THE 420 BLOCK is showcasing 4-20 Productions with different artists.
Acquiring the name Mister 4-20 from a friend in 1999 because of his April 20th birthday. Soon after, it became his trademark and he changed his production name from Eargasm Productions to 4-20 Productions and has been using both '4-20' names ever since. Those names have been on lock for over 12 years. Also introducing his sons <DJ Fre$h 'G' / Fresh Green Records> & <theREALmister420 / RKGJ Productions>, who are also a part of the 4-20 Productions team.
4-20 started playing guitar in early summer 1983, almost 29 years ago, and has been creating and recording music since Tascam 4 tracks in the late 80's. His influences range from Funkadelic to Pantera and he's been a deep Reggae fanatic for the last 12 or more years. From early on he has felt that the music he creates is more important than the ability to play as a musician or play guitar and was always drawn to melodic music fueled by emotion. 4-20 started engineering with Pro Tools late 1996 and has been producing sequenced beats since 1999-2000 when life would allow. He produced 3 songs on Jaz's "Criminology", one featuring Hollow Tip, released 2003-2004 by City 2 City Entertainment. Criminology featured artists like Too $hort, Suga T and Hollow Tip. Tracks included "Ride With Me" feat 4-20 on backup vox, "Real Talk" feat J-Alize and 4-20 on guitar & "SJ To N.High" feat Hollow Tip. Currently, 4-20 is working on THE 420 BLOCK project.
Music has been a large part of 4-20's life and a passion of his from an early age. His Grandpop and Grandmom sang in church together in the late 1950's and his Grandpop, Don Wayne (Donald Wayne Hamric), was a performing and recording artist. Played bass and sang in various bands and performed in various states for years. In 1971, recorded with Hal Southern of the Frontiersmen. Songs feature Joanie and Marion Ford and Billy Daniels from The Sons of the Pioneers & Hi Busse, Wayne West and Hal Southern from The Frontiersmen. Finding that music is food for the soul and a universal thing, 4-20 discovered at a young age he had a passion for music. It can be a bridge to bring people together. The effect it can have on people is mystical naturally. It can allow you to bond with someone you might not have anything else in common with otherwise. Like herb, it's therapeutic and good medicine. Growing up in the metal scene as well as other cultures of music, 4-20 has always had a love and passion for concert crowds and moshpits. He loves being in the crowd and being a part of the whole live vibe. This definitely has a big effect on his passion for creating music. He wants his music to bring that live vibe. Create an escape and let your mind get away from everyday life for a few minutes at a time.
In Fresno, CA, February 2011, 4-20 dusted off the XP-80 and the guitars and broke out the 8.5 Pro Tools and it began again. The quest to infect with that 4-20 sound. Now armed with a Roland XP-80 and MV-8800, Pro Tools, a 1960 Fender Strat re-issue and a Les Paul Standard Epiphone with Zakk Wylde EMGs and a Mesa Boogie 100w Roadster with a 2x12 Recto cab, the 4-20 sound has begun. Soon after THE 420 BLOCK was born. Reuniting forces with Hollow Tip in Fresno in July, the two recorded 2 songs together, "Live From The Blacktop" & "Keepin The Love Alive" which are currently being wrapped up and getting ready to be released. Also production from DJ Boog and featuring artists like Money Mak, Dell Feddi, Royo T, MysterE, Unknown Villian & more. THE 420 BLOCK represents a musical bridge. No matter where you're from, what city, what block, what coast, north, south or in between… leave that shiyat at the door. Let's make music and give love and respect where it's due.
So light em up, get em lit, keep em lit. THE 420 BLOCK is coming to your block or a block near you soon. ~4-20 Love