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Flying High With Curren$y on the Pilot Talk Trilogy Tour

The modern age of music has brought along quite a few welcome advancements, such as virtual reality music videos and streaming services that grant you access to a world of musical possibilities for one low monthly price.

But the fight for subscribers has created a war over streaming rights fought with licenses and exclusive releases that sometimes leave fans in the dark. For example, I’ve written countless strongly worded letters to the offices of Spotify in an attempt to get three of my favorite projects finally added to the streaming platform. For the record, those three elusive projects were Future’s Purple Reign (and Monster for that matter, but mainly just for “Codeine Crazy”), Travis Scott’s Days Before Rodeo, and Curren$y’s iconic smoking album, Pilot Talk.

currensy-crowdIn mid-June, my wish finally came true for one of my white whale classics, as Spitta resolved his long-fought battle over the rights to his pivotal set of work and finally delivered on his promise to provide all three iterations of the series to fans, no matter their streaming orientation.

To honor the digital freedom of his most celebrated work, Curren$y announced the Pilot Talk Trilogy Tour, a cross-country trip that would allow fans new and old alike to experience these elite-level smoking soundtracks. From the flick of the Bic, I knew the Los Angeles date at The Novo would be a can’t miss show.

Luckily, I was able to cash in a favor with Spitta’s camp and sneak on stage with a couple cameramen in order to witness one of the best concerts I’ve ever seen in Los Angeles. The Louisiana-born wordsmith came on stage to deafening cheers as if it was a hometown show — and it might as well have been because there are likely few places Curren$y feels more comfortable than in California. Spitta ran through a laundry list of his biggest anthems beginning with fan favorite “Roasted,” telling his DJ to cut the backing beat for most of his final verse on nearly every song to make sure fans could hear these bars through the thick layer of smoke filling the room.

You can watch our recap of Spitta’s show at The Novo below, and secure tickets to see the Pilot Talk Trilogy Tour when the Jet Life fam pulls up to your city soon. Special thanks to Mousa, Curren$y, and the entire Jet Life Recordings team for having us out and blessing us with some of Spitta’s signature strain, Andretti OG. Huge shout-out to California Unified as well, who supplied the team with some next level OG Kush to set the tone for the evening.

The move to reissue the Pilot Talk Trilogy for his patiently waiting fan base further solidified Curren$y as the ultimate blue collar stoner’s stoner, a workaholic who smashes old played-out weed stigmas like a custom gas pedal on one of his restored lowriders.

The New Orleans-native has been grinding for over a decade, first making appearances as part of No Limit’s 504 Boyz and then as Lil Wayne’s new Young Money prodigy on mixtapes like Dedikation 2.

currensy-smokingAfter Master P and Lil Wayne convinced a younger and less experienced Spitta to rap about things that fit their tougher street motif but not necessarily his love for cars and weed, Pilot Talk represented Curren$y finding his wings so to speak.

Legendary producer Ski Beatz, whose resume includes timeless records like Jay-Z’s “Dead Presidents,” lends his superior sampling and instrumentals to the entire project, while special guests like Smoke DZA, the artist formerly known as Mos Def, Jay Electronica, Devin the Dude, and Snoop Dogg each make appearances in the smoke circle.

I asked frequent Spitta-collaborator Forty FPS aka CJ Wallis, who has directed nearly 30 music videos for Curren$y over the last five years, about his colleague’s tireless work ethic and what Pilot Talk meant to him.

When I asked about how smoking weed affected Spitta’s drive, Wallis told me, “Weed reveals to you who you truly are deep down as a person. Lazy people will allow themselves to be lazy and further the long-running stereotype associated with smoking. For a hyper-motivated person like Spitta — it’s nothing for him to write multiple tracks over the course of a day because every cone acts like a Mega Man energy tank and refreshes the work ethic as if he just walked into the studio fresh.”

