E-40‘s career has been nothing short of impressive, and the rapper has now had a day and street named after him while also receiving the key to his home city.
On Saturday (October 21), the Bay Area rap legend received a proclamation from Vallejo mayor Robert McConnell to officially designate October 21, 2023 as “E-40 Day
In addition to receiving a key to the city of Vallejo, Magazine Street — the street upon which the rapper grew up on — was officially renamed “E-40 Way” in a ceremony that took place right outside the very home he lived in as a kid. Those in attendance included 40’s group The Click, some of his longtime producers and engineers, Mistah F.A.B., and a number of the rapper’s family and friends.
“Never in my wildest dreams did I ever expect to have my childhood street in Vallejo named after me!” E-40 wrote on Instagram alongside photos and a video from the street sign unveiling. “Don’t ever give up on your dreams! Thank you to the @CityofVallejo.”
According to a press release, E-40 is “only the second recipient in Vallejo, California’s 173-year history to receive a key to the city.” The accolade was imparted on 40 Water in recognition of “his contributions as a musician, entrepreneur and philanthropist.”
The ceremony also highlighted the fact that 2023 marked the30-year anniversary of E-40’s debut studio album, Federal, which kicked off his journey to rap stardom.
E-40 (real name Earl Stevens) was born and raised in Vallejo until he graduated from high school. He will join fellow rap icons 2Pac and Too $hort in having a street named after him in the Bay Area.
The 55-year-old MC has been racking up distinctions that speak to his influence in Hip Hop. In May, E-40 received an honorary doctorate degree in music from his alma mater, Grambling State University in Louisiana.
The “Tell Me Where to Go” hitmaker was invited to accept his degree at GSU’s graduation ceremony, where he also offered words of wisdom and encouragement to the outgoing class.
“This means so much to me, man, being from Magazine Street – 1300 block [of] Vallejo, California, ya understand me? The Bay Area,” E-40 told the crowd.
This means so much ’cause I came a long way. I wanna thank God first and foremost. Always. It is with great honor and gratitude that I accept this honorary doctorate in music. I would like to express my appreciation to the administration…”