Video: Berner – “Bern One” ft. Quez & Strap (of Travis Porter)
The Taylor Gang Emcee Drops Psychedelic New Video Ahead of April 1st Release of Hempire
Critical praise for Berner:
“[Berner’s flow] now rolls off his tongue in a more effortless legato. His lyrics have also deepened in both his attraction to arresting imagery (“I can see my stones glowing in the limousine tint”) to an emotional potency that seems The Jacka-inspired in its multiplicity of meaning” – Pitchfork
Berner, with his 22 studio albums since 2006 and startup apparel and marijuana enterprises, is possibly the hardest-working stoner on the planet. Today, to build anticipation for his 22nd studio album Hempire, in stores tomorrow, Berner drops the video “Bern One,” featuring Quez and Strap from impish Atlanta party rappers Travis Porter. The “Bern One” video finds Berner, Quez and Strap in a smoker’s paradise, adorned with psychedelic artwork, album covers, concert posters, neon lights and lava lamps, while they pass around the world’s largest blunt. Though Quez and Strap are mainly known for turning up on high-energy Travis Porter tracks, their Southern drawl blends perfectly with the mellow synth pads and ethereal vocal samples of “Bern One,” and Berner excels in his natural habitat, rapping “I be in my own world/while I float on the highway and smoke with your girl.”
On Hempire, Berner rolls out the green carpet for a litany of all-star guests, including Khalifa (who appears on five tracks), Snoop Dogg, K Camp, Travis Porter, Mistah F.A.B., B Real, Atmosphere, Juicy J, Project Pat, Young Dolph, and Lil Kim. Last week, Berner released “Home,” Hempire‘s opening track, on his Soundcloud page. Earlier in March, Berner dropped the video for “Best Thang Smokin’,” featuring Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa and B Real, which has racked up nearly a million views on YouTube, and released “Changes,” an album highlight featuring Hyphy legend Mistah F.A.B. Hempire follows last year’s release of Berner’s Contraband EP, a collaborative EP with Cam’Ron. 2015 also saw Berner release three solo projects, 20 Lights and both albums in the Prohibition series, as well as a Drought Season 3, collaborative LP with the late Bay Area legend The Jacka. Berner signed to Taylor Gang in 2011 and quickly burst onto the national scene with “Yoko” featuring Wiz Khalifa and Big K.R.I.T. Though Berner is a prolific rapper, he is an equally industrious businessman. Berner is the founder and co-owner of Cookies SF, an apparel company that has sold more than 60,000 units, and in 2014 launched a new brand of organic herbal beverages called Hemp20.
Watch “Bern One”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LslhP0tcaPY
Pre-order Hempire on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/hempire/id1089077452?app=itunes
For almost 10 years, Berner has been hip-hop’s most trusted source. His track record not only in producing marijuana mood music, but also steering the most discerning of smokers to the latest new strains and products in the marijuana industry is unimpeachable. The founder/co-owner of popular apparel company Cookies SF, Berner has used his green power to strengthen his music ties, and he’s dropped a whopping 14 albums to date. During high school, the budding entrepreneur born Gilbert Anthony Mano had begun playing around and battle-rapping for fun. In 2006, he dropped his first mixtape Dirty Sneakers. His first solo album, Weekend at Bernie’s, arrived in 2009, along with four other albums. He’s worked with numerous legends in the game, from Cypress Hill’s B-Real, Project Pat and Tha Jacka to Ty Dolla $ign, DJ Mustard and Chris Brown. This year alone, he will release another three projects: Contraband with Cam’ron, Drought Season 3 with the recently deceased Bay Area legend Tha Jacka and his solo album, Hempire. He boasts 417,000 Instagram followers, who turned out in droves for his sold-out Under the Influence of Music Tour alongside Khalifa, A$AP Rocky, Trinidad Jame$ and Joey Bada$$–and his 4/20 shows in the Bay are one of the highlights of the year.
“Bern One”: https://youtu.be/LslhP0tcaPY
“Best Thang Smokin'” ft. Wiz Khalifa, B Real & Snoop Dogg: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJok3W0CENU
Bio, pics, and more here: http://www.audibletreats.com/berner