E-40 has become a fixture at Golden State Warriors games, sitting courtside with Tracey Stevens, his wife of 31 years. Today, he’s celebrating his special relationship with the San Francisco-based franchise with a new track titled “Front Row 40.” The song comes with a Jae Synth-directed visual treatment that splices shots of 40 and Stephens hanging out in an empty Chase Center with older clips of the Vallejo rapper dapping up Warriors stars Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green; dancing with Guy Fieri on the jumbotron; hanging out with Diddy at a San Jose Sharks game; walking on the grass at the Levi’s Stadium (home of the 49ers); and taking selfies behind home plate at Oracle Park (home of the Giants).
In short, he’s spreading the love to all Bay Area teams, though the Warriors are still his chief focus. “I love Bay Area teams, I’m a superfan / I’m sorta like Spike [Lee] and Jack Nicholson,” he raps in the new song’s second verse, referring to those men’s well-documented enthusiasm for the Knicks and Lakers, respectively.
“Front Row 40” arrives less than a week after the ultra-lyrical emcee was escorted out of Sacramento’s Golden 1 Center following a verbal altercation with a fan during a playoff game between the local Kings and his beloved Warriors. He initially called out the venue’s security staff for racial profiling, but on Wednesday (April 19), he and the Kings released a joint statement calling the incident an “unfortunate misunderstanding.”