RAP SUPERSTARS Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa’s joint High Road tour is already unmissable, but this is practically a music festival with its long list of kickass openers, including Casey Veggies, Kevin Gates, and the lovely Jhené Aiko.
Jhené Aiko Efuru Chilombo is the only woman on the bill, and the tour stop’s most compelling draw for me personally. Her set at Bumbershoot last year was the perfect kickoff to my super stoned weekend—I could burn pre-rolls to her insanely relatable lyrics for hours. Aiko gave off angelic flower child vibes as she played songs like “Bed Peace” and “Lyin King.” The 28-year-old’s vocals often come off as innocent—even cherubic—until she hits you with lyrics like “He gotta eat the booty like groceries.”
Since garnering a Grammy nomination for her 2013 EP Sail Out and releasing her 2014 follow-up, Souled Out, in April Aiko dropped a joint EP, Twenty88, with her boo Big Sean. Surprisingly, the project isn’t gag-inducing—it’s actually quite steamy, and a thorough reflection of the ups and downs of a relationship. Especially lovable tracks include the super seductive “Push It” and “2 Minute Warning,” which features K-Ci & JoJo and Detail. Recently, Aiko released the track “New Balance” on SoundCloud, which tells another story of finding love in a sea of hopelessness: “Then there’s you/You bring silence to my violent truth/Yes you do/You’re my salvage, you’re my balance/You’re so new.”
After the High Road tour stops at the Sunlight Supply Amphitheater, StarChile is bringing the official afterparty to Portland: the First Annual Harvestfest presented by Rose City Wellness. Snoop Dogg will help host the party at Tao Event Center, and Wiz Khalifa will DJ the festivities. There will also be performances from Portland hip-hop artists like 2Reps, whose music video for “I Just Wanna Smoke” features a cameo from Snoop, as well as guest DJ slots from O.G. One and Jerry Bandito. Even if you can’t make it to the show out in Ridgefield, $50 seems worth it to get lit with the Snoop and Khalifa crew. First Annual Harvestfest, Thurs Sept 1, Tao Event Center (631 NE Grand)