E-40's Elements Of Diversity

While most hip-hop artists take a good two to three years to write, record and tour behind a new album, all Bay area rapper E-40 needs is a mere handful of months.

E-40 is preparing to release "The Elements of Surprise," his fifth record in the last six years, although the rapper believes that the diversity of his new record marks a departure from his already substantial body of work.

"I've grown up," E-40 said in an interview with the MTV Radio Network, "and I'm looking at life different, but I still understand that it's a struggle out there. And I can [address that] through my music and that's what I did on this [album]. I got some stuff on there that'll make you cry. I got some stuff on there that'll make you get up and dance, and I got some stuff that'll make you just ride and do a hot one."

As we previously reported (see "Master P, Snoop And Busta Turn Up On E-40's New Album"), E-40's new 23-track,

double album features appearances from Master P, Snoop Doggy Dogg, Busta Rhymes and K-Ci & Jo Jo. The first single from the record, "I Hope I Don't Go Back," is already out to radio.