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Method Man & Redman In Denver For Myxed Up 420 2014

Continued from the 4/20 2014 Recap blog post

It was another beautiful spring evening in Denver, Colorado!  The city was a abuzz with excitement as the state turned into a hub of activity for locals and visitors!  Many corners of the state took on a festival type of atmosphere with events of all kinds geared towards just about every type of person.  Whether you were young or old, if you were into rock, jazz, dubstep or hip-hop, looking for a party, or a quiet place to enjoy the silence, there was something going on that you could be a part of to enjoy the holiday.  It was no different for Denver, and for the Myxed Up Family as people started to gear up for the highlight of OUR weekend!  Myxed Up Creations was once again taking center stage this 4/20, sharing the spotlight with Yolo Rum, Weedmaps, Altitude Dispensary, and Party Guru Productions for this years Myxed Up 420 featuring Method Man and Redman! 
As the stores at various Myxed Up locations wrapped up their business portion of the 4/20 weekend, you could feel the anticipation in the air.  It was just about time to party for real!  The first objective was to meet up with all of the Myxed Up 420 raffle winners, grab some drinks and dinner, and get the Method Man and Redman pre-party underway.  The Myxed Up 420 raffle had some great prizes including gift packs from E-710, and a deluxe e-hookah package, but make no bones about it, the grand prize is what everyone was shooting for!  The top prize, which was awarded to one person at each Myxed Up Creations location, was a Colorado 420 Experience that would be tough to beat.  Included in this Colorado 420 Experience was 2 VIP tickets to the Method Man and Redman show at Cervantes, catered dinner, hotel stay, and transportation to and from the show.  What started out as a great idea, quickly validated itself as such, and as the prize winners began to arrive to get the evening kicked off, it was quickly evident that this would be a night of fun that no one would soon forget!
                                   
                                   
Joining forces with the winners from the four Myxed Up locations were various members of the Myxed Up Crew.  Some of which were stores employees, and friends of the store, including some of our favorite glass blowers and other various partners.  After everyone had a chance to settle in and munch down some Famous Dave's  BBQ, it was time to kick back a couple drinks of Yolo Rum(for those of age), and mingle around for a bit.  As the room started to loosen up, and people had the chance to make their acquaintances, you could feel the energy of the room start to take off!  What would soon begin to develop was the true Colorado 420 Experience!
                                   
                                   
                                   
Everyone was feeling great!  Co-workers, managers, associates, employees, bosses, customers, acquaintances,  We were all old friends now.  Myxed Up Family!...
...Finally!  The wait was over.  And up rolled the Detoxify Party Bus!  Time for one more picture, and then it was time to roll out to the show!
The pre-party was quickly transferred over to the Detoxify Party Bus and soon we were on our way!  Anyone that has even been on a party bus knows that ride to the show ends up being a highlight all it's own when you reflect back on the night, and this would be no exception.  Denver, Colorado, 420, 2014, Method Man and Redman, Myxed Up Creations!  For whatever reason, this felt like the center of the universe right now, and as the basslines of the Wu-Tang album vibrated through the bus's sound system, pretty soon our own little mini-concert broke out on the ride to the show.  We had transformed into Cervantes mobile, destination Myxed Up 420!
                                   
                                   
                                   
As one would expect, the party again transplanted itself with little effort into the venue as we arrived at Cervantes.  We made it just in time to enjoy the two opening acts right before the headliners.  The place was already completely packed by the time we got there for Sunspot Jonz and 8Ball & MJG.  The crowd was already well hyped and the vibe was right!  And once Method Man and Redman hit the stage, the place went nuts!  This was the second performance of the day for the hip-hop legends, who had already performed a special 4:20 performance earlier in the afternoon at the same spot, while Leftover Salmon and other bands rocked out in the streets in front of Cervantes earlier in the day as well.  You wouldn't have been able to tell it was their second show though as their infections energy soon whipped the crowd up into a complete frenzy!  This was history in the making, and Method Man and Redman more than lived up to the anticipation surrounding the event.
                                   
                                   

I think it's safe to say that the hip-hop duo had this date circled on their calendar, and for good reason.  Where else would the "How High" co-stars rather be to spend their 4/20 than in Denver, Colorado?  They even had pictures of our billboards posted on their Instagram feeds well in advance of the historical weekend!

