It’s no secret that Colorado is the place to be for 420 festivities worldwide, even long before the era of legalization. Our favorite stoney musicians know just as well as the rest of us, and everybody wants in. So stoners, non-smokers, dabblers and dabbers- rejoice! Snoopy Double G is returning to Fiddler’s Green Amphitheater on 4/20 for the third year in a row and bringing a mean team with him. This year, the OG of marijuana culture Snoop Dogg is inevitably showing face, along with Future, Kevin Gates and Tory Lanez for the 3rd annual Merry Jane Wellness Retreat. The artists featured are some of the ruling hard knocks of today’s rap scene, bringing to us a show characterized by some of the biggest names in modern gangster rap. Last year’s Wellness Retreat sold out almost immediately, and with a lineup like this year’s, Colorado’s biggest 4/20 celebration is sure to outdo itself. It’s going to be a very merry four-twenty indeed.
Snoop will feel right at home returning to Fiddler’s Green Amphitheater in Englewood, CO for his third year in the spotlight at Merry Jane’s Wellness Retreat. Englewood is one letter away from Inglewood after all. As the grandfather of gangster rap, Snoop Dogg brought you all the classic raps such as The Next Episode and Smoke Weed Everyday. He’s been non-stop producing since the 90s and there is no end in sight for his musical endeavors, which have explored mediums ranging from modern pop to reggae and even dabbling in the world of electronic music. It is truly a treat for people of any age and background to see the legend perform as his doggpound gangster self, which he incorporates in all stages of his development as an artist and in his shows. As one of the most prominent advocates of marijuana culture of our time, it is only appropriate to welcome him to Colorado on the official day of marijuana appreciation. Snoop will be stoked to head back to our state he’s grown to love almost as much as his bud, which is now being sold legally and exclusively in Colorado with the launch of his line Leafs by Snoop.
Future returns to Colorado for the second time this year, following his Purple Reign tour that brought him to Denver in March. Take it from the BFS reps that were there- Future puts on a performance that is not to miss. Future has steadily climbed his way to the top of today’s rap scene in the past years, pioneering in trap rap style and developing the sound that is being emulated by all of today’s hottest rappers. He could be considered the face of modern-day gangster rap, a style emergent from the Southern states that emphasizes trap lifestyle and a reinforced passion for the art of weed smoking. After creating his own label Freebandz in 2012, he’s put out multiple albums featuring big names such as Drake, Lil Wayne, Juicy J and Wiz Khalifa. His songs have the typical trap beats and catchy verses that you probably know all the words to, think Thought It Was a Drought and Trap N****s.
Kevin Gates, with a mouth for censored for nobody (except maybe his grill-lickin’ dawgs... see below), has a heavy following and notoriously sold-out shows every time he’s passed through Denver. Hailing from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the southern rapper is another icon of modern trap rap with his own distinct flair. His raspy southern drawl is one-of-a-kind, matching his eccentric self that can only be understood by listening and appreciating his songs. After spending ten years in prison, Gates made it out the grasp of crime and poverty to become an up-and-coming artist shaping the gangster style that so many rappers attempt to replicate today. He came onto the scene in 2011 when he hauled over a million views on YouTube for his single Satellites, soon becoming celebrated as a hometown hero and acquiring a strong supporting fan base. His mixtape The Luca Brasi Story, released in 2013, came out with hits such as I Don’t Get Tired and Word Around Town (feat. Rich Homie Quan) that set off a frenzy on social media with references to Gates’ conspicuous lyrics. Kevin Gates is only just getting started. His newest debut album Islah, which appropriately means “new beginnings”, features hits like 2 Phones and Really Really- both trap-heavy songs that are taking on the likes from the frat party to the streets of Louisiana. And according to recent Instagram rambles, it looks like Gates is leaking some new-new, with a sweet chance to be previewed at Wednesday’s show…
Tickets are on sale and going fast- don’t expect to get a better deal on them than now. If you’re a true G, you’ll get yours at:
Written by Ana Lewett
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