Whether you’re growing a farm or baking edibles, a star on the show High Maintenance or just getting stoned in your bedroom, weed has always been a part of everyday life for countless people around the world. However, before medical marijuana was legalized in numerous states across America, big-time stoners were usually only able to find refuge in music, and (after a huge come up in reggae) nowhere more so than hip-hop.
Best Lyric: “Jane is rolled up, no gangs be throwed up/ But still Andre got action, they Sweat like Keith, all on my teeth”
Throw together two of hip-hop’s biggest stoners and what do you get? Astonishing boasts about smoking giant joints that could actually be true. After all, both Wiz Khalifa and Snoop Dogg love rapping about marijuana even more than they love money and women, to the point where the magical muse even inspired them to develop their very own stoner movie called Mac and Devin Go To Highschool. If only the film’s script writing matched the lyrical prowess that Wiz Khalifa demonstrates on the track…
Best Lyric: “I was gonna make love to you but then I got high/ I was gonna eat yo’ pussy too but then I got high/ Now I’m jacking off and I know why”
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.
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.
Best Lyric: “Good pussy, good marijuana, that be my medicine”
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?
It’s impossible to talk about the impact of weed on rap culture without referring to Cypress Hill. From “Smoke Weed” to “Roll It Up, Light It Up, Smoke It Up”, the multi-platinum selling group seemed to live 24/7 in a cannabis-fueled haze, which also meant that their lyrics on the topic were more insightful than most. Not only is “I Wanna Get High” one of their most timely songs about getting baked, but it also appeared in the film Half Baked, Dave Chapelle’s quintessential stoner comedy.
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.