With such classic weed-laced anthems as “I Wanna Get High,” “Hits from the Bong,” and “Stoned is the Way of the Walk,” it was only right that Cypress Hill released their latest album, Rise Up, today, April 20, a.k.a. 4/20, the international pot smoking day.
4/20 allegedly got it’s meaning from the police code to describe marijuana use. While we’re unsure of the truth that rumor, XXLMag.com recently chopped it up with the Latino rap vets to find out what it means for them to drop their latest disc on this esteemed holiday.
“Putting this album out on 4/20… it was lucky, because we had no idea that 4/20 was gonna fall on a Tuesday this particular year,” B-Real said. “We actually had a few different release dates but this one made the most sense because obviously what it means to all the pro-marijuana advocates and people who just like to smoke out, what it’s meant to us, and the contributions we’ve put behind the movement. It just made more sense to push the album to this particular date.”
The Stoned Raiders plan on heading down to San Francisco’s Warfield tonight for their fourth annual 4/20 concert, which will also serve as their record release party. For those fans that can’t make it to the show, the event will be streamed live on www.breal.tv starting at 8 p.m. PST.
Rise Up, which features appearances by The Alchemist, Evidence, Everlast, Pitbull, Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine, Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda and Marc Anthony, among others, is in stores now. —Elan Mancini with reporting by Anslem Samuel