E-40 has made a six-figure donation to his alma mater Grambling State University and the HBCU has honored him by naming a campus recording studio after him.
The Bay Area legend made the trip to Grambling, Louisiana on Friday (February 3) to present the check to the university which he hopes will help bolster the school’s music programs and support their marching band.
However, what he didn’t know when he pulled up, was that Grambling State University leaders would return the favor and name a brand new recording studio after him as he christened the Earl “E-40” Stevens Sound Recording Studio.
E-40 once attended the HBCU in the mid-’80s before going on to becoming a rap legend and 40 hopes he can do the same when inspiring the next generation of students to chase their own musical dreams.
.@E40 donates $100K to HBCU alma mater & gets recording studio named after him 🙌https://t.co/FoC4kyecyopic.twitter.com/rSwKGrtDzc
— HipHopDX (@HipHopDX) February 3, 2023
“Hey man, I feel good about it too. How about that? I feel really good and God is great, right,” he said earlier Friday.
“Music is my passion. Music is therapeutic and healing… Every day on my block was a movie. Just something going on whether people arguing in the middle of the night, couples in the middle of the street saying crazy stuff.”
40 continued: “Especially in the ’80s era and that was a time for me to get the hell out of there and God work in mysterious ways. Wasn’t that I had to — I’ve always been open-minded. It’s an honor and a pleasure to be back at the school I attended many moons ago. A lot of things have changed but not a lot.”
It’s been a busy yet fruitful start to the year for E-40, who joined the Golden State Warriors on their celebratory trip to the White House last month. He was also named in Billboard‘s greatest rappers of all-time list, although he admits to still feeling underrated.
The Bay Area legend took to Twitter with a message regarding his placement on the list, which saw him come in at No. 41.
“Appreciate the recognition from @billboard & @VibeMagazine for their 50 Greatest Rappers of All-Time list,” E-40 wrote. “Still feel underrated nationally but nobody can deny my longevity, independent hustle, my unorthodox style and creative slang in this rap game!!”