Earl Tywone Stevens Sr. (born November 15, 1967) is an American rapper who goes by the stage name E-40. He is the founder of Sick Wid It Records and a founding member of the rap group the Click. To date, he has recorded 28 studio albums, appeared on various film soundtracks, and made guest appearances on a number of other rap albums. Initially an underground performer, his solo album In a Major Way, released in 1995, introduced him to a larger audience. He began working with mainstream rappers outside of the San Francisco Bay Area in 1998. His track “Tell Me When to Go,” produced by Lil Jon, catapulted him into national success in 2006.
Earl Tywone Stevens was born in the city of Vallejo in the state of California. He was reared by a divorced mother who worked three jobs, and he became interested in hip hop after hearing the Sugarhill Gang’s “Rapper’s Delight.” Stevens began playing the snare and bass drum in fourth grade. In 1985, he graduated from Vallejo’s James J. Hogan High School.
However, Stevens was a baseball player in high school, and he and his siblings produced music and sold it from the trunk of their car. Stevens enrolled at Grambling State University in 1986 with his cousin Brandt Jones after graduating from high school and attended for one year.
E-40 has 20 studio albums to his credit, as well as appearances on various movie soundtracks and guest appearances on other rap albums.
E-40 is also an entrepreneur and investor who has dabbled in various businesses and ventured into investments in firms like Microsoft. E-40 opened a Fatburger business in Pleasant Hill, California, with former NFL player Chester McGlockton, which was eventually closed.
E-40 is said to have an estimated net worth of $8 million