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Cannabis Politics in NJ: Are You A Flintstone or Jetson?

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Most Cannabis activist will agree with the sentiment that the legalization effort has been one big real life civics lesson mixed with drama, comedy, and adventure. The frustration is real and the sacrifices made by ourselves and our families have been costly.

The decision to pull New Jersey’s Adult Use Cannabis bill S2703 from the senate floor for a vote was a smart move by NJ Senate President Steve Sweeney. The Senate didn’t have the votes needed to pass the bill and he essentially brought NJ more time to get the necessary support. The problem in NJ is we have two types of people: Flintstones and Jetsons.

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Our entire legislature is made up of mostly Flintstones and we’re asking them to make rules to a Jetsons game. These identifiers transcend race, age, gender, and religion. There are some really young Flintstones in NJ, and they are not all white. They are easy to identify because they tell on themselves by the words they use. If you still use the term “Gateway drug” when describing Cannabis, you’re a Flintstone. When describing Cannabis if you use the term “Dope”, you are a Flintstone. Regular Cannabis consumers haven’t used those terms in years. The gateway theory was scientifically debunked years ago. In fact, states that have comprehensive Medical Cannabis Programs are seeing an average of 25% reduction of Opioid addiction incidents and a drop in the number of prescriptions being written.

READ MORE: Senator Introduces Medical Marijuana Bill to Help Child Navigate Epilepsy

Which is bad news for three types of money in New Jersey:

Old money, the Pharmaceutical Industry has been operating in New Jersey for generations.

Long money, the alcohol industry has been operating in New Jersey for generations also.

Big money, the Prison Industrial complex has been thriving in New Jersey evidence by ACLU’s annual arrest report for 2018.

This is happening because our ability to educate the masses has been severely hampered by a bunch of Flintstones. Education is how we can bring order to chaos in an industry that’s still in its infancy. It is also through education is how we can turn Flintstones in Jetsons and welcome them into the new world.

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Senator Introduces Medical Marijuana Bill to Help Child Navigate Epilepsy

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The stigma of Blackness and cannabis is a plague that stops many from receiving the treatment that they needs and deserve. Take Osiris Stephens and his wife, Nina Simmons for instance. The two of them understand this plight, probably more than anyone.

This couple living in NYC (both professional with graduate degrees),  Nina works as a physical therapist in the public schools and Osiris as a business developer in the Cannabis Trade Show are probably the picture of an upwardly mobile African-American family.  They live in the Harlem’s prestigious Upper West Side with their six-year-old son, Aiden Tanshin Stephens.  Aiden has special needs, and due to his epilepsy has un-treatable seizures. At a certain point, the blessing that is their son… turned into a nightmare.

READ MORE: How Hip-Hop’s Fave Weed Brand Became the “Louis Vuitton of Cannabis”

With millions of people affected by this epilepsy, there still are very few options to control the seizures. But one of the options, The Stephens have tried is turning to cannabis oil for relief.

This family also took the leap of faith despite the stigma that comes with being Black and using cannabis.  When you read about cannabis, most of the stories that involved are Brown and Black people point to criminality.  That is sweeping racist myth. Cannabis is used for many reason in the Black and Brown communities as of late. And the reality, according to Stephens who is a professional are medicinal uses.

“We chose cannabis over big pharmacy medication with all of the nasty side effects.”

READ MORE: Brooklyn Church Becomes First to Host National Cannabis Conference

This family decided soon after their son’s diagnosis, that pharma alone is not going to control the 100-200 seizures a day.

“We can’t keep poisoning our son and expect a different outcome!”

With their son’s seizures under control, a NY State bill in his name was written to support children like him who need cannabis to survive.  This medical marijuana legislation titled Tanshin’s Bill was introduced by NY State Senator Brian Benjamin and it asks that kids with marijuana cards be able to receive their medicines while in school by assigned caregivers.

“After beginning a therapy of full spectrum cannabidiol (CBD) tincture three times a day, Nina and Osiris’s beautiful son Aiden’s seizures have dropped dramatically to 5-10 per month from 100-200 per day. However, widespread confusion about the use of medical marijuana in New York State, schools and mental health care facilities have made it hard for children like Aiden to receive this critical treatment while pursuing their educational studies,” said Senator Benjamin. “The bill we are introducing clarifies that medical marijuana therapy is legal at schools, and requires that schools have policies in place for the administration of these life changing therapies

Read More: CJ Wallace, Son of The Notorious B.I.G., Launches New Cannabis Brand & “Think BIG”

“The states senators support the bill but are concerned that federal funding for schools will be pulled away.” Says Osiris.

