It’s no secret that the legendary rapper Eazy E was a fan of cannabis and a hard working man, and it seems his son, who goes by Lil Eazy-E, is continuing that legacy. Ruthless Records, which has been the record label of the father and the son, is putting on two hip-hop festivals in Southern California, and they’re going to feature medical marijuana.

The whole thing is called the End of Summer Sesh Hip Hop Festival. and it’ll feature Lil Eazy-E, Bone Thugs N Harmony, Dogg Pound and many others. Lil Eazy-E told The 420 Times he’s a longtime advocate of legalization, and he’s been using cannabis most of his life.

“I’m like Dr. Green Thumb, you can say,” he said. “I’m a real connoisseur to it. When I was younger, I started to grow my first plant. I popped a seed the day of my birthday. I kind of went through the whole knowledge and educated myself on it.”

Lil Easy-E said he loves doing shows, and it’s even better when those shows have some medical marijuana present. He joked that since he’s a father of six children, he needs medical marijuana more than most. E said cannabis helps his creative process when he’s writing songs.

“It helps in many forms, as far as the creative side and doing music,” he told The 420 Times. “That’s a person’s relaxation. You know what I mean? Once you’re in the process of creating, when you’re doing an album or when you’re doing anything, anybody or any rapper knows that’s kind of your safe zone.”

“It’s a must,” E said. “You can’t be in a studio session without your bag.”

Bigg A, a longtime figure in the hip hop world who currently works with Snoop Dogg, Lil Eazy-E and many others, chimed in to agree with E. “It helps me think. We’re futurists. We’re visionaries, so it does take me to another level, and it does relax me,” Bigg A said. “I can go from a Kush to a sativa or indica, man, based on how I feel. And I do have back problems, so I do smoke as my secondary medication for my back pain.”

Bigg A said he’s been smoking since the 1970s, and the biggest surprise he’s had since California legalized medical marijuana was that he started seeing grandmas buying weed right next to him at dispensaries. He said he never saw that coming when he was buying marijuana off the street back in the day.

Lil Eazy-E told The 420 Times he’s currently working on an EP, and he’s also working on a couple other side projects. He said, like his father, he’s working hard every day and trying to find the “hottest talent” in California. We can only imagine the first meeting involves a few joints being passed around while they listen to their music.

Both Bigg A and Lil Eazy-E are excited to see how legalization will change California, and they hope shows like the ones they’re about to be involved in will help get rid of the stigma that still surrounds cannabis. They see them as a way to further the conversation surrounding the drug.

The End of Summer Sesh looks like it’s going to be a great show, and it will take place at two locations in California. The first location is Victorville, Calif. on October 21, which will be followed by Los Angeles on January 20. There will be over 20 acts, food and drink and, of course, marijuana vendors.

“We are throwing this festival as a tribute to my father and keeping his legacy alive,” Lil Eazy-E said. “Marijuana was a part of his life and is a part of our culture and our music.  We needed the festival to be 420 friendly to represent all we are as a family of creative minds and artist.”

To find out more information or buy tickets visit www.ruthlessrecordsinc.com.

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Thor Benson is a traveling writer currently based in Los Angeles. His writing has been featured in Vice, The Atlantic, The Daily Beast and elsewhere. He can be found in a run-down whiskey bar. Follow him on Twitter at: @thor_benson.

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