Joey Galeano grew up cooking beside his Italian mother and grandmother in their New York kitchen. By age 14, he was working in restaurants, and later honed his craft in positions as a private chef, restaurateur, mixologist, and caterer. He’s catered VIP parties, appeared in national media, and cooked at Michael Jordan's Steak House in Chicago (one of his personal highlights).
Today, Joey has his dream job. As the Executive Chef for MagicalButter, Chef Joey Galeano resides in Florida, touring the country and world with TeamMB, making appearances at trade shows, festivals and conventions, as well as performing live cooking demonstrations and educating people about the benefits of healthy gourmet herbal cooking. MAGNETIC really digs the MagicalButter MBe2 machine Joey uses. It’s the world’s first botanical extractor and the first appliance to digitally control heating, blending, and steeping functions for easy, consistent extractions.
Never one to rest on his laurels, Chef Joey is constantly perfecting established recipes and whipping up new ones to optimize the MBe2 experience. And he and the rest of TeamMB work tirelessly to help improve the quality of people’s lives while teaching them to have more fun in the kitchen. That’s why we asked the talented chef to share his five favorite songs for this week’s Weedsday Playlist.
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“Back in tha Day” by Erykah Badu
Erykah Badu’s “Back in tha Day” is about hanging out with your people, vibing on positivity, and getting blazed. With lyrics like “Soulflower take me flying with you” and “Would ride around the park till it’s after dark. Pumpin' the trunk with the windows rolled up, puff” and the funky ass soulful flow she brings, Badu makes this a sure fire go-to when smoking, dabbing, or enjoying my favorite edibles. She has such a beautiful raspy and jazzy voice—it was hard to narrow it down to just one. But this song is a neck-jerker that just makes you feel good heady vibes!
“1970 Somethin’” by Notorious B.I.G.
It’s a remake of one of Biggie's classics, “Respect.” This version is more soulful and features his late wife Faith Evans and The Game. I love how his songs take me for a mental ride into 1990s Brooklyn. He’s my all time favorite rapper. Spending as much time in Brooklyn as I did in the ‘90s, I got to see it all first hand. He was overweight (a.k.a. “Biggie”) and called himself the “ugliest,” but he always portrayed absolute confidence. It was awesome to see someone from his tuff-ass circumstances make it as big as he did. It was incredible. He was a master at storytelling and had impeccable timing when rapping. The G.O.A.T.
“Jammin” 12” Version by Bob Marley
This is such a classic track. This version is extended and layered with awesome extra effects. “Jammin” brings me back to my freshman year at University of Tennessee. We use to hang out at my man Mike's house and listen to song after song, album after album, reggae artist after artist. When he first played this version of “Jammin,” I made him replay it about 10 times. I just couldn’t get enough—this version makes me perk up and wanna spark a spliff. Like Bob Marley himself, this song makes people feel ire—and it’s a true classic.
“Cliff Notes” by Action Bronson
Action Bronson is a rapper and former chef for the NY Mets. I’m a former rapper and chef for MagicalButter. We both have a love for food, cannabis, and hip-hop. I’ve been inspired by Bronson’s food-related lyrics, motivating me to cook more cultured meals infused with top notch infusions made directly in the MagicalButter machine. The beat and his flow on this song gets me amped. The NYC style combined with food references reminds me of Brooklyn in the ‘90s. It's close to my heart.
Actually, this song speaks to me for a lot of reasons. It's like I'm walking down 6th Avenue, heading towards The Cage at the corner of West 4th Street (one of the most famous basketball courts in NYC, and America). I’m grabbing a Papaya Dog, hangin’ out in Washington Square Park, getting blunted. The hook is perfect—I am not illiterate no no even a little bit! / Straight up, I make the music just for you! / Nothing like an idiot / Get it? It’s especially great or playing around in the kitchen like a giant kid, making culinary creations. Yet, I take my craft very seriously and I’m blessed to have one of the best minds in the cannabis world, our CEO Garyn Angel, in my court, so I can stay informed on the latest cannabis science. My passion is making the most delicious culinary creations you’ve ever eaten...and they happen to be cannabis infused. I’m doing it just for you.
“Listen!!!” by Talib Kweli
There are so many of Talib’s songs that I love, but the beat on this one gets my blood flowing fast and gives me energy. It's like having a shot of espresso with a side of jumping beans. You gotta dance, bop your head, or just move your ass in some way. Talib Kweli's always saying something positive and thought-provoking in his songs. This song puts me in a "I can do anything" kind of mood. The flute, the strings, the singing...love it.