'Come blaze with us': rap legends Cypress Hill to headline 4/20 event in Vancouver
A group of rap superstars — who live large, with a big house, five cars — will be the top musical attraction at the 2019 4/20 cannabis event in Vancouver.
Organizers tweeted that hip-hop group Cypress Hill will perform a free show at the unsanctioned event which is expected to bring tens of thousands of people to Sunset Beach in Vancouver's West End for a massive smoke-in.
The band also tweeted its confirmation, inviting attendees to "Come blaze with us."
Cypress Hill is best known for a string of hits in the 1990s: Insane in the Brain, How I Could Just Kill a Man, Rock Superstar and Throw Your Set in the Air.
They are considered pioneers of West Coast hip-hop. This month, it was announced they would become the first Latino hip-hop group to be immortalized on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
They also really, really like weed.
Last year's 4/20 event featured another rap legend: Wu-Tang Clan member Raekwon the Chef.
The 2019 edition will be the first since recreational pot was legalized in Canada.
The event started out as a protest against weed's illegality but despite the laws mellowing out, organizers have said there is still a need for their activism.
The 2018 edition brought a reported 40,000 people to Sunset Beach — the event's home since 2016 — but also brought a whopping $300,000 bill for rehabilitating Sunset Beach after the crowd dispersed like so much smoke.
The idea of finding an alternate location for the event has been long discussed. The Pacific National Exhibition grounds have been floated as one possibility.
However, despite both 4/20 and the PNE offering music, munchies and varying types of cones, the fair is not insane, in the brain or otherwise, about hosting the smoke-in.