The Element of Surprise

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The Element of Surprise
Studio album by E-40
Released August 11, 1998
Recorded 1997-1998
1994 ("Ballin' Outta Control")
Genre West Coast hip hop, gangsta rap
Length 107:59
Label Jive, Sick Wid It
Producer Ant Banks(exec.), Big Tyme, Bosko, Dale Everingham, E-40 (exec.), Funk Daddy, Keith Kinlow, Mike Mosley, Rick Rock, Sam Bostic, Studio Ton, Tone Capone
E-40 chronology
Tha Hall of Game
(1996)
The Element of Surprise
(1998)
Charlie Hustle: The Blueprint of a Self-Made Millionaire
(1999)
Singles from The Element of Surprise
  1. "Hope I Don't Go Back"
    Released: March 23, 1998
  2. "From the Ground Up"
    Released: September 29, 1998
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]
The Source 4/5 stars[2]
Rap Pages 4/5 stars[3]

The Element of Surprise is the fourth studio album by American rapper E-40, released August 11, 1998 on Jive and Sick Wid It Records. The album features production by Ant Banks, Bosko, Mike Mosley, Rick Rock, Sam Bostic, Studio Ton & Tone Capone. It peaked at number 4 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and at number 13 on the Billboard 200.[4] The album features guest performances by fellow members of The Click: B-Legit, D-Shot and Suga-T, as well as Jayo Felony, C-Bo, Mack 10, WC, Busta Rhymes, Levitti and Master P. The second to last track, "Ballin' Outta Control", originally appeared on the 1994 EP, The Mail Man.

Along with a single, a music video was produced for the song "Hope I Don't Go Back", featuring Otis & Shug. A second single, "From the Ground Up", was also released as a music video, featuring Too Short, K-Ci & JoJo. The album eventually went Gold.

Track listing[edit]

Disc 1 (Yellow)[edit]

  1. "The Element of Surprise" – 4:21
  2. "Trump Change" – 4:30
  3. "All Tha Time" (feat. B-Legit) – 3:21
  4. "Dump, Bust, Blast" – 4:11
  5. "Hope I Don't Go Back" (feat. Otis & Shug) – 4:38
  6. "$999,999 + $1 = A Mealticket" – 4:32
  7. "Money Scheme" (feat. Jayo Felony) – 6:20
  8. "Zoom" – 4:09
  9. "Mayhem" (feat. A-1) – 5:09
  10. "Personal" (feat. Levitti, D-Shot, Suga-T & The Mossie) – 4:31
  11. "My Hoodlumz & My Thugz" (featuring Mack 10 & WC) – 4:44

Disc 2 (Orange)[edit]

  1. "Do It To Me" (feat. Busta Rhymes) – 3:40
  2. "Lieutenant Roast A Botch" (feat. Sylk-E. Fyne) – 4:41
  3. "It's On, On Sight" (feat. C-Bo) – 4:13
  4. "From The Ground Up" (feat. Too Short & K-Ci & JoJo) – 4:52
  5. "Flashin'" – 4:54
  6. "Doin' Dirt Bad" (feat. B-Legit) – 4:24
  7. "Broccoli" (feat. Otis & Shug) – 4:07
  8. "Jump My Bone" (feat. Bosko) – 3:57
  9. "Back Against The Wall" (feat. Master P) – 4:16
  10. "To Da Beat" – 4:12
  11. "Dirty Deeds" – 3:46
  12. "Ballin' Outta Control" (feat. Levitti) – 4:22
  13. "One More Gen" – 6:09

Samples[edit]

  • "Broccoli"
    • "Your Love Takes Me Out" by Cameo
  • "Do It to Me"
  • "From the Ground Up"
    • "Never Had a Love Like This Before" by Tavares
  • "Hope I Don't Go Back"
  • "Jump My Bone"
  • "Lieutenant Roast a Botch"
    • "Don't Fight the Feeling" by One Way
    • "Captain Save a Hoe" by E-40
  • "To Da Beat"
  • "Zoom"

Chart history[edit]

Chart (1998)[4] Peak
position
U.S. Billboard 200 13
U.S. Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 4

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