Earl Stevens, more prominently recognized by his moniker E-40, is an American rapper, actor, investor, entrepreneur, and author. He is renowned as the founder of Ѕісk Wіd іt Rесоrdѕ and the successful E-40 beer brand, showcasing his multifaceted talents and business acumen.
Commencing his career as an underground artist, E-40 soared to mainstream prominence with his hit single “Tell Me When to Go” and an impressive catalog of 28 studio albums.
His artistic prowess extended beyond music, as he made notable appearances on various movie soundtracks and collaborated with esteemed artists such as Young Jeezy, Spice 1, Mac Mall, and others.
As his fame burgeoned, E-40 solidified his name on a national scale through consistent album releases and establishing a reputation as a shrewd entrepreneur in the business industry.
Early Life and Career Beginnings
Born on November 15, 1967, in California, there are scant records of E-40’s early life. His musical journey commenced at the age of nineteen, culminating in a debut EP titled “Let’s Slide.”
His breakthrough to nationwide recognition occurred in 1995 with the release of his solo album, “In a Major Way.” Subsequently, E-40 collaborated with prominent artists, elevating his popularity with the release of the Lil John-produced album “Tell Me When to Go.”
E-40’s Prolific Career and Ventures
E-40’s illustrious career took flight with his debut in 1986, followed by a string of successful studio album releases that propelled him to greater heights. Among his notable works are “The Hall of Game” in 1996 and “The Surprise Element” in 1998, among others.
In addition to his music career, E-40 ventured into the film industry, entrepreneurship, and writing. He franchised a Fatburger restaurant in Pleasant Hill, California, although it closed after a few years due to business operational challenges. He also authored a book titled “E-40’s Book of Slang.”
Further showcasing his entrepreneurial acumen, E-40 launched his line of beer brands, including E-40 beer, energy drinks, wine, and cocktail beverages. He also ventured into investments with prominent companies such as Microsoft and became the spokesperson for Landy Cognac.
E-40’s Personal Life and Achievements
Earl Stevens has been married to Tracey Stevens for nearly thirty years, with their son, Earl Stevens Jr., born on February 18, 1988. He has maintained a reputable and controversy-free image throughout his career.
While E-40 has received recognition for his music through awards such as the BET Hip Hop Award for Best Club Banger and Teen Choice Award, his major achievements also encompass his ventures outside of music. His book and beer brand have further contributed to his undeniable success.
E-40’s Staggering Net Worth
With a net worth estimated at over $12 million, E-40’s fortune stems from music album sales, concerts, and music tours. His entrepreneurial ventures in the beverage industry, along with his endeavors in film and television, have added to his substantial wealth, making him a truly accomplished and versatile artist. E-40 continues to earn high praise and appreciation from music critics and adoring fans, solidifying his position as a prominent figure in the rap genre.