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Is Hip-Hop Kicking its Habit?

After a recent show, rising hip-hop artist Russ was seen sporting a custom T-shirt emblazoned with an anti-drug message that proved to be quite polarizing. Russ pulled his chains aside in the photo he shared on social to make sure everyone could read his bold stance on opiates and benzodiazepines. The problem many had with […]

 

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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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One Hitters

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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