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Brazil's Planet Hemp Takes Bite Out of the Baked Apple

Ninety degree temps fit perfectly with the tropical rap-rock sounds of Planet Hemp, Brazil's leading pro-marijuana band, who played at New York's SummerStage on Saturday.

Planet Hemp
Brazil’s Planet Hemp have long advocated the legalization of marijuana (’maconha’ in Portuguese. (CelebStoner)

Formed by rappers Marcelo D2 and Skunk in 1993, Planet Hemp initially were dogged by the government due to their open support of marijuana ("maconha" in Portuguese) legalization. "Their records have been apprehended, the band's members incarcerated, their shows canceled and the group is frequently a part of the national news," AllMusic reports.

Planet Hemp
Bê Negão and Marcelo D2 lead Planet Hemp at their show at New York’s SummerStage. (CelebStoner)

The band took their name from an ad they saw in High Times for a Canadian clothing line. Ironically, High Times opened a store called Planet Hemp in 1996.

Planet Hemp
A political message about the legalization of ’maconha’ (marijuana) displayed during Planet Hemp’s concert. (CelebStoner)

Skunk died in 1994 and was replaced by BNegão. The rappers are backed by guitarist Rafael, bassist Formigão and drummer Pedrinho.

DJ Greg Caz
DJ Greg Caz rocked the turntables with Brazilian cuts between sets. (CelebStoner)

The band took full advantage of the large video screen behind the screen, displaying a variety of messages, animation (one featured Cheech & Chong), marijuana depictions and protests. Gaby Amarantos and Emicida opened for Planet Hemp. DJ Greg Caz filled in between sets. The show kicked off the city's Brasil Summerfest, which runs through July 28.

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Steve Bloom

Steve Bloom

Publisher of, former editor of High Times and Freedom Leaf and co-author of Pot Culture and Reefer Movie Madness.