Revenue Retrievin': Graveyard Shift
Label: Heavy On The Grind Ent.
Bay Area rap kingpin E-40 is on a tear -- this is his fourth hour-plus missive in one year (released alongside Overnight Shift to complement 2009's Day Shift/Night Shift double shot). His taffy-pulling, slang-heavy wordplay is a glorious constant; Graveyard offers grim recession-era tales of struggle ("Trapped" is a killer) with only the occasional attempt at a pop hit (see "Club on Lock" or the T-Pain assist "Serious") he neither needs nor possibly even wants. Everyone from Tech N9ne to Bun B to someone named Choose Up Cheese drops by, but 40's laser-focused hustler babble shines through.