoke about how he decided who he would collaborate with on the album, saying: "You know, a lot of times, we get the beats early. The beat is always first. Us as artists, we like, "This the perfect beat. Do you know who would sound good on here? Big K.R.I.T. and Z-Ro." And I rock with 'em. I got love for 'em, so let's see if they can get on this with me, and that's how it all unfolds."[5]

In a December 2013, interview with XXL, E-40 spoke about the process of recording three album's, saying: "I’m not going to lie, this one was tough to do. To come back with 4, 5 and 6, three albums, it comes to a point where I can do one album standing on my head, easy. I’d probably have it done within three weeks or a month the way I work. The Block Brochure 4, 5 and 6, it was a trip because I did over a hundred songs and I shaved it all the way down to 42 songs. But I shaved it down because I wanted every song to poke out like nipples. And that’s what it’s doing. Just throw it in and just ride, just have a good time."[6]

He went on to discuss how long it took to record, saying: "You know, guest appearances help a lot. When you do a song with other artists—’cause everybody wants to hear another artist with their favorite artist­—one thing you got make sure is when you take that first verse and that second verse, you got to be a part of the whole song. Whether you on the hook on there talking or repeating the ad-libs, that’s one thing I learned to do over the years. Now just imagine, from March 2010 I dropped Revenue Retrievin’: Day Shift and Night Shift. Here it is, December 2013. Within that amount of time—just to show you my work progress—within that amount of time I dropped 10 solos and two duos, with me and Too $hort. So that’s 12 albums [from] March 2010 to now when The Block Brochure 4, 5, and 6 comes out. That’s three and a half years."[6]

He also spoke about the deadline for the release date, saying: "You know what’s the trip about it? At the end, I was trying to reach deadline, [and] then I said fuck that, we coming out December 10. Then I finally got stressed out after things was done. Ain’t that a trip? Neck got tight and shit. I’m like, it’s done, it’s turned in, I got my release date. I got my album done and all the covers. Everything is in promotions. But I guess it just caught up with me. But I’m back."[6]

He also spoke about some of the features on the album, saying: "I try to do collaborations that a lot of people don’t do. When it’s already predictable it’s not so much of a special song. I got a song with me, Big K.R.I.T. and Z-Ro ["In Dat Cup"]; me, T.I., and Chris Brown ["Episode"]. I never did a song with T.I., I always had love for him. We both had mutual respect for each other but never did one. Never did a song with Chris Brown singing. We did a rap song remix with him with “Function” [and] he killed it, that’s a great song too. My son Droop-E and Work Dirty, first of all they [on] Sick Wid’ It Records—my label—and they also family and always in the studio with me. Decades produced the beat, he family too. That was just one of those moments where it’s, “Lets come with it.” My boy Stressmatic came with the hook, “Yellow Gold.” Soon as he did the hook we was on the case. But that’s what it’s about, doing songs with people like me, Danny Brown and ScHoolboy Q ["All My Niggas"]. Three unique different styles, unorthodox, different voices, doing what everybody else don’t."[6]

Singles[edit]

On October 22, 2013, the album's first single "Episode" featuring T.I. and Chris Brown was released.[7] On December 17, 2013, the music video was released for "Thirsty" featuring King Harris.[8] On January 24, 2014, the music video was released for "Episode" featuring T.I. and Chris Brown.[9] On February 3, 2014, the music video was released for "Chitty Bang" featuring Juicy J and Ty Dolla Sign.[10]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[11]
HipHopDX 3/5 stars[12]

