“Magazine Street. Down Magazine. Tire marks on the pavement, row houses, covered windows, no landscaping, and speed bumps.”
From rapping about Magazine Street to receiving an honorary mention on Magazine Street, the local legend of Earl Stevens just keeps growing.
With a unanimous decision from Vallejo City Council members, the Vallejo-born multiplatinum rapper and entrepreneur — known to his legion of fans as E-40 — will be honored with E-40 Way, a mile of Magazine Street between Laurel Street and Old Glen Cove Road.
Stevens is proud of his Vallejo upbringing, and he isn’t shy about showing his love, donating to the Vallejo Salvation Army through turkeys for Thanksgiving and food donations to the homeless. The James J. Hogan High School alum donated over $10,000 in funding to the school’s marching band, and an additional 12,000 after the school was vandalized.
The hip-hop legend has been in the entertainment industry for over 30 years. His first group, The Click, debuted with the album “Down and Dirty” in 1992. The following year, Stevens debuted his first solo album, “Federal.” He has also entertained fans with singles like “Tell Me When to Go”, “U and Dat”, and “Choices”.
As an entrepreneur, Stevens has made a name for himself with a variety of wine and alcoholic beverage lines: E. Cuarenta Cerveza, E. Cuarenta Tequila, Tycoon Cognac, Kuiper Belt Bourbon, and Kuiper Belt Gin.
Friendship Missionary Baptist’s longest-serving pastor, Reverend Dr. Caroll Broadfoot, will also receive an honorary street. Dr. Broadfoot has served as pastor for 21 years and has grown the church congregation from 350 to 1,500 members.