E40 – I Hope I Don’t Go Back (Music Video)

The Element of Surprise is the fourth studio album by American rapper E-40, released August 11, 1998 on Jive and Sick Wid It Records. The album features production by Ant Banks, Bosko, Mike Mosley, Rick Rock, Sam Bostic, Studio Ton & Tone Capone. It peaked at number 4 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and at number 13 on the Billboard 200. The album features guest performances by fellow members […]

The Element of Surprise is the fourth studio album by American rapper E-40, released August 11, 1998 on Jive and Sick Wid It Records. The album features production by Ant Banks, Bosko, Mike Mosley, Rick Rock, Sam Bostic, Studio Ton & Tone Capone. It peaked at number 4 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and at number 13 on the Billboard 200. The album features guest performances by fellow members of The ClickB-LegitD-Shot and Suga-T, as well as Jayo FelonyC-BoMack 10WCBusta RhymesLevitti and Master P. The second to last track, “Ballin’ Outta Control”, originally appeared on the 1994 EPThe Mail Man.

Along with a single, a music video was produced for the song “Hope I Don’t Go Back”, featuring Otis & Shug. A second single, “From the Ground Up”, was also released as a music video, featuring Too ShortK-Ci & JoJo. The album eventually went Gold.

Disc 1 (Yellow)

  1. “The Element of Surprise” – 4:21
  2. “Trump Change” – 4:30
  3. “All Tha Time” (feat. B-Legit) – 3:21
  4. “Dump, Bust, Blast” – 4:11
  5. “Hope I Don’t Go Back” (feat. Otis & Shug) – 4:38
  6. “$999,999 + $1 = A Mealticket” – 4:32
  7. “Money Scheme” (feat. Jayo Felony) – 6:20
  8. “Zoom” – 4:09
  9. “Mayhem” (feat. A-1) – 5:09
  10. “Personal” (feat. LevittiD-ShotSuga-T & The Mossie) – 4:31
  11. “My Hoodlumz & My Thugz” (featuring Mack 10 & WC) – 4:44

Disc 2 (Orange)

  1. “Do It To Me” (feat. Busta Rhymes) – 3:40
  2. “Lieutenant Roast A Botch” (feat. Sylk-E. Fyne) – 4:41
  3. “It’s On, On Sight” (feat. C-Bo) – 4:13
  4. “From The Ground Up” (feat. Too Short & K-Ci & JoJo) – 4:52
  5. “Flashin'” – 4:54
  6. “Doin’ Dirt Bad” (feat. B-Legit) – 4:24
  7. “Broccoli” (feat. Otis & Shug) – 4:07
  8. “Jump My Bone” (feat. Bosko) – 3:57
  9. “Back Against The Wall” (feat. Master P) – 4:16
  10. “To Da Beat” – 4:12
  11. “Dirty Deeds” – 3:46
  12. “Ballin’ Outta Control” (feat. Levitti) – 4:22
  13. “One More Gen” – 6:09

Samples

  • “Broccoli”
    • “Your Love Takes Me Out” by Cameo
  • “Do It to Me”
    • “Do It to Me” by Vernon Burch
  • “From the Ground Up”
    • “Never Had a Love Like This Before” by Tavares
  • “Hope I Don’t Go Back”
    • “Sun Goddess” by Ramsey Lewis
  • “Jump My Bone”
    • “Pistolgrip-Pump” by Volume 10
  • “Lieutenant Roast a Botch”
    • “Don’t Fight the Feeling” by One Way
    • “Captain Save a Hoe” by E-40
  • “To Da Beat”
  • “Zoom”

Chart history

Chart (1998) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard 200 13
U.S. Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 4


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