A child’s education and health is in the federal government hands.

 

 

 

 

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Nas Rolls Out ‘Illmatic XXV: Memory Lane’ NYC Pop-Up In Celebration of His Debut LP 25 Years Ago

We’ve been in Illmatic 25th anniversary mode all day — peep our Today In Hip-Hop History feature for a breakdown of Esco’s monumental debut album! — but nobody is reveling in the moment more than the man himself. That’s why last night made for an extra special occasion, as Nas returned home to NYC to unveil a new pop-up experience currently on display at Sony Square.


An original copy of The Source Issue No. 55 (April 1994), where Nas gets a perfect Five-Mic rating, sits on display at the ‘Illmatic XXV: Memory Lane’ NYC pop-up.
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Made possible by the good people over at Hennessy, The Pop Up Agency and Certified Classics, the ‘Illmatic XXV: Memory Lane’ experience kicked off Thursday night (4/18) to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Illmatic and the rap icon who made it all happen. Nas was on the floor to greet industry insiders, guests and familiar faces from his past, all there equally as fans of his most groundbreaking work of musical art. Joining him in the celebration included Vashtie, Pro Era rapper CJ Fly, Dave East, Rox Brown, Illmatic photographer Danny Clinch, 88 Keys, Ruben Rivera, his brother Jungle and a room-full of other supporters of the Queens-bred Hip-Hop legend. However, the one guest in attendance that probably garnered almost as much fanfare as Nas himself was none other than his The Firm partner in rhyme AZ. Both fellas hung out the entire night side by side, showing a rap unity that brought nothing but positive vibes to the room.

Speaking of the said room, the pop-up itself was completely designed to replicate the Queensbridge circa ’94 setting that is just as important to the story of Illmatic as the words on wax. From a photo booth that let attendees recreate the album cover, to a live painting of it by artist Andre Trenier, everything about the space felt like a time capsule of a moment that many look back on with fond memories.

‘Illmatic XXV: Memory Lane’ at Sony Square NYC (25 Madison Avenue) will see a lot of exciting events for fans in the upcoming weeks. The pop-up itself will be open for eight days, starting today (April 19) and ending Saturday, April 27. On April 23, there will be a special fan screening of Mass Appeal’s 2018 concert film Nas Live From the Kennedy Center: Classical Hip-Hop, which should gear up rap heads for his Illmatic 25th Anniversary performance with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Filene Theater/Wolf Trap on July 14. You’ll also be able to shop Illmatic XXV merch — hoodies, tees and headwear are included — in addition to Bleacher Report’s B/R Rewind campaign with Nas, which is also available online.

Take a look at a recap of the ‘Illmatic XXV: Memory Lane’ NYC pop-up launch event below, and stream Illmatic today, tomorrow and all this week:



Images: Madison McGaw/BFA

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Exclusive: The Roots Break Down the Importance of Bringing Hip-Hop to Coachella During Their Heineken House Set

“If my memory serves correct, I think we did the first-ever Coachella, right?” – Questlove

“We did do the first Coachella — I remember I had a broken foot.”Black Thought

Sure, no one forgets that time they had to perform in front of thousands in the middle of a desert with a broken foot, but unfortunately the guys’ collective memory was off by one year — two if you consider the gap between Coachella 1999 (the actual inaugural festival) and Coachella 2001 (the year The Roots performed). Memory aside though, both Questlove and Black Thought, along with the rest of the band members of The Roots, absolutely killed it during their over two-hour set for Coachella 2019. Thankfully The Source was on the scene to not only experience the show live, but we even got to sit down with the gentlemen afterwards for hazy recollections like the one seen above in addition to a few other standout quotables.



