Goings On: Raekwon at Alive and Well
Hip Hop legend Raekwon of Wu-Tang rolls through Alive and Well for a perfectly legal (mostly, kinda, right?) marijuana-scented 4/20 party.
Over the last few days, shoppers lined up at Easy Street for Record Store Day and environmentalists got on board with Earth Day, but the newly legal (mostly) 4/20, beloved by many as cannabis consumption and comradery day, was in full swing on Saturday, April 20 at Alive and Well.
Sneaker heads celebrated with the release of the Huf x Snoop Dogg collection featuring, well, Mary-Jane inspired socks, monogrammed snapbacks, and signature screen-printed T-shirts of Snoop back in the Doggystyle days.
Although the Huf x Snoop Dogg collection premiere was pretty dope, no pun intended, Saturday's in-store game was really about attaining an autograph, picture, and maybe even a personal puff-puff-pass invitation from cannabis connoisseur and hip hop legend Raekwon of the Wu-Tang Clan, in town for the 4/20 collection release and concert at 95 Slide across the street.
We had a chance to sit down with the mythical MC; here's what he had to say about Seattle smokeables, our biggest hip hop export, and the probability of a Wu-Tang reunion.
-"I've never experienced perp [marijuana] like Seattle's. I remember a friend of mine who was from here bringing me a full bundle of straight perp, it was actually purple. All natural purple perp, I was like, 'Wow.'"
-"Macklemore is a young cat doing his thing, he rhythms how he rhythms and brings his own bounce to it. My thing is everybody has their technique and how they like to do things; it’s really about how you perceive the music to be in your heart. We [Wu-tang] came up under skills and lyrical content and talent that built classics, now it’s about entertainment. But everyone has their own opportunity to listen to what they want to listen to. Music is music; if you have your own fan base that loves you I respect that."
-"We told [fans] when we started that we’d eventually do our own thing, but right now we are working on an album and the Wu-Tang 20th anniversary tour."
Abiola Akanni is a guest blogger at Seattle Met; her blog is called Bora Bora Style.