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”
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?
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.
Best Lyric: “My mic check is life or death, breathing a sniper’s breath/ I exhale the yellow smoke of Buddha through righteous steps”
Best Lyric: “Jane is rolled up, no gangs be throwed up/ But still Andre got action, they Sweat like Keith, all on my teeth”
Best Lyric: “Give me some dro, purple haze and some chocolate/ Give me a dutch and a lighter, I’ll spark shit”
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…
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.
“I take a hit of that chronic, it got me stuck/but really what’s amazing is how I keep blazing/towel under the door, smoke until the day’s end/puff puff and pass, don’t fuck up rotation/Hpnotiq for Henny, now n-gga that’s a chaser”
Kanye West “We Major” was a larger than life moment in rap for multiple reasons — Jay Z’s protege recording a song with his rival Nas, and the extravagant production by Jon Brion. But Really Doe’s hook almost stole the show with its perfect, triumphant homage to weed and liquor.
Scarface, “Mary Jane”
“When you sad, depressed, and feeling strange – who you blame/need some company to keep you sane – call her name/Mary Jane I love you Mary Jane – do your thang/you’re all I need to keep me through this thang – true to game”
On Scarface’s ode to marijuana, he explains how the herb has helped him cope with depression without the side effects of harsher drugs.
Cypress Hill, “I Wanna Get High”
“Forward motion make you sway like the ocean/the herb is more than just a powerful potion”
No list of weed raps would be complete without Cypress Hill, and “I Wanna Get High” is one of their many timeless weed songs. Bonus points for the song appearing in Half Baked, the quintessential stoner flick.
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, “Weed Song”
“If everybody smoked a blunt, relieve the mind, the world could be a better place/if everybody took a break and we all just got wasted”
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony had plenty of weed songs during their prime period during the mid-90s, but this gem from their 2000 comeback album BTNHResurrection has rhymes like this eloquent, unifying bar.
“Look up in the sky, it’s a bird, it’s a plane/it’s the Funk Doctor spot smoking Buddha on a train/how high? So high so I can kiss the sky/how sick, so sick that you can suck my dick”
Redman and Method Man are two of the most affable, talented weed smokers in rap. “How High” was their first official song together, and later became a remix for their album Blackout! and a film starring both of them.
Kanye West ft. Nas and Really Doe, “We Major”
“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.
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.
Snoop Dogg, “Weed Iz Mine”
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