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On what Pilot Talk’s legacy was to him personally, Forty FPS said, “That album was major to me as a fan, to my career and — in hindsight — ended up totally altering my life. I heard “Elevator Musik” when it dropped and secretly wished I had gotten to do the video. The day Pilot Talk dropped, I saw it on Pitchfork as Best New Music, bought it, and listened to it every morning for the next year while I worked. A year or so later when Spitta reached out for a new filmmaker, I made sure to make myself unignorable.”

The extra-long hash-infused and kief-dusted joint that is Spitta’s discography only stayed lit from there, as he continued displaying other-worldly drive by dropping what seemed like a mixtape per month for damn near a decade. If consistency is a key, then Spitta has been pushing “Rhymes Like Weight.”

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The Pilot Talk Trilogy cemented Spitta’s place on the “Mount Kushmore” of Weed Rap alongside the likes of Uncle Snoop, B-Real of Cypress Hill, and Wiz Khalifa with its throwback jazz-influenced scores and sharp lyricism disguised as one of the most unique, smoked-out flows in hip-hop history. Curren$y has an innate ability to go off-beat here and there to get his point across, only to pull it all back together brilliantly — instantly making you feel like an idiot for even questioning the pilot in the first place.

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Keep it locked to Weedmaps for updates on Spitta’s upcoming new strain release, Jet Lag, and here’s an exclusive playlist featuring some of the Pilot Talk Trilogy’s choice cuts, as well as some other tracks that will smoke perfectly with that Andretti OG.

Footage Courtesy of Wesley Nguyen
Photos Courtesy of Cameron Look

 

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This Weed in Music Featuring The Beatles, SZA, and Brockhampton

This was a big week for all of the humans who happen to enjoy both marijuana and music (read: all of you). Whether it was marking the anniversary of one of the world’s most beloved bands picking up pot or one of this generation’s favorite new songwriters suffering a rare cannabis-related injury — kind of — the closing week of August had a little something for everyone.


I’d be remiss to begin this, however, without first recognizing the end of a tremendous run for someone whose name you may not know but whose work you’d surely recognize. After 27 years of loyal dedication to a dying artform, Alf Clausen has been fired from his job as composer of “The Simpsons.” In an era where the long-running cartoon is one of the last shows to utilize a full orchestra while scoring each individual episode, the move was viewed as a cost-cutting maneuver by the show’s producers ahead of its 29th season premiere in October.

For the better part of three decades, the two-time Emmy Award-winning Clausen provided a rich musical soundtrack to many a smoker’s nighttime spark session. Even if you’re more of a “South Park” fan than a Springfield devotee, you can still most likely appreciate the fine work Clausen did in scoring Dave Chappelle’s stoner cult classic “Half Baked.” After facing an immediate wave of angry backlash from their loyal fans, Simpsons showrunners announced that Clausen would indeed still have an “ongoing role” on the show going forward.

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So, yeah, they just don’t want to pay for a full orchestra every week when they can have somebody score the show from an iMac. Take some much-deserved time off to stop and smell the jazz cabbage, Alf!


This past week marked the 53rd anniversary of The Beatles discovering their love of the devil’s lettuce, which means people have been simultaneously smoking marijuana, listening to The Beatles, and smiling for well over a half-century. That unto itself is something to celebrate, but the manner in which Liverpool’s finest initially came upon cannabis is the icing on their bread pudding.

In August of 1964, after finishing up a show, The Beatles headed to their suite at the Delmonico Hotel in New York City. The group was introduced to fellow future rock icon Bob Dylan, who immediately sent someone for “cheap wine” before asking the Fab Four if they wanted to share a joint with him.

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Ringo Starr, unaware of the universal “Puff, Puff, Pass” mantra of smoking with friends, finished the entire joint. Dylan promptly rolled another.

“I don’t remember much what we talked about,” said John Lennon of the infamous smoke sesh. “We were smoking dope, drinking wine and generally being rock’n’rollers and having a laugh, you know, and surrealism. It was party time.”

