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Tour Stories: We’re Looking for Tony Montana, Not Cheech and Chong

This Domino and I got a tour story to tell…

When we were setting up the 2005 Live & Direct tour, which was Hieroglyphics, Non Phixion and OC, I realized that we needed a merchandise seller. We’ve taken different people out on different tours, so this time I decided to take out my little cousin, Juliano, who was 15 at the time, because his father had died and I felt like it would be good to get him out of the house. You know, let him see some cats doing positive things, maybe even get him into music. I knew him hitting the road with us would be like him being around a lot of father figures.

I asked all the group members, and everybody was cool with it, so we went off on the road and he seemed to enjoy the tour (as you’d expect for a 15-year-old). Just being on the bus and being around all the fanfare that goes along with being out on tour, he definitely had admiration for the artists—especially the Hieroglyphics members.

Now the crew is well known for smoking marijuana, but that was nothing new to him because in our family, my cousin’s and mine, we’d both grown up around marijuana all our lives, so I didn’t think much of the guys blazing around him. He didn’t smoke and I don’t smoke.

As the tour went along everyone in the crew respected the fact that he didn’t smoke, no one offered him any weed and certainly no one would encourage him to smoke, or in any way to be a bad influence. We all automatically respected the fact that he was 15 and didn’t smoke marijuana or do any type of drugs—he was just a young guy on the road with us.

As the tour bus was about to go into Canada, we were on our way across the border and because of our numerous Canadian tours, we knew the situation at customs, which is that they’re generally going to assume we have marijuana or some type of drugs. What we do is act according, clean up the bus before we hit the border, get rid of anything illegal, any marijuana, or any paraphernalia as we cross the border, and we’ve done it so many times that it’s kinda routine. We make sure that we get rid of any and everything because we know this is a serious thing to go across the border from the U.S. into Canada.

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