The weed-themed hip-hop project The Gateway shifts a little bit in concept, form and execution every year. A few things stay the same: bunch of emcees and handful of producers get together in a lock-in, light up and make an album in 48 hours. That album, released for five years on 4/20,
is an ode to all things green.
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This year, one very big thing changed. Sirius Blvck took the reins
from Gateway founder J. Brookinz, assembling an Indy all-star crew of producers and emcees for the sixth edition of the Naptown tradition. Blvck (real name: Niqolas Askren) says more than 30 Naptown hip-hop artists stopped in to Southeastside’s Kismet
to write and record. The record will drop Wednesday and be celebrated the same evening at The Hi-Fi.
Gateway producers include Harry Otaku, Mandog, TyjuanOnTheBeat, Makwolf Preach, Knags, Duke Jordan, Mathaius Young, Quazar Makeinu, Dylan Prevails, Freddie Bunz, Clint Breeze, One and Keef.
Artists are too numerous to name, but Askren says most of the album will be performed live at the show with sets from New Wave Collective, Maxie, Mathaius Young and Ghost Town, plus appearances by Freddie Bunz, Swan, Jeremiah Stokes, Adrian Bless, Indiana Chief, Nathan Arizona, Ke’ondris, Paigegod, Flaco, Xavier Clark, Duke Jordan, Peteyboy, Diop, Blu Thatbad MF, John Stamps, Grxzz, Lino IV, Oreo Jones, Drayco McCoy and Ejaaz. Askren, the album’s spiritual host, will host the event at the Hi-Fi on Wednesday, with assists from KNags and Mandog.
And if you see J. Brookinz at the show, buy him a drink to thank him for bringing the magic of the Gateway to Indy.