Earlier this year, 28-year-old Fresh Toast contributor and best-selling cannabis book author Javier Hasse was featured on NowThis after dropping a heavy-hearted, strongly worded public service announcement on cannabis legalization in an album that hit eight different Billboard Charts (including the #1 spot on the Billboard Heatseekers chart, #9 on Rap Charts, and #11 on Independent Charts, among others).
The Whoodlum Ball, as the album was titled, was a collaborative, independent record produced by recurring billboard-topping duo Smith and Hay, alongside DJ Whoo Kid and Ranna Royce. The LP featured legacy rappers including Wu-Tang’s RZA & Inspectah Deck, Twista, Lil Windex, Riff Raff, Cyhi The Prynce, Faincarter, Compton’s Most Wanted’s MC Eiht, The Wake Up Show’s King Tech, Parliament-Funkadelic’s Jerome “Bigfoot” Brailey, Iliana Eve, and Eminem’s artists Kxng Crooked and Conway.
“I was in the shower one day and thought I’d get creative in my pitch to get an interview with Lin-Manuel Miranda – which I didn’t get, by the way,” Hasse told The Fresh Toast, talking about how his poem came to be.
“However, I showed the rap to a friend, who happened to also be a Senator, and he had me perform at a dinner cruise after a medical cannabis event in Pittsburgh.
“Jon Hay heard it and asked me if he could put it, as it was, in his upcoming album. I was instantly on board; being on an LP alongside some of my favorite rappers of all time like RZA and Twista seemed like a once in a lifetime opportunity,” he added.
With no beat on the background, Hasse delivered a live spoken-word highlighting some of the main reasons to support cannabis legalization, from economic factors, to political statements, to healthcare, to racial issues.
Today, Hasse is at it again, with a new track on Jail Tattoos, the latest album produced by Jonathan Hay and Ranna Royce featuring Bizarre of D12.
Other big names on the album include Slim Jesus Sadat X from Brand Nubian, T-Rell, Louie Gonz and DJ Manipulator, Mike Smith, Chino XL, Bubba Sparxxx, Cyhi The Prynce and Felcia from Mo Thugs.
Fortunately, Hasse decided to share his new song, Letter Of Consent, with The Fresh Toast for us to premiere.
“Jon Hay reached out a couple of months ago and said he was producing a new album. He asked if I had another song for him… I didn’t,” Hasse said. “But I promised I’d have something ready within a week. Since I had already written about cannabis, I thought I’d go for the other topic I’m really passionate about: feminism.
“So I sat down with some female friends and asked them what they thought were topics I had to include in a song. I then wrote it, and went to my good friend Alan Senderowitsch of Cromo Musica and asked him to create a beat and record me. We spent a day in the studio and came up with a very old-school rap. Once ready, we went to Jon Hay and showed him what we had. He updated the beat completely and got Goldy Locks in the studio to add a hook.”
So, without further a due, here’s Letter Of Consent, and the lyrics below. Using headphones or speakers is strongly encouraged – gotta have that base.
Letter Of Consent
Consent is the fucking key. Come on, bro!