We took most of your box of Shot Paks to the Jamboree. They were an unqualified hit! I probably hit 60 different (influential) people with them, and all asked where?????? I said new and to keep their eyes open!
It was funny because we were in camp 3+ days. One of the guys put all their GLASS beers into a cooler and Jeep'd 200 yards to the river. EVERY one was broken...LOL... This is definitely the market for your products. Too bad it is just too hard to do on-site marketing, unless we can figure it out. etc. It was given to a couple magazine editors and they all questioned themselves if they could put it in their magazine.....????? Go figure. They had never thought about it.
P.S. Everyone thought the quality of booze was excellent!...and breathtaking! TaKillYa, Rum, and Whisky were the favorites! Only one mentioned a zipper for sipping...
P.P.S. I consumed TWO in the meal line one night (45 minutes) and was diagnosed as pretty drunk.....from another drunk.... But I don't do booze too well anymore! LOL
THANKS for sharing something NEW!
Dear Mr. Murray,
How are you doing? I'm Joan Lin, the translator for our company. It was nice to meet you in Shantou and thank you very much for your small gift of ShotPak vodka! I drank it just now ( without adding any Sprite) and can't wait to tell you that the flavour of it is so marvellous!
I believe this kind of product will become popular in China because nowadays, many people in our country travel a lot and it is very convenient for them to carry a ShotPak while travelling, just to enjoy life! So why not try opening up the China market for this series?
Thanks again! I hope you will succeed in your new project and your trip to China will be rewarding! Looking forward to seeing you next time!
Sincerely yours, Joan Lin
“Just this last week I ordered some of the ShotPaks for a weekend with friends in Glamis (OHV BLM Park). They were an ABSOLUTE HIT!!! Everyone loved them! Men and woman alike. We are not allowed to have glass products while in the park area, and respect that law. Also while riding quads or driving our sandcars, it's was great not to worry about glass breaking (or getting caught with the glass). Plus the woman loved the small size, quick-fix beverage, instead of drinking a whole beverage. It's going to become a "STAPLE" with our group for the dessert and the river. Anyway, I live in Redlands, CA and ordered from the E-Store through the website. This directed me to "Hi Time Wine" out of Costa Mesa, and when I talked to Keith last week he did not have the new flavors yet. What I'd like to know is where I can get the new flavors of Cosmo, Mojito, and Martini ShotPaks. Have the been released yet somewhere else? I want to place an order today for what I got last time, and would like to order these flavors also. Thanks you for your assistance...and offering such a "FUN" product! Good luck with continued sales.
“Having tested ShotPak® at many venues, once you have distribution throughout the U.S. this product could be monumentally huge. The response we get from fans and bar owners is more than overwhelming. You are sitting on top of a goldmine here. Early Pearl is more than proud to be endorsed by your company and product and '09 should be huge.”
Years Active: 1996-2008
Member of: The Click
Synonymous with Bay Area rap, E-40 garnered a regional following, and eventually a national one, with his flamboyant raps, while his entrepreneurial spirit, embodied by his homegrown record label, Sick Wid' It Records, did much to cultivate a flourishing rap scene to the east of San Francisco Bay, in communities such as Oakland and his native Vallejo. Along with Too Short, Spice 1, and Ant Banks, E-40 was among the first Bay Area rappers to sign a major-label deal, penning a deal with Jive Records in 1994, after years of releasing music independently, going back as far as 1990, when Sick Wid' It released Let's Side, a four-track EP by the Click, a group comprised of E-40, his cousin B-Legit, his brother D-Shot, and his sister Suga T. Throughout the '90s and into the early 2000s, E-40 and his Sick Wid' It associates released a series of albums on Jive, and though they weren't big sellers nationally, they were well received regionally and proved highly influential, on not only the West Coast but also in the South, thanks in part to Master P, who began his No Limit Records empire in the Bay Area (i.e., Richmond) in the early to mid-'90s before relocating it to New Orleans. E-40's ties to the South became more direct in the mid-2000s, when, upon the expiration of his deal with Jive, he partnered with Atlanta rapper/producer Lil Jon and his BME Recordings label, in association with Warner Brothers. The first album to be released as part of this partnership, My Ghetto Report Card (2006), was E-40's most successful in years. Concurrently, the Bay Area rap scene, with its so-called hyphy style, was growing in popularity nationally, and there was no bigger champion of the Bay and its style than E-40, whose innumerable guest features helped foster the scene and whose son, producer Droop-E, had grown to become one of hyphy's foremost practitioners.
