Not only is Matthew Africa one of our favourite people, but without question he makes some of our favourite ever mixtapes! After taking on and delivering the greatest possible odes to legends like DJ Quik, Too Short, Gang Starr and his frankly unimpeachable R.Kelly mix, he's finally brought it all the way home to the ultimate icon of his Bay Area homeland – E-40. The timing couldn't be better for this retrospective, with the arrival of 3 new, sure to be epic, E-40 albums next Tuesday – 'The Block Brochure' – to power us through 2012 with over 50 futuristic slaps.
Once again, Matthew has delivered something truly special and timeless and most crucially befitting of someone with the career of 40 Water. The man puts it so well himself:
"However you want to measure it– originality, influence, inventiveness, longevity, personality, skill– E-40 is one of the greatest rappers of all time.
This mix is a tribute to him in the tradition of my previous mixes devoted to DJ Quik, R. Kelly, Gang Starr and Too $hort (the latter with DJ Eleven). If you've heard any of them, you know I go all out– meticulously selecting, sequencing and mixing songs to put together the best possible representation of those artists' music. This mix is no exception.
I chose 40 songs from all eras of E-40's career, from 1990's "Let's Side" to his current single, "Function". His catalog is so vast and deep that picking just 40 songs to represent him was incredibly tough, but I've tried to fit in everything from mob slumpers and album sleepers to radio and club hits. Obviously, there are a lot of other classic songs that could have been on here but aren't; I picked the ones that to me best embody his work as a whole. Or are just ones I really love"
– Matthew Africa
There ain't much left for me to say, as both Matthew and of course the incredible music in this 40 (of course!) track mix says it all. Just want to give a quick shout out to our friend Stephanie Gardner on the dope artwork, make sure you check out Matthew Africa's amazing website containing nothing but knowledge and beautiful music and then – HIT THAT LINK!