Holding things down for Day 2 at the Heineken House stage, The Roots’ frontmen ran through a bevy of their hits to create the atmosphere of a funk/soul-themed day party that extended well into the night, assisted by jams, libations and the new Heineken 0.0 which is pretty refreshing and surprisingly alcohol-free. As a result of these two and the band as a whole, classic Hip-Hop was properly brought yet again to Coachella Valley, where rap, R&B and Black music in general is being welcomed at a rapid rate in recent years.

We got a chance to cop it up with Tariq and Ahmir about why the culture of rap is so important to big festivals like Coachella, and how bands like The Roots and even De La Soul — both bands performed back-to-back on the same stage — are doing their due diligence to keep it that way.

For those preparing to experience Coachella Weekend 2, starting today (4/19) and going until Sunday (4/21), here’s a Source Exclusive preview from the guys of The Roots themselves on why Hip-Hop is officially taking over the desert:



“I feel like Hip-Hop has involved into the pop music; Pop music is Hip-Hop. For years, it has been some variation of rock & roll, and now I feel like it’s evolved to Hip-Hop. If you’re gonna embrace the most popular music like Coachella does, you just have to embrace Hip-Hop. In regards to what we do, I think it’s important to acknowledge the foundation from which we came — that’s what The Roots represents. Back in the day you used to only see rock bands performing with live instrumentation. Now, anyone doing a festival that’s at the caliber of Coachella or wherever you’ll be performing in front of thousands of people will want some live instrumentation. I feel like we represent that foundation.”

Black Thought, The Roots



“Shoutout to the Heineken House people for having us out here.”

– Questlove



“We did the Heineken House a couple of years ago, just Quest and I on a DJ/drum set thing, and I was like, ‘Damn, this would’ve killed if we were able to play this sort of intimate performance with the whole band. It was dope to do this performance tonight with them.”

Black Thought



“I really enjoy a smaller scale situation. I like more intimate crowds — it’s like a dance party.”

— Questlove



“There are so many elements of our show that are De La Soul-inspired or that I’ve jacked from their set [Laughs]. That in itself was also an evolution; to see De La [Soul], the foundation, and coming after them was dope, too. It made for a super special experience. I was watching them in the audience as we did certain shit that came from them, and for them to see what it has become is dope. If we were on a bigger stage where [the crowd] was farther away, it would’ve been different because we wouldn’t have been able to interact and see one another. It was really nice.”

Black Thought



Still in the festival spirit? Peep our style feature on the Best Rap T-Shirts spotted at Coachella during Weekend 1, including Questlove’s hilarious “Fyre Fest” Ja Rule tee!




Images: Jesse Lirola (@jesselirola)

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Nicki Minaj and Management Team Mutually Part Ways

Amid recent career struggles, a new report reveals that Nicki Minaj has decided to part ways with her longtime management team. The exclusive report from Variety revealed that the 36-year-old lyricist and her management team of Gee Roberson, Cortez Bryant and Blueprint/ Maverick Management have mutually decided to separate.

Neither party has released any further details regarding the split, however, the “Chun-Li” rapper has seen a good amount of negative press recently despite dropping a successful fourth album.

READ MORE: Rah Digga Pegs Nicki Minaj as the Only Female Rapper Who Does Not Collab with Other Females

Fans will remember her New York Fashion Week dispute with Cardi B that resulted in some online shots from both sides. Nicki also went after Travis Scott and Kylie Jenner when the ‘Sicko Mode’ rapper’s ‘Astroworld’ album earned the number 1 spot on Billboard beating out Nicki’s ‘Queen’ album, which Nicki has disputed as being inaccurate.

The multi-platinum rapper has also struggled to execute her latest tour, which could be part of the reason Minaj and her management decided to part ways. Since the announcement, artists like Future dropped out of the tour.

READ MORE: Nicki Minaj and Juice WRLD Forced to Cancel Show on European Tour

This is not the only change in the tour.

Future and Tekashi 6ix9ine were both originally supposed to tour with Nicki overseas, and now neither will perform with her. Since Future decided to drop out of the tour and 6ix9ine is incarcerated, Nicki was left with the rising star, Juice Wrld.

Not only did the acts change, but Minaj caught a lot of flack for canceled shows that her team claimed was related to technical issues at different venues. The Variety report says that Minaj and her management team made the decision prior to Nicki’s performance at Coachella.

