It’s rather ironic that this mainstream stoner anthem actually serves as a warning to those who smoke cannabis in excess. Things start off easy breezy for Afroman and his love of weed, but by the end of the song, the verses take a dark turn as the one-hit wonder becomes paralyzed in a car accident and loses both his wife and his job. Confusing messages aside, you’ve got to love an international chart hit that bemoans what cannabis can do to your sex drive. Is it any wonder that Afroman’s fictional wife left him?
Redman is many things to many people, but on this track taken from his debut album Whut? Thee Album, Reggie Noble is first and foremost a teacher in the art of blunt rolling. Released back in 1992, this song serves as a streetwise instruction manual that changed the game for newbies who were curious about smoking pot. Just remember: It’s all about the Philly blunts.
Widely regarded as one of the greatest hip-hop albums of all time, Illmatic showcases Nas and his unique brand of street poetry better than any other record of the ‘90s, cementing his position as an almost messianic figure in hip-hop. On this final track from the album, Nas weaves allusions to religion with slang for weed, all while rapping alongside a sample of Michael Jackson’s “Human Nature” which helps conveys his religious reverence for the magical plant.
Plenty of rappers are vocal about their love for weed, but few can match the passion that Redman and Method Man feel for the ganja. Not only was their first rap collaboration called “How High”, but the song itself soon inspired a feature film starring the two cannabis connoisseurs. Now, 17 years later, there’s still talk of developing a sequel. If they do end up pulling it together, we just hope that How High 2 can match the sick flow of these lyrics taken from the track that first inspired it all.
EL-P and Killer Mike begin this song by bragging about their various talents both on and off the mic, glorifying their gangster lifestyles with memorable lyrics about Batman and dragons. It’s not until the second verse drops that Killer Mike lays out what he really needs to keep himself going, and we doubt that a doctor gave him a prescription for this. Nonetheless, we’re sure that Killer Mike could afford plenty more “good marijuana” once this song was chosen as the intro theme for the Netflix documentary, Dirty Money.
While the lyrics in this track taken from Fiddy’s debut album aren’t particularly wild themselves, the fact that 50 Cent later admitted he doesn’t smoke weed makes this cannabis anthem a surprising addition to his back catalog. It’s entirely possible that the Aftermath star simply wrote verses like this to resonate with his fan base, although Fiddy’s description of smoking blunts is a little bit too accurate for someone who supposedly doesn’t like getting high.
Best Lyric: “Purchase a Phillie/ not the city of Philly, silly punk, I’m talking ‘bout the shit called the Phillie blunt/ lick the blunt and then the Phillie blunt middle you split/ don’t have a razor blade, use your fuckin’ fingertips”
Love for marijuana – alias ganja, cannabis, grass, pot, weed, kaya – helped shape the hip-hop industry as we know it today, inspiring some of the wildest rap verses ever recorded and the special kind of stoned visuals that Hype Williams popularized back in the ‘90s.
With a hook written by Future before he found fame, “Blueberry Yum Yum” is often overlooked when compared to other tracks like “Get Back” and “Number One Spot”, but all these years later, this ode to weed still remains a highlight on The Red Light District. The song is full of killer lines, but the moment when even Ludacris himself is overcome by smoking too much is the funniest and, arguably, the most memorable too.
In honor of 4/20, join us as we mellow out over our mutual love of the magical plant and round up 10 of the best rap songs about weed.