A few years ago, a Marijuana.com forum contributor asked other members of the community which Beatles songs they loved to play while smoking. There were a ton of responses, so I decided to compile the most frequently mentioned songs into a playlist for everyone to enjoy at home. May I suggest pairing the playlist with a nice Strawberry Kush?


Rising superstar SZA is in Ctrl of her own destiny now that her phenomenal debut album has hit the streets, but that doesn’t mean she always has a grip on reality.

In an interview with Rolling Stone that hit the newsstands this week, the New Jersey-born TDE singer demonstrated one of the few ways smoking marijuana can get you physically injured.

SZA arrives at Chelsea’s SIR Studio on a recent Tuesday evening with a plastic baggie full of weed, a black eye, a cell phone photo of her new gun, and a buzzing, electric energy that borders on mania. About the black eye: “I fell out of a treehouse. I couldn’t hold the blunt and the rope at the same time.” About the gun: “The world is scary. I’m a gun-toting, weed-smoking American. ‘Cause multiplicity. It’s a human right.” And about the mania: “Jesus, I haven’t slept yet. My flight [from L.A.]was this morning at 6am. Sleep is a funny concept, it’s like, ‘What is that?’ I can go days without sleep.” Soon she’s passing a joint among her bandmates and somehow managing to only get more manic. “I’m not gonna remember anything I said to you,” she tells me, convincingly. “If I say anything crazy, just be like, ‘Bitch, calm down.’”

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You killed your album and are in the middle of a huge nationwide tour, all while participating in field interviews and radio segments every day — go ahead and smoke that whole joint by yourself. Doesn’t being rich and successful mean that everybody in the squad gets to roll personals? You don’t need to calm down, just avoid trying to smoke blunts while you do physical activities that require both hands — namely ones that take place high off the ground.
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British Grime artist Stormzy and American singer Kehlani try to stay one step ahead of the authorities as they operate their cannabis business of questionable legality in the video for “Cigarettes & Cush.”

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Last night on Tom Scharpling’s “The Best Show,” David Crosby made a surprise call to the station and quickly found a way to spice things up. During the call, which you can hear at the 11:30 mark of the episode, Crosby admits that the dumbest thing he ever spent money on was “five dollars worth of pot in the Village…[which was]an envelope full of oregano.”


LCD Soundsystem released a 13-minute instrumental track to tease their long-awaited upcoming American Dream album, though the brand new “pulse (v.1)” won’t appear on the new set. That’s enough time to have an entire smoke session with one song playing. Find your perfect strain pairing and bless me with it in the comment section or on Twitter if you would be so kind.


Fans who had been waiting for Lil Uzi Vert to release the sequel to his breakout 2015 project Luv Is Rage finally got to unleash Uzi’s signature shoulder bop to some new music this week. One track on Luv Is Rage 2 stood out in particular, as it featured stellar production and other-worldly vocal contributions from Pharrell Williams. The infectious “Neon Guts” exemplifies the prismatic vibes both artists put out constantly, never being caught without a huge grin and a wildly colorful ‘fit. Plus, all my blunts have neon guts, too.

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Have you heard of Brockhampton, yet?

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The stars of Viceland’s “American Boyband” show have had a blistering release schedule this Summer, unleashing Saturation II this week not even three months after its predecessor. The sequel arrived to rave reviews from fans and critics alike and even offered some elite-level bars for the smokers out there. Ameer Vann, Brockhampton’s street rap savant, can be found dropping swaggy weed quotables on pretty much every song, though he and fellow lyrical wonder Dom McLennon really shine on “Gummy” and “Sweet.” Go listen to both albums, watch all the videos in their catalog, tell your friends you found them on your own during a deep internet dive, and take all the credit.

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If you need to find a great deal on some fire to enjoy this new music with, head to Weedmaps with the quickness.

 

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That Time Dizzy Wright Smoked Us Out and Previewed His New Album

Last Thursday, rapper Dizzy Wright sat down for a few joints and a chat with me on Weedmaps Instagram Live before giving fans a sneak peek of some tracks from his album The Golden Age 2, which dropped Friday.

