A Bay Area family affair, The Click is a four-member hip-hop posse from Vallejo, California, headed up by rapperE-40 (Earl Stevens) and including his brotherD-Shot, sisterSuga T, and cousinB-Legit, who grew up in the same household. Though he first achieved solo success,E-40 actually began his career with the group, which was formed in 1986 as the Most Valuable Players and performed at a Grambling State University talent show. The response encouraged the group to rename itself and get down to business, and they released a single called "The King's Men."
Meanwhile,E-40 - earning his nickname of Charlie Hustle - followed the path of many other successful entrepreneurs, selling tapes from the trunk of his car in the late '80s. (He did so, however, while also managing a family run clothing store and working a day job at an oil refinery).E-40 started his own label, Sick Wid It Records, that put out a couple of The Click's cassettes and the group's official debut,Down & Dirty.
In 1993, the perseverance paid off asE-40 landed a guest spot onSpice 1's187 He Wrote and got the attention of Jive Records, which signed a distribution deal with Sick Wid It. After the 1994 success ofThe Mail Man,E-40's first album for the label, Jive released Click's major-label debut,Game Related, the following year. But thanks toE-40's solo career, plus the solo outings of The Click's three other members, it was six years before a follow-up saw the light of day.Money & Muscle, which was finally released in the summer of 2001, saw the group once again serving up heavy bottomed West Coast G-funk with occasionally lighthearted lyrics, such as "Hector da Ho Protector," a direct descendant ofE-40's 1994 hit "Captain Save a Ho."
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