Their excitement leading up to this day certainly carried over to the stage, without question, and the two delivered a performance that left little doubt in your head about why these are two of the best MC's in hip-hop.  Their exuberant execution of their set-list was flawless, and every step of the way they encouraged and challenged the crowd to just try and keep up with them.  They swept in and out of classics from their prior releases Blackout and Blackout 2, as well as solo hit's and Wu-Tang cuts that perched the two MC's at the top of the hip-hop pecking order for the better part of their 20+ year careers!  Method Man shouted "We're taking you back to 1994!" as he rallied into "Method Man" from from the original "36 Chambers".  Another occasion among many memorable moments saw Method Man whip up much of the Cervantes crowd into a mosh pit as he shouted out the O.D.B. and dropped into the classic "Shimmy Shimmy Ya".  The evening show saw the Funk Doc, Redman, make his way almost entirely to the back of the venue while surfing the crowd!  We also got to witness Method Man looking like a messiah walking on water as he stood atop the crowds raised hands, ever so fitting for this Easter night show.  On a couple of occasions the twosome eluded to future sequel releases of Blackout 3 and How High 2 (which allegedly feature their two How High characters, Silas and Jamal, moving to Boulder).  Rounding out the show was DJ Allah Mathematics weaving the fabric of the beats for the evening, as well as taking a few moments in the set for a little freestyle scratch session.  Also joining them on stage during the set was Streetlife, another Wu-Tang ally from days past.

                                   

                                   

                                   

Myxed Up 420 2014 was an amazing experience for everyone involved.  A very select and lucky few got to experience the event up close and personal!  Everything about the weekend as a whole was incredible.  We had a great 3 days at all of the stores, and got the chance to see so many old friends, and meet some new friends from Colorado, and over the country.  We got to be first hand at Red Rocks for Slightly Stoopid and launch a tailgate party in the parking lot.  We had the opportunity to celebrate 420 like no one else does with some lucky fans from the 420 raffle, and then experience an amazing show at Cervantes with two Hip-Hop legends in Redman and Method Man.  And once again we sincerely thank every one of you that shared in that experience with us!  We know 4/20 2015 is going to be another wild one.  And we invite you to join in the fun with us again next year!

For a full photo album from the show, check out the Method Man and Redman gallery on the Yolo Rum website.

Additional photo credit Kiddest Metafaria, 303 Magazine.  For a full recap of the party and to see more of Kiddest's awesome pictures from the show, check out 303 Magazine for their write-up.



Posted by Sam Hines on 28 May, 2014 420, Colorado, Denver, events, method man, Redman, wu-tang clan | 0 comments | Read more →

Wu-Years Eve Review and Wrap Up

                                                     

Wu-Years Eve, Tuesday December 31 2013.  On the eve of the new year, 2014, and sitting at the doorstep of change.  The day, and the event arrived with much anticipation.  Wu-Years Eve was everywhere you looked in the media.  Every list of the best events in Denver had Wu-Years Eve penciled in towards the top.  Even Rolling Stone Magazine listed Wu-Years Eve as not only one of the best events in Denver, but a noteworthy event of global proportions.  The Wu-Tang Clan, quite possibly the most important and influential crew in hip-hop history, saw 3 original members reunited to spend New Years Eve with the Mile High City.  20 years since the release of "Enter The Wu-Tang" altered the path of HipHop forever, Method Man, Raekwon, and Ghostface Killah were set to take center stage for a sold out Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom.  Headlining sponsors for the event were Yolo Rum, a local Denver liquor company, and LivWell Enlightened Health, a Colorado dispensary with 9 locations across the state. 

The night opened with DJ Hoppa warming up the venue.  The smoke and the people started packing the dance floor early, as eager Denverites jockeyed for position in what was sure to be a historic evening.  As DJ Hoppa brought a unique blend of hip-hop and trap beats, he had the place rocking from the word go. The energy and the the whole vibe of the place was already elevated and was rising quickly.

                                   

After DJ Hoppa finished bringing his bass heavy set to the Colorado masses, it was time for local hip-hop outfit, The Foodchain.  The Denver based live hip-hop collective is comprised of 4 MC's, 2 producers, a DJ and a drummer.  The Foodchain list the crews members in their Facebook page as C-1 the Traveler, Mic "Chinchilla" Coats, ChampionSoundKillaBlack, FL, Mo Heat, Mass Prod, and Dj Louiscide.  The Foodchain most definitely kept the crowd hyped with the warm sound and vibe that only live hip-hop with live instruments can bring.  They moved fluidly through a set that included what's sure to be an instant local classic, so relevant to the time and place, "Young Amsterdam".  It was my first chance to see The Foodchain live and they didn't disappoint.  The Foodchain's set ended shortly before midnight, and suddenly, the time was upon us.

                          

                          

With the anticipation of the crowd, and the energy of Cervantes whipped up into a frenzy, the lights went low, and the unmistakable signature sound of the Shaolin started to rattle through the room.  With DJ and producer Allah Mathematics occupying the turntables on the elevated platform on the stage, the sounds of the kung-fu movie style intro gave way to "Bring Da Ruckus", and the trio stepped on stage as the crowd erupted in screams, cheers, flashing cameras, "Wu's in the air", and plumes of smoke.