Smoking on some OG from West Coast Cure on a rooftop patio somewhere in downtown Los Angeles, Dizzy talked about his new album, healthy lifestyle changes, the Vegas music scene, and of course, weed.

“This s#!t is fire, man, let me tell you right now.”

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How has marijuana contributed to your music?
I just wanted to continue to give the marijuana community music that they can … (pauses) I wanted to contribute to marijuana being legalized and, you know, just give the stoners some motivation and vibes. With The Golden Age 2, I’ve been going through so much on the back end; Getting new management, business managers, new lawyers — all of this shit, you know what I’m saying? I wasn’t able to just focus on being an artist.

How did that affect this album?
So, I was taking a little more time with these records. Instead of just going in there and doing whatever, I had a plan. There was a lot of things on the first Golden Age that I would have done better. And the message that I got across, I got it across the way that I wanted to get it across. But this, I wanted to tie this in to make it a full package and really tie that story in and have it make sense, to keep it going.

I’m figuring out how to put that message into one song and give a listener a real experience, you know what I mean? I wouldn’t say it’s any different than what I’ve been doing.

Would you say the new album is one cohesive message or is there a lot of different vibes?
A lot of different vibes, a lot of different messages. You know, the first Golden Age was what you want to instill in your kid, that’s why on the cover you see the mom with the baby. This is the vibes that she’s putting into her seed, you know, like world peace and progression. This [Golden Age 2], this is the growth, this is the knowledge that you receive unwillingly as you get older; you start learning from the things around you and it’s not all about just what your momma’s telling you.

I just kinda gave the listener a few different topics to cross their mind — but without just being pushy.

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How does weed help you in your life?
Weed helps keep my vibrations high. I started smoking weed in maybe 2009 or 2010; started smoking Black and Milds first. My fiancé was pregnant with our first kid, my daughter, and, you know, we used to go through things and then I was going through other things with music, trying to get on and dealing with the bullshit. I felt like life was starting to get the best of me and I needed to handle things a little differently. [I started] smoking weed and it helped me step back for a second, figure out what I needed to handle, handle one thing at a time, do it right, and move on to the next.

Your parents might teach you that, or how to do that without marijuana. It’s just all about what you use it for and how you utilize it. For me, it just helped me handle my s#!t without feeling so pressured or without letting life get the best of me. I’m able to find balance within destruction.

How are things now that Nevada has legal weed (Dizzy’s from Las Vegas, in case you didn’t know)?
It’s been cool. I’ve been so busy, man, so I haven’t been able to get to a lot of the shops out there. I’m still working on my whole marijuana situation out there. I’ll probably have a few strains, drop some new shit. It’s going to happen in Vegas, though, you know what I mean? I’m waiting to do it in the most real way.

I just don’t want people to be treated like criminals for the good marijuana plant. And it’s another element added to Vegas for people to come and have a good time, man.

Right now, some lawmakers in Nevada are trying to outlaw delivery. Do you think delivery is important in Nevada?
I think it’s important. The people in Nevada are idiots and they need to let somebody come in who’s been doing this shit for years to guide their ass. But they refuse to work with the black market and are making everyone go through these hoops. And you know they just want to control this shit and roll it out the way they way to roll it out. But it is what it is and we need to keep moving and just figure it out. There’s a lot of good people out there pushing for the right thing.

How much do you smoke on a daily basis?
(laughs) Too much, man. I don’t know, it just depends on what kind of day it is. I smoke a lot of weed, though. I’m not trying to keep count.

What about dabbing or edibles?
I dab, but I slowed down on dabbing. I don’t really do edibles. I have in the past but … I don’t know … I think it’s the process for me. I like breaking down the weed, rolling it up … you know what I mean?

For sure, the ritualistic part of it. What’s your favorite strain?
(laughs) Dizzy OG.