Born Earl Stevens on November 15, 1967, in Vallejo, CA, E-40 made his rap debut in 1990 on Let's Side, a four-track EP by the Click, a group comprised of E-40, his cousin B-Legit, his brother D-Shot, and his sister Suga T. The EP was co-produced by Mike Mosley and Al Eaton and was released on Sick Wid' It Records, an independent label founded by E-40. In 1993 E-40 made his solo album debut, Federal, a nine-track LP/14-track CD produced by Studio Ton and released by Sick Wid' It Records in association with SMG (Solar Music Group), a regional distributor. Then in 1994, on the strength of the regionally popular independently released single "Captain Save a Hoe" (aka "Captain Save 'Em Thoe"), from the six-track Mail Man EP, E-40 signed a recording contract with Jive Records, the home of Bay Area pioneer Too Short since 1987. Jive re-released "Captain Save a Hoe" on 12" and also re-released the Mail Man EP, adding two bonus tracks; all the songs on the EP, including "Captain Save a Hoe," were produced by Studio Ton, except one of the bonus tracks, "Ballin' Out of Control," which was produced by Mike Mosley and Sam Bostic. In 1995 Jive released four E-40 albums: a re-release of Down and Dirty, a 1994 album by the Click; Game Related, a newly recorded album by the Click; a reconfigured version of Federal, his 1993 solo debut; and In a Major Way, a newly recorded album produced by Studio Ton, Mike Mosley/Sam Bostic, and Funk Daddy. Of these numerous releases, In a Major Way proved E-40's breakthrough; featuring a collaboration with fellow Bay Area hardcore rappers 2Pac, Mac Mall, and Spice 1, "Dusted 'n' Disgusted," in addition to several songs that would also become fan favorites ("Da Bumble," "Sideways," "Sprinkle Me," "1-Luv"), the album was very well received regionally and took the rapper's career to a new level of respectability.
Beginning with Tha Hall of Game (1996), E-40 released six additional solo albums on Jive -- The Element of Surprise (1998), Charlie Hustle: The Blueprint of a Self-Made Millionaire (1999), Loyalty and Betrayal (2000), Grit & Grind (2002), Breakin News (2003) -- plus one further album by the Click, Money &am;p Muscle (2001). Over the course of these albums, E-40 maintained his regional following and picked up additional fans nationally, yet he never did break into the mainstream. Besides "Captain Save a Hoe," only two of his Jive singles ever charted on the Billboard Hot 100 ("1-Luv," 1995; "Things'll Never Change," 1996), and following his initial burst of popularity from 1994 to 1996, his sales generally declined from one album to the next. E-40's career isn't well measured by chart hits and album sales, though, for he more or less remained an underground rapper, albeit one with a major-label contract, working almost exclusively with an inner circle of Bay Area rappers and producers. His long list of guest features is representative of his popularity (not to mention his generosity), as practically every regional act sought his presence. A guest feature by E-40 gave an unknown West Coast rapper instant credibility, even if it didn't amount to a national hit. During the late '90s, E-40 also began being featured as a guest on Southern rap albums (for example, appearing on 8ball's Lost, Master P's MP Da Last Don, and Scarface's My Homies in 1998 alone).
E-40's ties to the South became most clear in 2006, after the expiration of his contract with Jive, when he partnered with Lil Jon and his BME Recordings label for My Ghetto Report Card, released in association with Warner Brothers. The album -- featuring production from Lil Jon as well as Bay Area beatmakers Droop-E, Rick Rock, Studio Ton, and Bosko -- was E-40's most successful in years, arguably since Tha Hall of Game (1996) or even In a Major Way (1995), and it marked his return to the Billboard Hot 100 for the first time in a decade, with a pair of impressively charting singles: "Tell Me When to Go," featuring Keak da Sneak (number 35), and "U and Dat," featuring T-Pain (number 13). ~ Jason Birchmeier, All Music Guide