Young Wicked releases new single: “Coastin'”

The homie Young Wicked just released a new single off of his upcoming Young Wicked Mixtape v.2!  The track is called “Coastin'”, and it’s available to stream and download across all digital outlets!

Coastin’ is another single with a rapid-fire delivery that YW has become known for.  Peep what he had to say about the track below.

From Young Wicked’s Facebook:

 

🔥💥🔥💥 The new #youngwicked single dropping Friday on #alldigitaloutlets entitled “Coastin” , off the upcoming Young Wicked Mixtape V.2 , this shit is some banging Raw Rap shit that youve been waiting for, and just the first taste of what’s to come on the #youngwickedmixtapevol2 , buy it, download it, or stream it THIS FRIDAY on any digital music platform you please!!! #itsgoindown #killerhustle #MNE #Coastin #letsgo 🔥💥🔥💥

Now, check the new track “Coastin'” in its entirety via Spotify below.

See all of your streaming and download options here: https://mne.lnk.to/ywcoastin



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Double Barrel and Verano Announce Exclusive Cannabis Business Partnership

Specialty vaporizer manufacturer Double Barrel announced that it has entered into an exclusive partnership with Verano Holdings that will create new markets for its patented flagship product. News of the deal was revealed at the opening of MJBizCon, a cannabis industry convention taking place this week in Las Vegas.

Under the deal, Double Barrel will be offered at Verano’s Zen Leaf cannabis dispensaries in Illinois effective immediately. The companies plan to then extend the partnership early next year to Maryland, Florida, and Nevada, with more states to follow.

Ann Skalski, the chief brand officer for Double Barrel, said in a press release that the new partnership brings together two firms that are focused on quality.

“Verano and Double Barrel share a passion for superior quality, exquisite taste and operational excellence taken to a whole new level, making Verano the ideal partner for sharing our Double Barrel lifestyle with the world,” said Skalski.

Verano Holdings is a vertically integrated cannabis cultivator, processor, and retailer with licensed operations in four states. The company’s premium cannabis oil blends will be loaded into Double Barrel two-cartridge vaporizers that allow users to create cannabis combinations customized for flavor and effect.

“We’ve applied the most advanced vaping technology and manufacturing techniques to the Double Barrel vaporizer, allowing for a precise, smooth and controlled pull, that can mix-and-match multiple suppliers’ premium strains, and is ready to expand with the support of Verano’s  distribution channels,” said Skalski.

Common Values

Sam Dorf, the chief strategy officer at Verano, said that the two companies share common values.

“Verano has built a reputation for the finest quality luxury organic cannabis brands and an unparalleled level of customer service by that has become the hallmark of Verano’s Zen Leaf dispensaries, ” said Dorf.  “In Double Barrel, we’ve found an excellent partner who shares our beliefs and values for setting the highest standards of excellence with an added flair that drives instant recognition.”

“Double Barrel  has become well known and respected for delivering the smoothest, most customizable and unique vaping experience available,” he added.

Double Barrel products are currently only available at cannabis dispensaries in California. Dorf noted that the new partnership will make the brand available to a wider market.

“We’re thrilled to share Double Barrel across our multi-state footprint that reaches the most discerning customers, who value our organic luxury brands, and who desire accessories that exude the dash, vivacity and superior-quality that Double Barrel is known to deliver,” Dorf said.

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Underground Michigan Vet Emcee Menacide Unleashes “Livin Proof” Featuring Proof of D-12’s Final Original Verse; Reign Supreme Book Two Preorders Out Now!

Underground Michigan Veteran Emcee Menacide has been dropping heat all year long! Today Menacide decided to drop his long awaited “Livin Proof” single exactly at midnight as a direct tribute to Big Proof of the mighty Detroit Group D-12! It features Proof’s final recorded original verse.  You might be confused as to why Eminem didn’t drop it instead. Our sources were told Marshall wasn’t able to emotionally do it.  And well, truth to be told  Proof and Menacide were tight friends and met during multiple record sessions to record raw hip-hop content and vibe out to their own personal projects together.  A producer who wishes to not be named was close to Proof knew of the two’s friendship and their mutual love of the hip-hop game. They  trusted Menacide to bring forth a beautiful track and now its finally seeing the light of day.  Produced by super-producer BAD MIND! On behalf of Faygoluvers. Congrats on the track fellas! Thanks for keeping Michigan hip-hop alive!

