“Hawaii” Mike Salman is someone who made a career influencing global brands. He is now focused on normalizing the use of cannabis as an everyday essential through his new endeavor Chef For Higher. He’s a nomad at heart who would be happiest traveling the world with his wife and sharing his love for cannabis. But for the immediate future he’s splitting his time between Brooklyn and California hosting Fly Private supper clubs and releasing a line of cooking essentials through Chef For Higher. As an ambassador for cannabis, we asked him to provide us a Weedsday playlist and he delivered with tunes by EWF, Outkast and others.
“Legalize It” Peter Tosh
Both of my parents are musicians, I grew up listening to various genres of music around a lot of weed smoke. Needless to say we were pro-legalization, so Bob Marley and Peter Tosh were on regular rotation, my house was actually the smoke spot for me and my friends cause the law looked down upon us youth out in the streets. Wonder if Peter Tosh’s “advertising” personality would have created the #LegalizeIt hashtag if he was around in the digital age, he probably would have been dope with social media, smoke one to that.
“Got To Get You Into My Life” - Earth, Wind & Fire
Both versions of the record were played in my house as a kid, and even now as an adult because my wife loves classics. It was always a great song but it wasn’t until I heard Paul McCartney’s explanation that it was about his introduction, and desire, for cannabis that made me really appreciate it. I admit, I thought it was just about a woman, which is the beauty in interpreting art. This is a nice tune for a chill smoke session, just vibe out on the melody.
“How to Roll a Blunt” - Redman
Anyone who knows me now would never believe this. I started smoking at 12 but didn’t learn how to roll until I moved to NYC the summer of ’92. Phillies were the vessel of choice which meant that’s what I need to perfect and Redman’s first verse is a step by step, an archaic one, on how to roll one with a fat bag of ism. (ed. note - this “ism” would have lots of stems and seeds cause we’re talking about NYC in ’92, yuck) This track was a big part of my intro to NYC/Tri-State smoking culture which started making me appreciate the art of of the process.
"Crumblin' Erb - Outkast
Andre and Big Boi rode Cadillacs onto the scene from the depths of the South like what?! Completely different flows, slang, look, style, than anyone we heard before them, couple that, with their Southern accents and they instant favorites. Though I hadn’t spent much time in ATL, I could relate to their outlook and perspective, plus, extra curricular activities were similar. "There's only so much time left in this crazy world. I'm just crumblin' erb, I'm just crumblin’ erb,” that could be referring to right now.
“The Next Episode” Dr Dre feat. Snoop Dogg, Kurupt, Nate Dogg
We survived Y2K, this was the anthem for how we were continuing life heading into the 21st century. On top of the world, no one could take us from our place at the top of the food chain, we are the masters of our destiny, full flex mode. Everything about this record feels like a celebration, how could you not get amped and feel good about smoking weed, yes, everyday?!