Genre-defying band Shinobi Ninja is an indie music success story. Since forming in 2008, the band has toured extensively, selling over 15,000 copies of their Shinobi Ninja Attacks app in the iTunes store and signing their single “Rock Hood” to NBA 2K12, which sold over 5.5 million copies worldwide. The band penned the theme song to Marlon Wayans' feature film A Haunted House 2 and had their double album Escape From New York / Return From… enter the top 10 on CMJ radio charts, with album singles reaching #1 in select cities across the map. They’ve recently cameoed on Comedy Central’s Broad City and now they have their own CannaSmack branded Shinobi Ninja Lip Balm, root beer flavored, no less. This crew is baller.
The band is comprised of six diverse musicians who, together, have developed a cult following by mashing-up pop with hip-hop, metal and punk music, forging a grassroots movement across the states. Before joining Shinobi, multi-talented Ninja vocalist Edara Johnson, aka Baby G, shared the stage dancing and singing professionally with artists like Rihanna, Santigold, Jason Derulo, Ricky Martin, P. Diddy, LL Cool J, Nelly and Daddy Yankee -- she’s since gone on to provide vocal master classes with Craig Derry of the Sugarhill Gang. Ahead of Shinobi Ninja’s upcoming three date run at this years SXSW in Austin Texas and following New York appearances, Baby G shared Shinobi’s preferred five songs to blaze to. Oh yeah, their new album Bless Up drops this Friday, March 10th, too. They’re hosting an online listening party on Facebook Live so fans across the country can join in.
“Holy Ghost” by The Bar-Kays
I’ve definitely heard this song before, but listening to it stoned is on a whole other level. When I first heard it blazed, I couldn’t help but start dancing. It was an awesome experience. That's when I decided that my band, Shinobi Ninja, must cover this funky tune! We still haven’t done it yet; but when we do, trust that we’ll most definitely be stoned.
“Re-Ignition” by Bad Brains
The first time I heard this song, I was high as a kite. I am not gonna lie. I can’t really tell you what it’s about, but I love to smoke and listen to it nonetheless. I'm sure if I listen to it sober I can understand more clearly what my man HR is talking about. I think I should do this sooner than later, since I need to be on the song’s level. But, every time I hear it I’m high.
“Back and Forth” by Aaliyah
“Back and Forth” is such a fun song to listen to while smoking. It brings out the sexy in me. Confession, I think I’m Aaliyah when I listen to this song high. I walk over to my full length mirror, put on my shades, and act like I’m in a music video. It's such a sexy song. I suggest people roll it up, spark it and rock back and forth.
“We the People” by A Tribe Called Quest
I can’t say enough good things about how I feel when I hear this song. When I smoke and listen to this tune, it makes me feel like I'm about to go out and get my protest on. With everything that is going on right now in the world, I’m so happy ATCQ wrote it. I just listen to the lyrics with a blunt in my hand, shaking my head in agreement. It's like “We The People,” but it’s so true.
“Bending Spoons” by Shinobi Ninja
I didn’t put this song in because it's my band. This is an amazing smoke session song to listen to! Besides its mellowness and smoothness, its reggae vibe takes it to the next level. It makes me feel like I’m on an island or something. Not a lot of songs have that vibe. I be straight visualizing me on the beach, smoking a fatty and listening to “Bending Spoons.” This song most definitely puts me in a trance.
Upcoming tour dates:
March 10th - Our New album Bless Up coming out!!!
March 11th - Kick Butt Coffee - Austin, Texas
March 14th - Flamingo Cantina - Austin, Texas
March 16th - Cheers Rooftop Bar - Austin Texas
April 1st - Knitting Factory (Bless Up album release show) - Brooklyn, NY
April 6th - The Studio @ Webster Hall - Manhattan, NY
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