From Menacide Himself:

“The very last, unreleased/unheard Proof Of D12 verse via the new Menacide single, “Livin’ Proof.”It was an honor and pleasure to work with Proof while he was still alive. This man treated me like family the entire time we worked together, and was one of the most generous people I’ve ever met in Hip Hop. He even introduced me to Eminem (54 Sound Studio) personally.  Hear what we got cooked up for a fitting tribute, produced by BAD MIND!”

 


Even more fresh news straight from Menacide’s recording lab. We told ya he’s been dropping heat all year long! The hard hitting second half to Menacide’s double opus, “Reign Supreme” is here for pre-order! Featuring guest appearances from McNastee, Playboy The Beast, Insane Loc, A-Game, Nastie Ink, and more.! Not to mention, the very last unreleased/unheard Proof Of D12 verse in existence on the tribute song, “Living Proof!” 12 page booklet, silver over blue, 15 tracks of Supreme material, and more! Includes hidden bonus stuff! Grab this SMACKER of a dope package now to take full advantage of all the one-time-only extras! Quantities are limited!

Menacide “Reign Supreme Book Two” Tracklist:

1. Recoil
2. Pyro
3. Stuck To The Top (Feat. Shawn Collins)
4. Monsterz (Feat. Q Strange)
5. MF G’z (Feat. Insane LOC & Dan Tha Saltine)
6. Round Here (Feat. Playboy The Beast)
7. Adios (Feat. Nastie Ink)
8. Payback (Feat. Masetti)
10. Livin’ Proof (Feat. Big Proof Of D12)
11. Where U Been (Feat. McNastee & A-Game)
12. Destination (W/ Breana M.)
13. Beep Beep! (Feat. Shawn Collins & McNastee)
14. On One
15. Not The One / ???

This Pre-Order product is set to ship on or around December 19, 2018. LINK:

https://13percent.bigcartel.com/product/menacide-supreme-pack-2?fbclid=IwAR0BRN0sahRwgVcrsNlAgqZZfiOMfyVhaNvaVIk3t13A_l_ZIri9QoM8-H0



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Jelly Roll & Struggle Jennings – “Money, Sex, Drugs” [Official Video]

Pick up Waylon Willie III – http://onerpm.lnk.to/WWIII



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Weed Scams are Trending on Instagram—and People are Falling for Them

Ngaio Bealum (@ngaio420), writer, comedian, and resident cannaseur on the Netflix show Cooking on High, told High Times that he makes his connection to California’s legal pot industry obvious in his Instagram posts. Little did he know that by doing so, it made his social media identity vulnerable to imposters attempting to scam people.

“I got a lot of pictures of me, sitting out there holding giant bags of weed, or sitting on a farm or whatnot because that’s what I do,” Bealum says. “I love hanging out at the farm.” 

But last week, a friend sent Bealum a screenshot of an Instagram profile that had an image of Bealum and a group of his friends as the main photo. The account had 12 of images lifted off of Bealum’s real account—and the bio offered pot for sale, with shipping available to any location.

“Whoever that person was had just stolen all those shots and posted them up like I was out here selling weed across state lines to all kind of people, which we cannot have,” Bealum says. “I don’t sell weed. I love marijuana, but I don’t sell it.”

Bealum is just one example of thousands, however. From A-list celebrities to popular figures in the cannabis industry, social media has become a means through which low-level identity theft and scams are regularly taking place. Particularly on Instagram, the faces of cannabis influencers are being used to facilitate scams. And the people often left suffering are the those just trying to score some weed.

 

Instagram

After being made aware of the imposter account, Bealum notified Instagram and posted a screenshot of the fake profile, asking his 57,000 followers to report it as well. Bealum believes that the added pressure spurred Instagram to act quickly—the bogus profile was removed from the platform within a couple of hours.

