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"Day Shift" and "Night Shift" - E-40

"Day Shift" and "Night Shift" - E-40 English, baby! Video Lesson

Date: Oct 18 2010

Themes: Celebrity, Time, Work

Grammar: Used to Do vs Be Used to


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For most people, a day at work doesn’t involve hanging out with Too Short, Snoop Dogg, and Björk. But as one of the most well-known rappers on the west coast, that’s exactly what E-40 got to do when he recorded his latest albums, Revenue Retrievin’: Day Shift and Revenue Retrievin’: Night Shift.

Rappers and fans alike love E-40’s creative use of language. In his nearly 20 years of recording, he has invented many slang terms that have been picked up by other artists and the general public. He has even talked about publishing a slang dictionary at some point!

We recently met up with the rapper at one of his concerts to talk about the work theme of his recent recordings. See if you can catch some of the slang he uses in this interview.

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Jason:  If you work the night shift, you work at night. If you work the day shift, you work in the daytime. Before he was a famous rapper, entertaining his fans at night, E-40 worked both the day shift and the night shift at different jobs. We talked about how this affects his music.

Jason:  Welcome to English, baby! I’m Jason, here with E-40. You released two albums earlier this year. What is the day shift and the night shift?

E-40:  First of all, revenue retrieving means chasing money. Going to get it. You know what I mean? Revenue retrievin’ day shift are those things that jump off in the daytime, revenue retrievin’ night shift are things that jump off at nighttime.

Jason:  You’ve been in the rap game a long time. Did you have a day job before your music career got started?

E-40:  My mama was a single parent. My daddy and my mama divorced when I was eight years old. And so I had to be, like, the daddy of the house. I had a paper route, I worked at Mickey D’s. You know, when I was young I was just a little hustla, rap was always my thing. As soon as I heard the Sugarhill Gang in 1979.

Jason:  Did you work the day shift and the night shift at your different jobs then?

E-40:  Yeah, I did. My mama used to work at Maggie’s Hamburgers and I’d be back there moppin’, mopping the floor, you know. Wiping down cabinets and what have you, you know, so. Washing walls there and everything. My life ain’t been no cakewalk. I could tell you a whole bunch of stuff. But that’s where we’re at right now.

Jason:  Well, sometimes they call the night shift “the graveyard shift,” and I was wondering if you could talk about why they call it that.

E-40:  I think it’s from twelve to eight? Anytime after twelve a.m? You see what I’m sayin’? So, that’s what it is, up all night, tryin’ to get my money orders right.

Jason:  Thanks so much, man! Can I get you to give me a high five and say “English, baby!”

E-40:  English, baby!


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E-40 explains that his albums called Revenue Retrievin’ are about the things people do to get money. Since your shift is the time of day you work, Day Shift is about things that happen in the daytime and Night Shift is about things that happen at night.

As a rapper touring the world, you could say E-40 usually works the night shift, since he performs at night. Before his music became popular, he had all sorts of different jobs doing things like making hamburgers and delivering newspapers. He has worked both the day shift and the night shift.

The graveyard shift is the early morning shift from about midnight to sunrise. E-40’s next album will be called Revenue Retrievin’: Graveyard Shift.

What shift do you work at your job? Do you like working at that time of day?

For more with E-40, visit his website, see what Ella thinks about his music in this lesson, or visit our blog.



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I normally work at daytime because im a sleepyhead.I cannot withstand to stay awake late at night.Some people here work in a graveyard shift like callcenters they are higher paid than those who work at daytime.

10:30 PM Oct 23 2010 |



South Korea


making money is good But …Day Shift,Night Shift….work..?

i tink its gonna very tired..

i like Day shft…^^

05:13 PM Oct 23 2010 |




Let's say I work the day shift monday-friday, but sometimes I have some extra work to do on weekends and if it's much work I can work all day long and also in the night. In other words, I work both day and night shifts but mostly day shifts.

11:11 AM Oct 20 2010 |



If you have nothing to hide you have nothing to worry about…I like truth speaking persons like E-40!

02:06 AM Oct 20 2010 |



lm workin th day shift and night shift somtime,you th early birds catch th best things,l learn lot of new word in this lesson thanks english baby

11:48 PM Oct 19 2010 |



Russian Federation

Sometimes I hope I'll be working at that part or time of day or night at which I want to work.

04:36 PM Oct 19 2010 |




i think that everybody that want to has enough money nowadays , have to have "Day Shift" and "Night Shift" , i have done that , i believe me , it help u to be responsible in all aspects..


01:44 AM Oct 19 2010 |

jolefrancaisSuper Member!


My is being weird, sometimes I work the day and the night shift. Myjob is very hard not cakewalk anyway if you're wanna get money you work like you could.

07:07 PM Oct 18 2010 |




Working day shift or night shift is very important to get our living regrardless of the hard work we have to persevere in order to get our gools in this life.

05:27 PM Oct 18 2010 |



life is no a cakewalk for us ,so we must to suitable it ,work hard everyday.

03:05 PM Oct 18 2010 |




we have to work , day or night especially when we have  children;;;;;;;;;; 

10:37 AM Oct 18 2010 |

Snazz De

Snazz De

United Kingdom

I think he really should bringout da slang dictionary.

10:33 AM Oct 18 2010 |




I like that story,interesting and i learned some new words,so thanks!

05:32 AM Oct 18 2010 |


Viet Nam

I work at the day shift. I like working at day time. But something actually must be done on the night shift. Ex, nobody goes to the dance bar at the day time right? In my country some job must be done on the graveyard shift. Ex, trade in market. Working is not cakewalk. It is normally hustla.

04:48 AM Oct 18 2010 |

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