E-40 Breaks Down His 25 Most Essential Songs

E-40 “Carlos Rossi” (1992)

Produced by: Studio Ton

E-40: "My momma was working very hard, doing three jobs...she just worked her butt off, man. On the weekends she started to play this song called 'Living for the Weekend.' She'd sit down and reminisce. She was a single parent, even though my daddy never left our life...and her stress reliever was always drinking wine. She would have [Carlo Rossi] Rhine, she didn't have the Burgundy. She would have the Rhine and as I got older, she would drink that and relax her mind and live for the weekend. So that's how that came about.

“On one of my songs on Down and Dirty, the album with The Click, was a song called “Let's Get Drunk.” And I have a line where I say, "Perkin' off some of that top of the line wine, Carlos Rossi." So I told Studio Ton, take that part and sample that. Take my voice and let's sample it and slow it down—and this is before Screw music was out. DJ Screw and them, they used to listen to me, in Houston. And this is 1992, and you gotta remember, it was screwed. It was like [in slowed and throwed voice] "tooop off the lliiine winnne carlos rossi"—see what I'm saying! It was slowed up. So what happened was, we took that and turned it into a song, like painted a picture. Me, B-Legit, and Studio Ton took that beat and made the slap. And there it is: classic music.”

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