Hip-hop artists often glamorize the lives of drug kingpins, gangsters, and pimps. Unfortunately Pablo Escobar, John Gotti, and Hugh Hefner don’t write raps, but Humboldt hip-hop duo Potluck do and have elevated the standard for weed based hip-hop. Raised in the endless Marijuana fields of Humboldt County, California, the weed capital of the world, Potluck has lived constantly surrounded by acres of weed plants, thousands of pounds, and the inventors of all the popular strains. Through the power of music, Potluck tells the full story of the only drug business where the hippie is king and peace, love, and happiness reign supreme. “We come from Humboldt County, California, where weed is a way of life,” says UnderRated. “If you listen to Potluck you will know what it’s like to live in the Mecca of Marijuana and how it changes your way of thinking way beyond just smoking blunts.”
Potluck’s grinding blue collar work ethic, unwavering perseverance, and grassroots campaign to build a fan base is one of the most impressive stories in hip-hop. The group has spent the last decade on the road consistently performing for hip-hop diehards all across the globe on tours with Tech N9ne, E-40, Berner, Devin the Dude, Twiztid, La Coka Nostra, Co-Headlining with platinum rappers D12 and RA The Rugged Man As well as Headlining many of their own tours. “We got a whole Potluck movement going on across the country. If someone doesn’t know about Potluck they just don’t know what’s been happening on the underground. We’ve been doing nationwide tours and selling units by being out on the road and in people’s faces.” commented 1 Ton. “We out there shaking hands with fans, rocking shows, and campaigning to the masses. We on the grind, and it’s paying off.”
Potluck’s unison of a giant African-American (1 Ton) and small Jewish white guy (UnderRated), might seem odd but has managed to create one of the best underground hip-hop groups to emerge on the scene in years. The group launched onto the national scene in 2006 with their now classic debut “Straight Outta Humboldt” Potluck’s lyrical depth, rapid fire flows and head nodding beats were embraced by hip-hop enthusiasts who were left jonesing for their next fix. They went on to release 4 more studio albums charting on the top 200, Urban, and Independent Billboard Charts. Potluck, claimed their position in the upper echelon of the hip-hop underground. The Source Magazine championed the group’s sound saying, “There are good vibe undercurrents throughout this ode to the high life.” The group’s sticky musical chemistry has also paved the way to collaborations with Strange Music’s Tech N9ne & Krizz Kaliko, Chali 2na from Jurassic 5, The Luniz, Mystik Journeymen, D12, Murs, Mistah Fab, Cash Money Records’ Glasses Malone, and Bay area hip-hop legend E-40. Potluck’s greatest musical weapon is their ability to show all sides of their personalities and seamlessly shift between artistic styles. Their music is packed with enough diversity to satisfy any hip-hop lover, whether they are professing their love for the genre as an art-form, smoking out with friends, or wearing their heart on their sleeves. UnderRated says, “Our records are like diaries, all you have to do is listen and you’ll learn about our life.” Potluck is primed and ready to go from the Marijuana Fields of Humboldt County straight into the mainstream.