“Gone off a Xany, nodding off, watching Menace/Rolling off some purple that my n-gga call Grimace”
On this smoking session from his breakout album XXX, Danny Brown compares his purple weed to the blobbish character from old school McDonald’s commercials — right after taking a Xanax while watching the classic hood flick Menace II Society.
Hip-hop has marijuana to thank for some of the best songs to ever come from the genre. Whether the weed actually shows up in the song or it was an inspiration in the studio, it’s been the fuel behind some of rap’s greatest records. Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Cypress Hill, Wiz Khalifa, Curren$y and Bone Thugs-N-Harmony are some of the most famous enthusiasts to put their love on wax, but even admitted non-smokers like 50 Cent can acknowledge the potency of a powerful weed anthem. Most songs about weed are based more on feel and production, but read below for some of our favorite rhymes about the herb.
Dr. Dre feat. Snoop Dogg and Nate Dogg, “The Next Episode”
“Hey-ay-ay-ay/Smoke weed every day.”
Simple, yet profound. Nate Dogg’s a cappella sign-off from Dr. Dre’s 2001 banger “The Next Episode” is as iconic as weed lyrics get.
“Forget the telly, we’ll just go to the crib/and watch a movie in the Jacuzzi, smoke L’s while you do me”
One of Biggie’s first hits was “Big Poppa,” his laid back, radio-friendly heater produced by Easy Mo Bee. Biggie ends his second verse with as perfect of a scenario as a guy could want: relaxing with beautiful woman in a Jacuzzi with, of course, quality weed.
Kanye West ft. Nas and Really Doe, “We Major”
“Every time I roll up, n-ggas holla ‘Roll up!’ And I tell ‘em hold up, you ain’t getting money you ain’t smoking/in my Benzo, 20 inch Lorenzo’s, smoking on indo, high as a motherfucker”
50 Cent admitted that he doesn’t smoke or drink, but this weed anthem is still a highlight from his classic Shady/Aftermath debut Get Rich Or Die Tryin’. And anyone can relate to folks who mooch on the weed without pitching in.
Redman, “How To Roll A Blunt”
“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”
On this classic from Whut? Thee Album, Redman gives a step-by-step guide on how to roll the perfect blunt.
Pharcyde, “Pass The Pipe”
“The only itch I have is for the indo or sess/So don’t pass me that mess/or even try to protest/that it’s adding to the flavor, ‘cause the old one was fine/won’t you pack the pipe and keep it moving down the line”
After turning down a blunt because it has tobacco in it, he clarifies that the only thing he wants to smoke is pure weed. “If I wanted to smoke tobacco, I’d get a skinny white bitch,” he says a few lines before.
Wiz Khalifa “California”
“Still rolling weed on my XXL/only difference is that’s me on the cover”
In a bit of clever wordplay, Wiz Khalifa shouts out his large rolling papers while celebrating his budding rap career by appearing on the cover of XXL magazine.
25 Iconic Rap Lyrics About Weed Snoop Dogg performs onstage Hilarity for Charity’s 5th Annual Los Angeles Variety Show: Seth Rogen’s Halloween at Hollywood Palladium on Oct. 15, 2016 in Los