Marijuana legalized in Colorado: Big Gigantic posts dope new tune to mark the occasion

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Britt Chester

Unless you're just waking up from a two-day nap, you've probably heard about weed being legalized in Colorado by now. If not, you will once you log in to Facebook or Twitter. Everybody is talking about it, and those who aren't, well, they're only mum because they're busy Googling flights to Denver. In honor of this momentous occasion, BGCO -- Big Gigantic, if you're not into the whole brevity thing -- has posted a track for free download called...wait for it..."Colorado Mountain High." Continue on to give it a listen and then download it.

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- The Road to Rowdytown: Big Gigantic at Red Rocks
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Marijuana legalized: Lady Gaga congratulates Colorado and other reactions to 64 on Twitter

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@LadyGaga

Update: Snoop D-O-double-G has now weighed in, as has the Spitta, although his shout out is more subtle.

Holy shit! Amendment 64 has passed. Hands up if you ever thought you'd live to see this day: Pot is now legal in Colorado. In case you've been somehow sequestered all night, the results are in, and let's just say our fine city's nickname, the Mile High City, has taken on a whole new meaning. Of course, as one astute observer on Twitter has pointed out, the same can also now be said about the name of our fine basketball team.

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- In honor of Amendment 64: Ten stoner anthems, overt hip-hop odes to Mary Jane
- A 4/20 playlist from marijuana critic William Breathes
- Music and marijuana make great bongfellows
- Did Freddie Gibbs make it to DIA without having his weed confiscated?
- Amendment 64 approved: Mason Tvert celebrates, John Hickenlooper talks Cheetos


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In honor of Amendment 64: Ten stoner anthems, overt hip-hop odes to Mary Jane

Currensy on the whole "weed rap" tag: "I hate that it even has a name like that. Am I high? Of course. I don't make 'weed rap.'"

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Chris Stanford

Curren$y has been getting high before it was cool to get high. The New Orleans rapper is releasing his second album this year. Yes, it's only May, but The Stoned Immaculate is set for release in early June, and if you think he's stopping now, you're trippin'. Tonight, Curren$y and Jet Life all-stars make a stop at the Bluebird Theater. We caught up with the NOLA rap fiend yesterday while he was on his tour bus, maxing and relaxing and watching The Godfather. We chopped it up about the new album, inspiration and why he hates the so-called "weed rap" tag.

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Levitate Festival at 1STBANK Center, 4/20/12

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Britt Chester
Rusko at 1STBANK Center on Friday night.


LEVITATE FESTIVAL @ 1STBANK CENTER | 4.20.12

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Rusko pulled out all the sticks and stems to absolutely light up the 1STBANK Center with some heavy, bong-shattering bass. The U.K. skanker promised that he would not let anyone stop moving for his entire set, and he kept his word, blasting the venue with what might be the hardest hitting version of "Everyday" that has ever been played.


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Cypress Hill at the Ogden Theatre, 4/20/12

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Sen Dog and B-Real of Cypress Hill

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CYPRESS HILL @ OGDEN THEATRE | 04.20.12

Cypress Hill gets it. After coming to town last year on April 19, the premiere stoner rappers of the last two decades intentionally made a 2012 performance in Denver on the actual weed holiday of the year: April 20. As B-Real shared with a sold-out Ogden Theatre last night, he had inadvertently discovered our secret: Marijuana plus altitude makes us "high-high." By 9 p.m., the Ogden Theatre resembled a casting call for a cliché stoner movie: men in tie-dye t-shirts and blinged "420" jerseys mingled with women in smiley face tank tops with crossed out eyes. Security haplessly policed the situation by shining flashlights on lit joints, but there seemed to be no point -- the crowd was there to get high with Cypress Hill.

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Coachella 4/20: Let's talk about weed

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Molly Bergen

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Yesterday was 4/20. It was also Coachella. And so, the percentage of festival-goers who were stoned rose from a paltry 75 percent to a full 98 percent. (These estimates come courtesy of our editor, Ben Westhoff, who did a small survey with a margin of error of plus or minus 45 percent.) Believe it or not, folks were also wearing marijuana garb! We talked to some of them about, you know, music and life and music and stuff.

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Wyclef Jean contract with CU confirms $80K fee, plus a look at the performance rider

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Nick Callaio
Wyclef Jean at the University of Colorado's free 4/20 alternative show this afternoon at the Coors Event Center.

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Wyclef Jean at Coors Event Center on 4/20

So the figure first reported yesterday by Whitney Bryen of the Colorado Daily is completely accurate. For the free 4/20 alternative concert this afternoon at the Coors Event Center on the University of Colorado campus in Boulder, Wyclef Jean was paid a flat fee of $80,000. It's also true that the contract contains wording prohibiting Jean from espousing the virtues of marijuana -- well, not in those words, exactly. Page down to see precisely what it says in reference to the Agency (Carnival House Touring) and the Attraction (Wyclef Jean), and what was in the rider.


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Photos: Free Wyclef Jean 420 show at CU in Boulder draws unbelievably paltry crowd

Update: YouTube video of Wyclef Jean's freestyle added below ("For the record," he sings, "I would never sell out," presumably in response to the anti-MJ clause of the contract), along with video from the Denver Post of Jean's brother surrounded by students and smoking up in an effort to get more people to the show and a recap from the show.

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Nick Callaio
The arena didn't change too much from sound check to the end of the show.

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Wyclef Jean contract with CU confirms $80K fee, plus a look at the performance rider
4/20 at CU Boulder: Wyclef Jean concert, police crackdown to shrink event?
Wyclef Jean at Coors Event Center on 4/20

From the sounds of it, there are probably more people lingering on the sidewalks surrounding Civic Center park right now than are at the Coors Event Center on the University of Colorado campus for the free Wyclef Jean show. Backbeat's own Nick Callaio is on hand and says there's maybe 400 people in the arena right now. "The crowd looks like a herd of penguins huddled together," he says. "It's almost like a private party with the dude who ran for the president of Haiti."


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A 4/20 playlist from marijuana critic William Breathes that's perfect for an irie 420, mon

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Ah, the happiest holiday of the year is upon us! Around the country, thousands of people will be getting together to celebrate our favorite plant, myself included. And what goes better with a spliff of some good ganja than some reggae music? That's right -- reggae music about ganja. Below is the official Mile Highs and Lows 4/20 reggae playlist cultivated by yours truly.

William Breathes is the pot pen name for Westword's medical marijuana dispensary critic. Read his reviews over at our ganja blog, Mile Highs and Lows.

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