You cannot talk about cannabis culture without talking about hip hop, and you cannot talk about hip hop without talking about Fab 5 Freddy. Fab 5 Freddy is beyond a hero to me. Like many people my age, I grew up watching Freddy on the revolutionary show Yo! MTV Raps. Where I lived, the show didn’t come on until late at night on the weekend. I would stay up way past my bed time to see what hot new videos Freddy would be introducing.
Back in the day we didn’t have Google to learn all the terms and nuances about cannabis. For me and many other people, we learned by listening to hip hop songs and trying to figure it out from there. What is an L? What is a Philly blunt? ‘I’ve got 5 on it.’ Hip hop music has long been a conduit for cannabis culture, and is the reason why I started consuming cannabis, and with it, why I became an activist. I learned about cannabis for the first time via hip hop, was inspired to try cannabis for the first time because of hip hip, and learned about social justice issues because of hip hop. Fab 5 Freddy was how it all started for me. Somehow I was lucky enough to hang out with Freddy recently, and it’s an experience that I will cherish the rest of my life. He is truly a legend.
Another legend in my book is High Times’ Danny Danko. Danny Danko is on my ‘Mt. Rushmore of cannabis media’ and I was lucky enough to meet him too at last year’s Hempstalk in Portland. Danny is bursting with cannabis knowledge, and is one of the top cannabis cultivation experts on the entire planet, right up there with my main man Jorge Cervantes (Danny’s mentor from what I have read). Danny and Fab 5 Freddy will be hosting a rooftop party in New York City later this week, and will be joined by Jason Pinsky from Vice.
I have never been to New York City before, and after hearing about this rooftop party, I have never wanted to go there more than I do now! Below is more information about the rooftop party, via the event’s Facebook listing, which is an after party to the Cannabis World Congress and Business Expo, which starts today in New York City:
The Cannabis World Congress & Business Expo (CWCBExpo) is taking place in New York at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center June 14-16. CWCBExpo exhibitors and sponsors are bringing cutting-edge solutions and knowledge to owners and managers of businesses in the fastest growing industry in America. The CWCBExpo will feature the latest technologies, solutions and resources for your cannabis-related company.
CWCBExpo attendees are invited to a rooftop after party on June 16th at Hudson Terrace, organized by Pistil Point Cannabis, The Hemponair, and CannaGather. The rooftop party will be hosted by music industry legend Fab 5 Freddy, Danny Danko from High Times, and Jason Pinsky from Vice.
Hudson Terrace is located at 621 W 46th Street (Between 11th & 12th Ave). Doors open at 5 p.m. and the after party goes until close (4 a.m.). The rooftop event is free and open to anyone 21 years or older.
About Pistil Point Cannabis:
Pistil Point Cannabis operates one of the largest cannabis production brands in the world with indoor and outdoor production farms throughout Oregon and California. The company also serves as an active consultancy for cannabis projects in Michigan, Massachusetts, Ohio, and New York.
About The Hemponair:
The Hemponair is an online lifestyle destination that serves as a gentleman’s guide to style, culture, and cannabis. The site covers everything from product reviews and launches to style, trends, people, culture, and events within both the fashion and cannabis worlds, seamlessly fusing the two together while simultaneously elevating the conversation around both.
With over 2,400 members in New York and monthly events of 150+ industry leaders and the next generation thereof, CannaGather brings members of the legal cannabis industry community together for education and networking events.