Cypress Hill, alongside local musical acts, ready to hit Vancouver’s 4/20 main stage

West Coast rap group Cypress Hill says they’re ready to headline a free concert in Vancouver today (April 20) despite local politicians requesting they back out.

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West Coast rap group Cypress Hill says they’re ready to headline a free concert in Vancouver today (April 20) despite local politicians requesting they back out.

After accepting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Thursday (April 18), Los Angeles celebrity gossip outlet TMZ snagged the group for a quick interview. And it became quickly apparent that news of Vancouver’s recent battles over it’s 25th annual 4/20 cannabis protest and farmers market had made its way down south.

The reporter first asked the group what they thought of the city’s park board trying to cancel their appearance—a motion advanced by board commissioner John Coupar. The event kicks off another year without a permit, and some local politicians are looking to have it shut down or moved.

Group frontman B-Real laughed and responded: “It is what it is. Throughout our career we’ve faced those kinds of obstacles and still today you see that we do, but we still keep pushing on.”

‘You can never stop a hip-hop legend,’ he later adds.

Kresnt

A homegrown Vancouverite, Kresnt is helping define a modern Canadian West Coast hip hop sound. The rising Afghan-Canadian rapper’s style has been described as a blend of “melodic vocals and clever lyricism”.

In April of 2018, he dropped his single “In Your Place” from his six-track EP The Lunar Phase, which has now clocked over two-million views.

Giorgi Holiday

Vancouver-based artist Giorgi Holiday‘s mellow melodies are everything any stoner needs when being blissfully lulled into a cozy canna-coma. The Canadian-Moroccan singer draws in the audience in with ultra-sultry, oh-so-smooth vocals and a style described as a blend of R&B and ‘neo-soul’.

Last year, Holiday dropped two seshy singles: “Internet Boyfriend” and ‘1time’.

The lineup also includes the likes of selector Lt. Irie, Gisto, Heatpack, artist collective Newnu, and Big Puffa. Throughout the day, local cannabis activists like Jodie Emery, Dana Larsen, David Malmo-Levine, and Chris Bennett will deliver speeches on their advocacy efforts.

The protest and farmers market, now in its 25th year, is an all-day festival with a collective spark-up at 4:20 p.m. and is held at Sunset Beach Park.

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