Episode 39: The 420 Episode

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00:00- 1:20 Buddha Lovas by Bone Thugs N Harmony (Snippet)

1:20-4:38 Because I Got High by Afroman

4:39- 6:18 I Want To Get High by Cypress Hill

6:19-9:13 Marijuana by Kid Cudi (snippet)

9:15-19:59 It’s April 20th! We discuss the origins of the 4/20 holiday, the public perception of marijuana and the differences between marijuana and hemp. We’re especially interested in 420, as we’ve started experimenting with hemp as a natural moisturizer for our new project Vellum Wellness. We discuss the stereotypes against pot smokers, and how it’s important to stand up against stigma.

20:00-24:14 Prayer by Tasha the Amazon

24:15-29:12  Good People by Cannonhead

29:13-31:51 Liquid Luck by So Loki

31:52-35:31  The Code by Jviden

37:10-43:02 This is our first show of 2017, and we’ve been hard at work creating Vellum Wellness. We discuss how rappers inspired the line, our connection to hemp, and what’s next for us.

43:03-45:55 Get You by Daniel Caesar ft. Kali Uchis (snippet)

POST MALONE IS READY TO GET STONEY

tsgoa_postmalone3This is the age of the SoundCloud rapper, where uploading a track to the internet, can bring you the same clout as being signed. One of the most famous acts to blow up off of the platform is POST MALONE, whose breakout hit White Iverson in 2014, was an anthem for people on the come up. Moves since have been colossal, with a feature on Kanye West’s Life of Pablo, and opening for Justin Bieber in stadiums across North America. We caught his performance in Vancouver, and he was decidedly more sweet natured, than his music suggests.

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Post Malone strode onstage, dressed in an oversized, down to his knees t-shirt, hair in braids and a gold grill in his mouth His whole persona is a throwback to Southern rappers at the start of the millennium. Before he started the beginning few lines of White Iverson, he gave the first of many, big, wide, cheesy smiles. The audience often mimics the artist, and the crowd was filled with white boys in braids, which is somewhat uncomfortable, as cries of appropriation are never far, when it comes to white rappers. Post held his own, as White Iverson was played twice, both to raucous applause and cheers, and he just seemed to be having such a good time up on stage, it was a contagious feeling.

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Post Malone is gearing up to release his first album, the aptly titled STONEY, on December 9th. With features from Justin Bieber, Kehlani, 2Chainz and Quavo, the album has some sturdy star power, which isn’t necessarily seen on too many debut efforts. Post has shown that he’s far beyond conventionality. This album will either propel him past the “one hit wonder” stage, or keep him trapped there until he can prove himself. Whatever the outcome, Post is out there, connecting with fans and having a good time doing so, if his performance in Vancouver is any indication.

CHANCE THE RAPPER DELIVERS BLESSINGS ON TOUR

In 2016, Chance the Rapper has: performed at major festivals like Bonnaroo, and Made in America, thrown his own Magnificent Coloring Day festival in Chicago, landed a global ad campaign with Kenzo X H&M, and petitioned the Grammy awards to include streaming only music. This would be a monumental year for any artist, but it’s historic for an artist that has remained independent.

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“Are you ready for your blessing!” is how Chance begins his show, telling more so than asking his audience. Receiving blessings was the them of the night, as Chance recounted his own torrid path before he reached his own blessing. All the talk of blessings, newfound redemption and higher powers gave him the feel of a preacher at his pulpit, and his message wasn’t lost on the sold out crowd in Vancouver.

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Chance the Rapper’s concert felt like an off Broadway revival of Avenue Q, as he was joined onstage by puppets that bantered, flirted, danced, and sang with him on stage. His inclusion of the characters in his live show was a nod to the childlike innocence and optimism in his raps – optimism that is very needed in hip hop right now.

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For a full recap of Chance’s performance, check out Episode 37 of The Screen Girls On Air

DANIEL CAESAR REDEFINES THE R&B CROONER

Oshawa born, Toronto based artist DANIEL CAESAR was on our radar after he released Praise Break in 2014. We were instantly hooked, by his lulling falsetto and his range, as much gospel and soul as contemporary R&B. We saw him perform live in Vancouver, and the album came alive under the bright lights of the Biltmore Cabaret as he began to sing Violet, backed by a live band.

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Last year, DANIEL CAESAR followed up Praise break by releasing Pilgrim’s paradise, in which the cover art depicts him free falling into nothingness. The existential tone of the cover carries over into the material, as Danny explores coming of age and questions the religious overtones of his upbringing.

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Daniel Caesar performs with the animated prescience of an artist who’s already released two platinum albums, won a Grammy, married an actress and divorced her in a very public way. Perhaps his confidence stems from his realization of his gift and the emotions that his powerful voice can elicit. Whatever it is, it was palpable in the room, as we watched him command a packed room, in his his olive green jumpsuit.

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Catch a review of his performance on Episode 36 of TSG:OA 

PENCIL FINGERZ PRESENTS HIS PORTRAITS IN “ALL MY CREATIONS”

Pencil Fingerz first caught our attention with his renderings of celebrated rappers and influential figures of our time. He’s been working hard, building up a roster of rapper clients, who are fans of his drawings, done by Wacom tablet. He put on his exhibit “All My Creations” at Fortune Sound Club, and we were treated to an up close look at his art over the past few years.

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Yelawolf is one of PENCIL FINGERZ longest collaborators. The pair have worked on the Slumadian and Slumerican Made your posters, and merchandise. A drawing of Yelawolf, his middle finger prominently on display during Pencil Fingerz art show in Vancouver.

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It’s been less than a year since Pencil Fingerz moved from rural Chilliwack, to Vancouver, and he’s been busy making moves since. His first art show in the city, marked his presence as a Vancouver artist, and it was touchingly well attended by friends and family who came out to show love for their hometown boy.

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Check out review of his debut Vancouver show on Episode 36 of TSG:OA