“Top Cali packs on deck,” the fake Instagram bio said. “We do discrete delivery within and out of state. Wikr for price and menu…”

(In this case, the way to determine the Instagram account is a scam is because they don’t use the right “discreet” in a sentence. But more on that later.)

Lynn Thomas (@greengoldfarms) of Green Gold Farms in San Diego has seen dozens of Instagram users purporting to be him and offering weed for sale. And what’s worse, he’s heard from people who have been scammed by them.

On several occasions, Thomas says he’s received Instagram direct messages from people who have wired money to one of the imposters for weed they never received. He hates having to be the one to let people know they’ve been scammed.

Thomas says the social media imposters have devised themselves a good racket: victims aren’t likely to seek a refund from a payment service or complain to the police. “I see how it works,” he says, “and there’s [almost] no way to get caught.”

There was one scam victim in particular who contacted Thomas after sending an imposter $2,600 for two pounds of pot that never arrived. Thomas said that even if the scammer is only successful a couple of times a month, at that rate, it’s not a bad take.

Like Bealum, when Thomas gets wind of imposter accounts he notifies Instagram immediately. He then shares a post calling out the scammer and asks his followers to spread the word and report the account. More than anything, Thomas says he doesn’t want more people to have their money stolen, and he also doesn’t want to run into anyone angry about being victimized.

“At the end of the day, they’re using my face to rip people off,” said Thomas.

Courtesy of Jerry Krecicki

Photographer Jerry Krecicki (@jerrykrecicki), whose work has graced the pages of High Times, is another cannabis influencer who’s been impersonated on Instagram and other social media platforms. “I grew up in Everglade City and Naples, Florida—the hub of where all the marijuana came into the country back in the ’80s,” he says. “I started taking pictures of cannabis and growing cannabis at 14-years-old.”

Krecicki said that he was first impersonated by a scammer on social media a couple of years ago.

“I got a message from a friend of mine, complaining to me that he couldn’t believe I was selling cannabis online. I asked him what he was talking about and he pulled the page up. The original page was using pictures of me and my family members for pushing cannabis. So I reported it to Instagram, and I got it deleted.”

He said that with decades in the industry, criminals find his identity attractive to assume. It happens continuously, and Krecicki believes that a repeat offender is to blame.

“I get an average of three to five a week,” Krecicki says. “They’re all from the same guy, normally, that’s doing them. Over the last two years, it’s been a chronic pattern of the same crew doing these fake pages.”

Jerry Krecicki

When contacted for this story, an Instagram spokesperson noted that claiming to be another person violates the platform’s Community Guidelines. The company uses automated tools to detect fake accounts and has more than 20,000 employees working on safety and security—twice as many as last year. Every day, millions of fake accounts are blocked at registration.

“We care deeply about the quality of content on Instagram. And we take spam, inauthentic and other abusive behavior very seriously. When we find inauthentic activity, we work to counter and prevent it, including blocking accounts and removing violating content all at once. We review suspicious activity closely and take the time to understand how to help prevent similar activity in the future,” the spokesperson said via email.

So, how can you determine if a profile you’re following is the real deal? Jonathan Lepow, owner and co-founder of Top Tree (@toptree), a social media digital advertising agency, said that influencers can complete a verification process to assure their followers the profile is legitimate.

“Ultimately, being verified is a great way to know if the person that you’re talking to is legitimately that person,” Lepow says. “But not everybody can be verified,” 

There are requirements to meet for an account to attain a verified status. And the existence of imposter profiles could expedite the process. 

“When you show a need to Instagram to have your page verified because people are copying you, that can sometimes be a motivator to get an account verified,” said Lepow.

He added that it should be obvious that social media should not be considered a safe way to find your next pot connection.

“If you’re putting yourself in the position to where you’re purchasing cannabis online, you gotta be ready to be scammed,” Lepow said. “Paypal isn’t going to return your money because the drugs weren’t delivered.”

In Bealum’s case, the bio of the fake account had misspellings, which is sacrilege for a writer and a massive indicator that something’s off. Bealum did, however, offer a generous solution for anyone having a hard time finding weed: “People can follow me on Instagram,” he says, “and if they want weed from me, they just gotta come over and we can just smoke.”

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