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Survivor From Nipsey Hussle Shooting Expected to be Released From Jail

The man who was arrested for a parole violation after he was shot with Nipsey Hussle is expected to be released.

Kerry Lathan, 56, was arrested because his parole prohibits him from associating with known gang members, and the late rapper is a member of the Rolling 60’s Crips. Lathan said in a recent interview that he didn’t know the “Racks in the Middle” rapper prior and that he was just there shopping before Eric Holder came and opened gun fire.

After getting hospitalized, Lathan was transferred to Men’s Central Jail in downtown L.A.but TMZ reports that the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation withdrew its petition to revoke his parole.

There’s no telling why the Corrections Department made this decision. Presumably because Nipsey Hussle has been celebrated as a community hero and exemplary leader who promote black ownership and financial literacy. He got love from L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti to President Obama and the LAPD.

Ironically, he was scheduled to meet with the LAPD alongside Roc Nation to discuss combating gang violence.

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Dave East Says Lil Nas X’s Country Trap Hit, ‘Old Town Road’ is Wack

Dave East doesn’t understand the hype behind Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road.”

“This f**king ‘Old Town Road’ sh*t is f**king wack,” he said. “I don’t know what the f**k is going on with hip-hop or rap but…that sh*t is wack with a cape on it. It’s super wack.”

His bold declaration divided Twitter in half.

There are people like E Bro who thinks Dave East is entitled to opinion and his contributions makes a good balance for Hip Hop.

Then there are others who think that he’s just simply being a hater.

How are you feeling Lil Nas X’s breakthrough hit?

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Lil Yachty Reveals he Wrote Yung Miami’s Verses in City Girls’ ‘Act Up’

Lil Yachty pretty much claimed to write the City Girls’ smash hit, “Act Up” in its entirety.

In an interview with Kerwin Frost the Teenage Emotions rapper set the record straight about how much he contributed to the song because people assumed he was credited with only a couple lines. According to this interview, the only part he didn’t write was JT’s last verse. This could be true because JT does have writing credits on the song alongside her label mate and Isaac Earl Bynum.

“He may have said like one thing in the studio and they credit him,” Yachty said. “I wrote the whole song except for JT’s last verse. But everything that everyone is singing and all. I wrote the whole thing.”

“I just thought like them. I know them personally,” he said. “I know what women like to hear…what’s just some raunchy shit?”

Fans were blown away by Lil Yachy’s ability to write such a women-centered raunchy hit.

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SOURCE SPORTS: James Harden Says His Playoff Run is For Nipsey Hussle

So far through the 2019 NBA playoffs, James Harden has been the best player on any court. Aside from wanting to prove that he and his Houston Rockets are the NBA’s best, what is driving the swingman, the memory of Nipsey Hussle.

While on the press conference podium after notching the second straight win against the Utah Jazz, Harden was questioned about the significance of his chain, which has the face of the late rapper.

“He’s one of my close friends. This journey that I’m on is for him, it’s plain and simple,” Harden responded.

Harden and Hussle attended the same school growing up and continued their friendship through their adulthood.

“That name Nip. Everybody knows that name now. I’m just another person helping that name live on.”

The Jazz-Rockets series will shift to Salt Lake City, Utah for Game 3 on Saturday, where Harden will continue to do it for Nipsey.

You can see the moment from Harden’s presser below.

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ScHoolboy Q Announces Release Date and Tracklist for Third Album ‘CrasH Talk’

It’s been more than two years since ScHoolboy Q dropped his Sophomore LP Blankface but now the Hoover Street representative is returning with his new LP, CrasH Talk.

Groovy Q took to social media to reveal the artwork and release date for the album that was jumpstarted with his single “Numb Numb Juice” and followed up with the Travis Scott assisted single “CHopstix.” The album is scheduled to drop April 26th.

The Los Angeles native has a lot to talk about on this album given the recent tragedies in Hip-Hop. The “THat Part” rapper delayed working on music after the passing of his close friend and fellow rap artist Mac Miller last year and Nipsey Hussle who was shot late last month.

Q released a preview of the new album on Monday but waited until Thursday to reveal the tracklist. The 14-track Top Dawg Produced album features Lil Baby, YG, Kid Cudi, Travis Scott, 6Lack, Ty Dolla Sign and 21 Savage.

 

 

 

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