XXL recently announced that legendary west coast rhymers E-40 and Too Short will be releasing a full album together titled The History Channel. Although the duo has collaborated numerous times before, most recently on 2010 ‘s “Can’t Stop the Boss,” E-40 says that the two artists’ former label Jive never wanted to release a joint album between the two.

“We’ve been pretty successful every time we do a song,” he said. “So we been trying to do it. We both off of Jive records. He’s free and clear; I’m free and clear. No disrespect to Jive, we got love for them, [but] we wanted to do it years ago. For some strange reason they didn’t want to do it. We never could figure it out, but now we’re ready.”

He later added, “Short, that’s my rapping partner. We really friends. That’s my dude. We got a lot of respect for each other. He was before me, and I pay homage to him. A lot of new artists don’t pay homage to people before them, but I do.”

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The History Channel is expected to hit stores this summer on Sick Wid It/Up All Night/EMI Records.