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All-Star ‘I Got 5 On It’ Reunion Will Benefit Robbed Dispensaries and Movement for Black Lives

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Nothing elicits Bay Area joy quite like the three bass notes ba-DOOP-boop of the legendary track “I Got 5 On It,” the now 25-year-old single by the Oakland duo Luniz that has served as an international pot smoker’s anthem. But many Bay Area cannabis dispensaries have suffered massive and suspicious burglaries amidst the huge protests and rallies against police brutality and honoring George Floyd, so a huge crew of hip-hop superstars are down to blaze a pound to with a live, online massive version of “I Got 5 On It” to help rebuild those dispensaries and benefit the Movement for Black Lives.

I Got 5ive On It Live brings Berner and Yukmouth of the Luniz together livestreaming with Too $hort, Mistah Fab, Cam’Ron, B-Real of Cypress Hill, and dozens of other “to aid in the rebuilding of Bay Area businesses that were damaged during the recent riots and to support the Movement for Black Lives.” The show is at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 16, and the suggested donation is $5, which will be donated directly to Movement for Black Lives and the affected dispensaries.

And whaddaya know, it’s also Tupac Shakur’s birthday. He would have been 49 today.

While that infamous bass riff is best known from the Luniz’ “I Got 5 On It” and its subsequent E-40, Humpty Hump, Richie Rich remix, the bass line itself is from a late 1980s R&B track called “Why You Treat Me So Bad” by the Berkeley band Club Nouveau. It is technically not sampled, but instead interpolated, meaning they took the riff and re-recorded it.

I Got 5 On It Virtual Benefit Concert

June 16th, 5:00 pm PT

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1 Comment

  1. TheArchivist415
    June 16, 2020 at 1:09 pm

    Please give props to Michael Marshall, who sings the hook and came up with the melody for the interlopation. Its Mike Meezy who really makes the song and you didn’t mention him once.