Rap legend E-40 still commands an uncanny level attention and respect after being in the game for almost 30 years. A strong example of 40 Water’s ability to hold our attention is “Somebody,” the newest visual from Book 1 of his 2016 double-album The D-Boy Diaries Book 1 & 2. “Somebody” finds E-40 screening clips of his historic career in a gorgeous theater, pensively observing his life story from a balcony seat. Featuring soaring, emotive vocals from Ricco Barrino, E-40 delivers slick rhymes in his signature style over production by ProHoeZak.
On “Somebody,” E-40 reflects on the decisions he’s made throughout his life, with “Got a couple of kids to raise/So it’s a Catch-23/Should I get a job/Or go back to pushin’ the D?/Should I call my plug/And ask him to front me a key?/Should I get my recommendation/Papers for trees.”