It's an understatement to say that E-40 is well-known in Oakland, but he says his popularity in The Town pales in comparison to Steph Curry.
The Warriors star and the legendary Bay Area rapper shared a ride from Oracle Arena in the latest episode of Curry's "5 Minutes From Home" YouTube series. Curry opened the conversation talking about how leaving Oracle Arena and Oakland after this season is "a lot to deal with," before 40 chimed in with a memory of his own.
E-40 recounted sharing the cover of SLAM magazine with Curry this fall, as the sharpshooting point guard paid tribute to his decade in Oakland. The rapper said he's accustomed to being recognized, but he got a taste of normal life sharing space with Steph.
"I'm used to ... all the kids on me," he told Curry. "They're like, 'Steph! Steph!' I said, 'I'm finna take a step back and be a civilian today. I'm gonna kick on back and watch this s---, man. This s--- is crazy.'"
It's hard to top E-40 as far as famous native sons go. There might be no name in pop culture more synonymous with the East Bay -- or the Bay Area as a whole -- than him.
But what Oakland thinks about Steph? That's on another level, according to him.
"And they love you, bruh," he continued. "They love you sincerely, man. You play your position. You're involved with the youth when you give back, and that's what I love about the Warriors overall, too. Y'all always giving back. Always. Y'all got it together, man."
The Warriors have seven regular-season games remaining in Oakland, and however many more they host in the playoffs at Oracle Arena. If you ask E-40, it sounds like Curry will remain a legend in the Town long after.