Upon its release, The Block Brochure: Welcome to the Soil 4 received generally positive reviews from music critics. Ronald Grant of HipHopDX gave the album three out of five stars, saying "All in all, E-40 has built an entire career out of Hip Hop that’s relatable, yet adventurous, playful and entertainingly repetitious. The Block Brochure: Welcome To The Soil Parts 4, 5, & 6 continues in that tradition. While it’s a lot to ask of today’s stunted attention spans and isn’t without lapses, The Block Brochure proves that E-40 is still more ahead of the curve at crafting imaginative Hip Hop music than many new artists can ever hope to be."[12] David Jeffries of AllMusic gave the album three and a half stars out of five, saying "What makes Pt. 4 unique is that it is low on star power, and yet it features a fine selection of solo E-40 tracks along with some lesser-known features that surprise. Biggest surprise has to be Cousin Fik and Choose Up Cheese on "Tree in the Load," with the NhT Boyz and the infectious "Thirsty" running a close second. The rest of the highlights come from radio-friendly folks like Juicy J ("Chitty Bang"), T.I. ("Episode"), and Webbie ("By Any Means"), all in charge of hooky club cuts."[11]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "Bamboo"     3:34
2. "Bendin Corners (Skee Skert)"   Lil Bonez 3:36
3. "Chitty Bang" (featuring Juicy J & Ty Dolla Sign) League of Starz 3:13
4. "Yellow Gold" (featuring Droop-E & Work Dirty) DecadeZ 3:35
5. "Shit Like That" (featuring Young Dro & Spodee)   4:36
6. "Ball Out" (featuring NHT Boyz)   3:52
7. "Episode" (featuring T.I. & Chris Brown) Disko Boogie 3:52
8. "Got That Line"     4:36
9. "Thirsty" (featuring King Harris)   3:41
10. "Tree in the Load" (featuring Cousin Fik & Choose Up Cheese)   3:46
11. "Candlelight"     3:27
12. "Stompdown (skit)"     0:18
13. "By Any Means" (featuring Webbie & J. Stalin)   3:40
14. "Money On My Mind" (featuring Bosko)   4:01
15. "Home Again" (featuring Mike Marshall)   5:53

Charts[edit]

Chart (2013) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[13] 136
US Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums (Billboard)[14] 19

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Block Brochure: Welcome To The Soil 4: Music". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2013-10-29. 
  2. ^ "E-40 – ‘The Block Brochure Parts 4, 5 & 6′ (Album Covers & Track Lists)". HipHop-N-More. 2013-01-24. Retrieved 2013-10-29. 
  3. ^ Horowitz, Steven J. (2012-10-01). "E-40 "The Block Brochure: Welcome To The Soil 4, 5 & 6" Release Date". HipHop DX. Retrieved 2013-10-29. 
  4. ^ a b "E-40 Reveals Cover Art For 'The Block Brochure: Welcome To The Soil' Parts 4, 5 & 6' - XXL". Xxlmag.com. 2013-06-12. Retrieved 2013-10-29. 
  5. ^ a b Aguilar, Andrea. "E-40 Considers Releasing His "Book Of Slang" As A Software App". HipHop DX. Retrieved 2013-12-10. 
  6. ^ a b c d "E-40 Says Nobody Tells Stories In Hip-Hop Anymore - XXL". Xxlmag.com. Retrieved 2013-12-13. 
  7. ^ "iTunes - Music - Episode (feat. T.I. & Chris Brown) - Single by E-40". Itunes.apple.com. 2013-10-22. Retrieved 2013-10-29. 
  8. ^ Homie, Big (2013-12-17). "New Video: E-40 x King Harris “Thirsty”". Rap Radar. Retrieved 2014-01-26. 
  9. ^ "Video: E-40 f/ Chris Brown & T.I. – ‘Episode’". Rap-Up.com. 2010-10-18. Retrieved 2014-01-26. 
  10. ^ "Video: E-40 f/ Juicy J & Ty Dolla $ign – ‘Chitty Bang’". Rap-Up.com. Retrieved 2014-02-05. 
  11. ^ a b Review by David Jeffries (2013-12-10). "The Block Brochure: Welcome to the Soil, Pt. 4 - E-40 | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-01-26. 
  12. ^ a b Grant, Ronald. "E-40 - The Block Brochure: Welcome To The Soil 4, 5 & 6". HipHop DX. Retrieved 2013-12-17. 
  13. ^ "E-40 Album & Song Chart History" Billboard 200 for E-40. Prometheus Global Media.
  14. ^ "E-40 Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums for E-40. Prometheus Global Media.