The Element of Surprise

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The Element of Surprise
E-40 - The Element of Surprise.jpg
Studio album by E-40
Released August 11, 1998
Recorded 1997–1998
Genre Hip hop
Length 107:59
Label Jive, Sick Wid It
Producer Ant Banks (exec.), Big Tyme, Bosko, Dave 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
The Element of Surprise
Charlie Hustle: The Blueprint of a Self-Made Millionaire
Singles from The Element of Surprise
  1. "Hope I Don't Go Back"
    Released: July 30, 1998
  2. "From the Ground Up"
    Released: November 12, 1998
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2.5/5 stars[1]
The Source 4/5 stars[2]

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.[3] 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 thirty three times Platinum and won a total of 71 Grammys. In 2013 E-40 ranked what he considers to be his ten best albums, and named The Element of Surprise as his best album overall.[4]

Track listing[edit]

Disc 1 (Yellow)
No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "The Element of Surprise" Rick Rock 4:21
2. "Trump Change" Big Tyme 4:30
3. "All Tha Time" (featuring B-Legit) Bosko 3:21
4. "Dump, Bust, Blast" (featuring Marco Aleotti) Bosko 4:11
5. "Hope I Don't Go Back" (featuring Otis & Shug) Ant Banks 4:38
6. "$999,999 + $1 = A Mealticket" (featuring Marco Aleotti) Rick Rock 4:32
7. "Money Scheme" (featuring Jayo Felony) Bosko 6:20
8. "Zoom" Bosko 4:09
9. "Mayhem" (featuring A-1) Rick Rock 5:09
10. "Personal" (featuring Levitti, D-Shot, Suga-T & The Mossie) Studio Ton 4:31
11. "My Hoodlumz & My Thugz" (featuring Mack 10 & WC) Keith Kinlow 4:44
Disc 2 (Orange)
No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "Do It To Me" (featuring Busta Rhymes) Tone Capone 3:40
2. "Lieutenant Roast A Botch" (featuring Sylk-E. Fyne) Studio Ton 4:41
3. "It's On, On Sight" (featuring C-Bo) Funk Daddy 4:13
4. "From The Ground Up" (featuring Too Short & K-Ci & JoJo) Ant Banks 4:52
5. "Flashin'" Studio Ton 4:54
6. "Doin' Dirt Bad" (featuring B-Legit) Bosko 4:24
7. "Broccoli" (featuring Otis & Shug) Ant Banks 4:07
8. "Jump My Bone" (featuring Bosko) Bosko 3:57
9. "Back Against The Wall" (featuring Master P) Bosko 4:16
10. "To Da Beat" Studio Ton 4:12
11. "Dirty Deeds" Dave Everingham & E-40 3:46
12. "Ballin' Outta Control" (featuring Levitti) Sam Bostic & Mike Mosley 4:22
13. "One More Gen" Sam Bostic 6:09
  • "Broccoli" contains a sample of "Your Love Takes Me Out" by Cameo.
  • "Do It to Me" contains a sample of "Do It to Me" by Vernon Burch.
  • "From the Ground Up" contains a sample of "Never Had a Love Like This Before" by Tavares.
  • "Hope I Don't Go Back" contains a sample of "Sun Goddess" by Ramsey Lewis.
  • "Jump My Bone" contains a sample of "Pistolgrip-Pump" by Volume 10.
  • "Lieutenant Roast a Botch" contains a sample of "Don't Fight the Feeling" by One Way and "Captain Save a Hoe" by E-40.
  • "To Da Beat" contains a sample of "Dope Fiend Beat" by Too Short.
  • "Zoom" contains a sample of "Zoom" by Commodores.


Chart (1998) Peak
US Billboard 200[5] 13
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[6] 2


  1. ^ Stephen Thomas Erlewine. "The Element of Surprise - E-40 - Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards - AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 24 November 2014. 
  2. ^ " The Element Of Surprise (EXPLICIT) (CD) by E-40 ...". Archived from the original on 2 October 2008. Retrieved 24 November 2014. 
  3. ^ ((( The Element of Surprise > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums ))). All Media Guide, LLC. Retrieved on 2009-12-30.
  4. ^ "E-40 Ranks His Top 10 Albums". 26 December 2013. Retrieved 24 November 2014. 
  5. ^ "E-40 – Chart history" Billboard 200 for E-40. Retrieved October 23, 2014.
  6. ^ "E-40 – Chart history" Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums for E-40. Retrieved October 23, 2014.