Dill the Giant Is a Canadian Cannabis Hero
The Winnipeg reggae rapper connects with his Jamaican roots on the reggae-inspired "WEED MAN SON"
Published Jun 22, 2021Winnipeg rapper Dill the Giant's family hails from Jamaica, and he wrote his new single, "WEED MAN SON," after visiting the Caribbean country with his father. That trip inspired everything from the song's reggae swagger to its lyrics (which include references to tamarind, Appleton rum, ackee and salt fish, and more).
The song's laidback mood is a fitting introduction Dill's new EP, Weed Man Son. "It's dope," he tells Exclaim! "Very organically grown vibes. It's just something you can smoke to." The beats were produced by Dill's 3PEAT bandmate Steve BBS Teixeira, with cover artwork by the Obscurest and videos by NSTY.
With more singles due out in the coming weeks and the EP to follow, Exclaim! spoke with Dill the Giant about what makes his hometown a "weed city," why legalization didn't actually change his habits, and the cannabis hero who's rumoured to be from Winnipeg.
What do you smoke and how do you consume it?
I like all forms of medicine. I prefer bongs and blunts. I'll smoke a joint, hit the dab, all that. My favourite strain is hard to say — there's so many good things. Mainly, though, I really lean toward what they call the indicas and whatnot, but it's all good. Back when names were a thing, I remember a few stuck out: "Sour Apple Big Bud" and "San Fernando Valley OG." Hitting hard.
What do you like to do when you smoke?
I'd say it's more of a relaxation thing these days, like after work and all that, when I'm trying to unwind or catch a vibe. For me, it's all about the intent now. I smoke every day, so I mean I just do my day-to-day: after work, get nice, maybe go skate, walk the dog, hit the studio. Regular shit.
What do you think about the recent changes in cannabis culture?
I mean, I guess it's good overall thinking and pushing forward. I can see why some might be a little more anti- that movement, but everything has its merits. It ain't change anything for me. People are still getting good weed, and, if anything, they got more people into it now, which is cool. From research to good herbs, that's what's up. People are getting what they want, so it's cool.
Where in your city is great for cannabis?
I think Winnipeg's always been known as a weed city, even before legalization. We had great weed here. I don't have a favourite, but shoutout to all the dispensaries that are open late. And the homies. You're always sure to find something at Portage Place [shopping centre] if you are looking.
Are there hidden (or not-so-hidden) cannabis references in your music?
Who are your Canadian cannabis heroes?
Rumour has it the guy who made the GG4 strain [a.k.a. Gorilla Glue] is from Winnipeg.