Rapper E-40, second from right, with Strange Music’s Travis O’Guin, far right, and others. (@SFGiants)
It wouldn’t exactly be a surprise to see rapper E-40 show up in the stands to cheer on the San Francisco Giants in the World Series. In San Francisco, at least. He’s a devoted Giants fan who hails from Vallejo, about 30 miles away.
It is a bit of a surprise, though, to see E-40 sitting behind home plate at World Series Game 6 in Kansas City. But look at your TV. He’s right there. He’s dressed in black with a black-and-orange Giants cap twisted sideways.
E-40’s Bay Area love can never be questioned, he’s a pillar of the rap scene there who’s taken its signature sound national with hits such as “Tell Me When to Go” and “Sprinkle Me.”
You’ll recall that Kansas City rapper Tech N9ne was sitting behind home plate during Game 1 of the series and said his ticket cost $6,000. He was accompanied by Travis O’Guin. The two of them are business partners in K.C.-based Strange Music, Tech N9ne’s record label.
Well, O’Guin and two pals were sitting next to E-40 during Game 6, wearing “Take the Crown” T-shirts with the Strange Music logo on them. No doubt, they were giving 40 the business as the Royals jumped out to a big early lead.
Where was Tech N9ne? Well, he’s on tour in Oregon, otherwise his friend E-40 might not have a seat. Marlins Man, the other behind-home-plate World Series fixture, was a few seats over, if you’re wondering.
We can only hope this somehow marks the beginning of Marlins Man’s rap career.