                          

It was shortly before midnight as they wound down "Bring Da Ruckus", and an abbreviated countdown segued to the announcement that it was midnight, it was 2014, and we were living in a new world in Colorado.  As Method Man announced the new year, and his approval of Colorado's new laws, others on stage tossed goodies into the crowd, much to the delight of those on the receiving end.  At that point, Method Man rallied into the intro to the track "M-E-T-H-O-D MAN" and the place went bonkers!  Meth himself must have felt right at home, as he was already stage diving by the end of the track, before they had been on stage for even 10 minutes.  The performance only heated up from there as the trio spit a wide variety of tracks from the Wu-Tang arsenal, dipped into tracks from the 3 MC's solo cuts, and back into unforgettable Wu-Tang anthems.  The crew was even joined on stage by Wu-Tang Clan associate Streetlife for much of the set. 

                          

Some of the notable highlights saw a tribute to fallen Wu-Tang member ODB, as the crew performed "I Like It Raw", and "Brooklyn Zoo" to a mosh pit that Method Man once again provoked and joined momentarily.  As the tribute to ODB continued, the 3 looked for an audience member to join them on stage to spit ODB's verse on "Protect Ya Neck".  This didn't go so well for the first participant as he couldn't quite capture that ODB diction and delivery, and had to give way to a slightly older Latino gentleman that got the tribute back on track by flawlessly delivering ODB's bars.  The dance floor once again erupted as Ghostface Killah celebrated with the audience member, and the show moved forward.  In another tribute to Run-D.M.C.'s DJ Jam Master Jay, Wu's DJ Allah Mathematics dropped into his own solo DJ performance.  He moved the crowd, and showed off his turntablism skills, scratching records on actual Technics turntables, with actual records, scratching around the back and between his legs, while taking his shoes off and scratching with his nose and juggling beats back and forth all the while.  An impressive display indeed.  At one point Method Man quipped that, with all the member on stage being over 40, that everyone should be able to keep up with them, and it did seem like the Denver crowd did what they could to keep pace as the crew smashed through track after track.

                          

All in all, it was an amazing performance, on an amazing and historic night.  It was a performance that toed the line between both rehearsed and improvised moments, all the while never skipping a beat, and keeping the energy level high, and the crowed involved and engaged throughout the duration of the show.  The trio delivered a lively and memorable set that showed why these 3 were part of spearheading such a wide ranging movement, that established the Wu-Tang Clan as legends, breaking new ground and setting trends in the Hip-Hop game for decades after their arrival, and most likely for decades to come.  

                          

                          

                          

 

                

 

                

 

We would also like to thank the other sponsors that helped make this show happen, Detoxify Brand, Envy Glass, Vape Ape, and Glenn Glass.

We would also like to announce that we are happy to be partnering up with Cervantes again in April, as Myxed Up Creations and Yolo Rum Present the 21st annual Myxed Up 420, with Method Man and Redman!  Sunday April 20th, 2014!

                          

 

 Additional photos courtesy of Westword, photo credit Brandon Marshall.

 

                                           

                       

 

One more photo courtesy The Foodchain Music Tumblr page.

                                          

Posted by Sam Hines on 10 January, 2014 events, ghostface killah, method man, raekwon, wu-tang clan, WuYears Eve | 0 comments | Read more →

Wu-Year's Eve Coming Tuesday December 31st 2013

Myxed Up Creations is super stoked to be a part of history as we ring in the new year for 2014 and everything that comes along with it.  To mark the occasion, we have teamed up with Yolo Rum, LivWell, Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom, as well as Detoxify, Vape Ape, Envy Glass, and Glenn Glass to bring to you Wu-Year's Eve!

 

Wu-Year's Eve will feature Wu members Method Man, Raekwon, and Ghostface Killah.  Filling out this sick line-up is DJ Hoppa as well as local Denver hip-hop outfit The Foodchain.  The show will be at Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom, doors open at 8:00pm, show starts at 9:00pm.  The event is 16+.

To pick up your tickets to pop bottles with hip-hop royalty --------> GO HERE

To join the discussion online, and stay updated on event info, join the Facebook event page --------> HERE

The show has already seen both local and national press, to further reinforce the fact that this party is going to be the place to be in Denver on New Year's Eve. The Denver Post picked Wu-Year's Eve as the top New Year's destination for hip-hop fans in Denver.   And if that wasn't good enough, the show also made Rolling Stones list of the best New Year's eve concerts in the world!  Wu-Year's Eve even got the shout out on CNN when Denver Post Editor (that's a real title by the way) Ricardo Baca interviewed with Don Lemon on-air earlier this month.

 

 

Wu-Tang Clan aint nuthing ta F' wit, and Wu-Year's Eve aint nuthing ta F' wit either if you're still trying to figure out where you're going be on New Year's Eve in a little over a week!  Where will you be when everything changes?

Posted by Sam Hines on 20 December, 2013 events, ghostface killah, method man, raekwon, wu-tang clan, wu-year's eve | 0 comments | Read more →

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