"'Tha Hall of Game,' with all of its bright moments, kick-started Earl Stevens’ legacy — a showpiece enshrined in a sterling catalog. The record was another level up into the mainstream consciousness, ballooning his rebrand further in a locale where he was already king. Twenty-five years later, it comes as a more revealing record, a mark of growth under a veneer of player anthems and boundless slang. E-40 jostled himself into rap immortality with this release, which remains legendary — expertly calculated in every sense and impossible to ignore, a West Coast power move by Earl and the Stevens family."