E-40 “Practice Lookin’ Hard” (1993)
Produced by: Studio Ton
E-40: “‘Practice Looking Hard’ came from a song that Boots [Riley] had. He said a line in there, 'I got a mirror in my pocket and I practice looking hard.' So I called Boots up. I said, 'Boots it's a part of a song that I want to use off your record. Is that cool?' He was like, 'Man, it's cool, 40.' So I did it and I made sure that Boots was in the video with me shining, cause Boots is a good type of dude, and to this day he a good dude. I was like, lemme pay homage and have him in there, and I called Tupac down and got him in the video.
“And 'Practice Lookin Hard' was pretty much, back in them days one of those situations where everybody in the videos wasn't smiling too much. I mean we wasn't doing that much smiling in the late '80s, early '90s, because we really didn't have too much to smile about. It was ghetto children with attitudes. They have something to prove. We was going through it. I was much younger. I smile now because I'm living much better, and my life is not as crazy as it used to be. But back then, we would be mean mugging... See so now what I say is 'I used to practice looking hard but now I practice being solid.' That's my new little thing. I didn't really have to practice hard; I just used to look hard. Back in them days you'd look in the mirror and just be mean mugging, like, 'OK, lemme get my mean mug on.' I used to burn rubber at every light, mean mugging everything there was, cause that was my attitude. That's how we did back in them days. So I wrote the song to it."