Shout out to Crown Genetics, you know my Crown bros. When I started working with them, the Crown OG was already so fire, so we mixed the Crown OG with King Louie and that’s how we got the Dizzy OG. Its fire, I would put it up there.

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Speaking of the best in the game, what do you think about athletes using weed?
I don’t think it should be wrong for athletes to smoke. Weed would only help them … I don’t know. It’s crazy. And then it’s like, they can’t say it’s about slowing them down because I mean the shit you put in your body is already slowing you down.

Speaking of eating, did you see “What The Health” on Netflix?
I did see it on Netflix. I think everybody should watch “What The Health.” You need to know what you’re putting in your body. It’s crazy because (pauses before giving away the whole movie) … watch that documentary, you’re going to realize why you don’t need meat, why you’re getting sick, and then you can do the rest of the research yourself. But if you want to know why you feel sluggish, watch “What The Health.”

Fun Fact: Dizzy’s been meat and dairy free for 20 days and had eaten at Veggie Grill before the interview.

As the biggest rapper from your city, what’s it like being “the man” in Vegas?
I don’t know. I’m just trying to be a good dad; play my cards right, soak in this knowledge that I’m given. I’m not trying to be the man, you know what I’m saying? I’m not trying to stunt on these younger artists. I want Vegas to shine, too.

Anyone in Vegas we should keep an ear out for?
Euroz, for one. There’s a lot of good artists out there, and off the top of my head, I can’t think about them right now (laughs). But that’s just because I’ve been so focused on what we have going on. I don’t really be checking for nobody. I’m not worried about the competition, and maybe that’s why I’m the biggest one out of Vegas because I’m not focused on anything but what I got going on — nobody but me and mine.


After the interview, Dizzy the (Almost) Vegan Las Vegan and I headed to Pink Dolphin on Fairfax in Los Angeles, where his most loyal fans had packed in to get their first listen to The Golden Age 2. As Dizzy mingled with fans, signed countless posters, and took what seemed to be thousands of selfies with his supporters, it was easy to see the positive vibes he was talking about earlier reverberating throughout the party.

Dizzy even had a few colleagues show up to the listening party to show love, as the ever-underrated Casey Veggies and TGA2-featured artist Demrick (track #7, we’ll talk about it shortly) came to hang with fans and puff on Dizzy OG like the rest of us.


Speaking of which, here’s my official review of Dizzy Wright’s strain, Dizzy OG.

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The dense, colorful nuggets of the Crown OG and King Louie cross were a sight to see, credit to Crown Genetics for a job well done. I’m already a big time King Louie fan, so I was expecting great things. I wasn’t disappointed, either. Sometimes with gas of this magnitude, you can get a harsh aftertaste in the back of your throat. However, Dizzy OG hit extremely clean and provided a long-lasting effect that helped me relax without taking me down for the count — I was technically working at this party, after all.

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Maybe I spoke too soon, though, because as I stood up post-Dizzy OG smoke session, I started to question whether the strain name had anything to do with my new rapper friend’s name at all — or rather this intense desire I suddenly had to fall down embarrassingly. Thankfully, with the help of TGA2 track number 17 “I Can’t Keep Falling,” I held it together.

If you’re wondering which songs on Dizzy’s new album pair perfectly with Dizzy OG, I got you, fam.

The songs with very laid back production and what sounded like live horns seemed to fit best with the vibe Dizzy OG gave me, so tracks like “Looking Up” and “Fraud” immediately stood out. The drums slap, so you won’t have to worry about dozing off or anything. Like I said, got you. Once I settled into the high a little bit, “Make Moves Wit Me” with Demrick and “Big Shots” felt like they were specially made to be heard while smoking this strain. It should be noted that anytime I hear the G Perico-assisted “Choosin” now, I want to roll a fat personal blunt with a glass tip and crumble sprinkled inside, and then face it. That’s a smoking song.

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Lesley Nickus contributed to this story
Photos Courtesy of Cameron Look

 

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