As vinyl continues to grow into an estimated billion-dollar industry by the end of 2017, industrious artists are pushing the medium forward. Last November, Childish Gambino announced a limited edition virtual reality vinyl of his most recent album Awaken My Love! Now Billboard reports the reggae and ska punk band Slightly Stoopid have been working on an innovation of their own: a smokable record pressed from hashish.
Jon Philips of Silverback Music, who manages the band and came up with the concept, said the original motivation for the creating the special edition of the stoner jam “Dabbington” was to bring awareness to the legalization of cannabis by combining “two old-school vintage mediums.”
Like most innovations, developing the one of a kind record was costly. The first two prototypes cost $7,000 each — $6,000 for the bubble hash used for each the pressing and $1,000 to stamp and master the record at Los Angeles vinyl-mastering studio Capsule Labs.
The first prototype produced “a passable sound,” but apparently “office potheads” couldn’t help smoking it. The second attempt produced “questionable audio,” but a third and final try is planned for sometime in early 2017.
Philips says the final pressing could be be auctioned off for charity, presumably to a wealthy Slightly Stoopid fan looking for a special high. “It’s not something you’re going to plop on your turntable over and over again,” he says. “For now, this is an art piece.”
Of course, you could just listen to “Dabbington” below for free and save yourself the money.
In addition, Phillips plans to market Slightly Stoopid branded bubble hash to dispensaries, with a portion of proceeds donated to cancer research.