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Interview With Tajai Of Hieroglyphics / Souls Of Mischief

This year, on 4/19, we were blessed to have one of the true Oakland originators join us for our celebration. Tajai boasts membership in the associated Souls Of Mischief and Hieroglyphics crews, two East Bay hip-hop groups that created the sounds of the city we know and love, the music that has been played on countless car stereos while we drove around, feeling at once right at home and a million miles away. While an  “joint” by exceptionally-crafted third-eye logo “joint” by chris68ironchef was being passed around, we got to catch up with Tajai.

Blum Oakland: What do you think of the event?

Tajai: It’s awesome man. I’m so glad so many people came out to chill and medicate in a safe environment. Eat good food, enjoy good fellowship, and come together. [It’s a] beautiful Sunday afternoon.

Blum Oakland: You were just taking a puff off a joint in the shape of the Souls Of Mischief/Hieroglyphics third-eye logo. What is it about that image that has sustained for so long?

Tajai: I think our commitment to quality–and this sounds hella corporate, but I’m dead serious about music–our commitment to quality is the first and foremost. What we’re about is to stay cutting edge, stay ahead of the curve, from day one to now. The symbol represents that. It doesn’t represent a brand, it represents forward motion, opening the third eye, pre-cognition, and advancement. I think we are able to make the symbol mean that.

Blum Oakland: The Souls Of Mischief classic, “93 Til Infinity,” was playing a few minutes ago. Do you remember recording that track?

Tajai: Yeah, fresh out of high school I think we recorded it in ’92. When we made it, we were like ,’This is it.’

Blum Oakland: [On the recording], You actually introduce the track.

Tajai: Yeah.

Blum Oakland: Do you remember what you wanted to say [with the introduction]?

Tajai: Just like, an image of where we’re from, and a lot of that is based on reality, but there’s also this other side of where we’re from that makes where we live the best place to live on earth. Like, look, we can go up to the mountains and shit, in an afternoon, look at this earth, and we can be back chilling, blazing good, everyone kicking it. We didn’t have no gun talk, we used to be on the corner chilling, probably looking like a bunch of hoodlums, but we were just rappers, like little kid rappers, 15 or 16. So I try not to stigmatize the youth that are out there today, like, Okay, they do look like the bad part of a hood movie, but they could be kids just chilling after school wanting to get some chips and juice to go and hang out at their house. That’s what we represented, that regular part of Oakland. We were just regular chill dudes.

Blum Oakland: We’re in the infinity now, 22 years later, closer to the infinity at least. Could you ever imagine something like this back then? This culture emerging into the mainstream?

Tajai: I think what’s emerging into the mainstream is reality. In Reality, cats’ grandpas have a stash, you know what I’m saying, for medicinal [purposes]. Look man, this has existed for 1000s of years, not 100s of years, but 1000s of years. It didn’t just start growing. It’s been around since the dinosaurs. The culture has always been there. Not just medicinal herb, but holistic health. Its really the honesty about it thats becoming mainstream.

Thanks to Tajai for joining Blum for an unforgettable 4/19! Tajai’s new record “Rap Hard” drops imminently on Clear Label Records. Hiero day returns to Oakland September 3rd.

Hiero Kicks Off 420 On 4/19 This Year

You read that right. We know 4/20 on a Monday isn’t a fun as it could be. So Tajai from Oakland’s world-famous Hieroglyphics crew joins Blum at 4:20pm on Sunday, 4/19 this year for a special appearance. Don’t miss this exciting event!

4/20 continues on Monday, 4/20, featuring:

  • Limited edition Hiero/420 apparel, accessories, and skate decks
  • Limited edition Hiero/420 concentrates and medicine
  • DJ Quest plus live music
  • Taco Stand (free tacos with medicinal purchase)

Our 4/20 celebration starts at 10am on both Sunday, 4/19 and Monday, 4/20, and runs til 8pm.

Happy 4/20!

Holiday Drive For St. Vincent’s

We are pleased to announce that we are partnering with St. Vincent’s for another Holiday Drive, but this year, instead of contributing to a toy drive, we are accepting donations of these essential items:
  • HYGIENE PRODUCTS (TRAVEL SIZE)
  • GLOVES/BEANIES/SOCKS (ALL AGES)
  • WHITE BATH TOWELS

For the hygiene products, we are looking for shower gel/body wash, lotion, deodorant, shave cream, disposable razors, tooth paste, toothbrushes, etc. We know it doesn’t sound like as much fun as toys, but believe us, these are the necessities that greatly improve quality of life for children and adults alike.

The Drive runs from 12/17-12/31. For each donation, you will receive 5-10% off of your purchase, at the discretion of management. One discount per patient per day.

Happy holidays!

Private Reserve OG Honored at Cannabis Cup

This past weekend, Blum Oakland’s Private Reserve OG took home 2nd place in the Hybrid category at the 2014 Patients’ Choice San Francisco Medical Cannabis Cup! Thanks to the patients who participated, and, more importantly, the Blum patients who have made this bud so popular.

Closed For Thanksgiving

Blum Oakland is closed for Thanksgiving, but we will be open again on Friday for normal hours, 10am-8pm. Happy Turkey Day!

Thanksgiving Food Drive (Through 11/30)

From now through November 30th, Blum is participating in a food drive for the Davis Street Family Recourse Center.

Patients are encouraged to bring non-perishable, unopened, and cleanly labeled foods for the cause. Bring up to three cans for a ticket good for 10% Off of your purchase. (1 ticket limit/day; 1 ticket limit/transaction.)

Help us help others this Thanksgiving season!

There’s gold in that green marijuana [VIDEO]

This video, from the Reno Gazette-Journal about the impending green rush in Nevada, also happens to feature Blum as an example of what Nevada dispensaries could look like! (Click the box in the bottom-righthand corner of the video to enlarge.)

There’s a new gold rush in Nevada, all centered around a green plant.

Sometime in the spring of 2015, Nevada’s medical marijuana industry will be open for business. Doctors say medical marijuana will help patients with cancer, chronic pain, post-traumatic stress disorder and other ailments.

Others see the green in a different light. The marijuana business offers excellent potential for profit, so much so that it has attracted the rich and famous of Nevada.

“There are a lot of people who are savvy business people who see this as an opportunity to make money,” said Pete Krueger, president of the Nevada Medical Marijuana Association, a business group. “And God bless them, that’s the American way.”

ArcView Group, a San Francisco-based investing and market research firm for high-net-worth investors, estimated the national legal market (including recreational and medical marijuana) was $1.53 billion in 2013, according to Forbes. That’s expected to grow to $2.57 billion by the end of 2014. Marijuana sales in Washington and Colorado — the two states where recreational marijuana is legal — is expected to pull in $316 million and $802 million, respectively, in 2014. (Read the rest at RJG)