Language is ever growing. From the earliest days of man, the way that people communicate has evolved in such intricate and complex ways that people have dedicated their entire lives to studying it. In the world today, there are roughly 6,500 spoken languages being practiced. With the invention of the written word, these languages were able to be shared more easily, and even more so with the printing press, and the internet after that. The internet in itself has spawned countless words that cross all language barriers. LOL, OMG, ROFL. All of these are understood by almost everyone in the world with access to the internet. Some of these words are now able to connote something more than simply a reaction, like that of a feeling or an experience. One of these, that should need no explanation, is 420.
Marijuana, has always had a relationship with music of all genres, particularly hip-hop. Rappers talk about weed all the time, smoke it in their video clips, and some even now have their own weed-related products on the market. On December 10th 2012, the private consumption of marijuana was made legal in Colorado, America’s 38th state. Weed culture has been booming there over the last three and a bit years, and this year, on the most holy of weed days, April 20th (04/20), there’s going to be a hell of a lot of hip-hop happening there too.
Denver’s Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom, Gothic Theatre, Herman’s Hideaway and many, many more will set the stage for a 420 that Colorado will no doubt ever forget. Kevin Gates, Future, Snoop Dogg, Tory Lanez, Flosstradamus, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Redman, Method Man, Afroman and tonnes more will be converging on the state to play gigs and, we assume, smoke a fuckload of weed. This is a night that smokers and non-smokers will simultaneously feel a huge amount of FOMO over, and we cannot wait to see what sort of fried antics get recorded and reported about.
Check the full list of people playing here.
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