This Weed in Music April 5, 2018

As we approach the prime outdoor gathering time of the year, the age-old transition from internet comment section debate to real-world human interaction becomes imminent and preparation is key. Without situation defusers to get you out of defending the concept of a “little uzi vert” to someone whose 10 favorite artists are all Wu-Tang Clan-affiliated, you could get lost in an old-head scolding very quickly.

Have no fear, DJ Critical Hype has a perfect solution for you, especially if you’re from the West Coast.

After Hype created a viral sensation with Chance The Dropout, his mashup of Kanye West production and Chance the Rapper vocals, he’s back with his LA-based follow-up.

On The Damn. Chronic, Critical Hype perfectly blends rhymes from Kendrick Lamar and other modern marvels such as Pusha T and Jay Rock with production pulled from Dr. Dre’s classic 1992 album.

Dre’s The Chronic has provided the top-down LA cruising soundtrack for decades, so now you can please everyone at the party and still hear some bars introduced to the world post-Limewire.

If you’ve ever been to Amoeba Records, you know they have pretty much everything. From vinyl to pins to merch to books, the only things Amoeba didn’t carry were kitchen sinks and weed — but now that list has been whittled to one. The owners of the legendary music store are opening up a cannabis dispensary called Hi-Fidelity directly next door to their Berkeley location. told you about Amoeba trying to get its hands on a license a while back, but now this heavenly pipe dream is actually going to happen. If you’re local to the Bay Area or willing to helicopter into what is quite possibly the greatest place to work in the history of the universe, Amoeba is holding a job fair Saturday, April 7 in search of people who love music and weed. Pretty big talent pool.

“Nothing goes better with a great record than a great bag of weed and nothing goes better with a great bag of weed than a great record,” says Hi-Fidelity’s Christopher Garcia, who will curate the store’s inventory.

The Telegraph Avenue shop will open the week before 4/20 and carry both larger brands and local craft cultivators, offering something for everyone.

In an interview with Rolling Stone, Marley brothers Damian, Julian, and Stephen discuss keeping their father’s legacy alive with music ahead of their Kaya Festival, happening April 28-29 in San Bernardino, California.

This is the first year the festival will take place in California, where cannabis has been legal for adult recreational use since Jan. 1, 2018. Kaya was a term their father Bob used lovingly for cannabis, even using the name for one of his classic albums.

The Marleys named their music festival Kaya “to align with the greater cause, to educate people about the plant,” Stephen told the magazine.

“Music will keep it together, of course, but we have a greater cause, which is cannabis and the various benefits of the plant. We’ve always been advocates of herb and the use of this plant for the benefit of mankind. Not all miracles come from the sky. Some miracles come from the earth.”

Kaya Festival will feature performances from five of Marley’s children, as well as Lauryn Hill, Action Bronson, Tom Morello, Cypress Hill, and more. Tickets are available through Front Gate Tickets.

Reggae/pop star Shaggy is set to perform for Queen Elizabeth at the Commonwealth Concert on Saturday, April 21, at Royal Albert Hall in London along with angelic voice from heaven above, Craig David.

When Shaggy was asked whether he’d also be attending the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, he said, “Yeah. I was hoping [for an invite]! They might need a Jamaican, somebody has to carry the weed! Somebody has to bring that to the party.”

And should security ask who brought weed to the wedding…

Choice Nugs

Popcaan – “Weed Settingz”

Kacey Musgraves – “High Horse”

Wiz Khalifa – “420 Freestyle”

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