April 21, 2020
From Cypress Hill to Afroman and Snoop – with a little kid cudi sprinkled on top – the best songs for those who love Hip-Hop.
This nursery rhyme–style sing-along reportedly took Joseph “Afroman” Foreman only two minutes to write, and subsequently launched a career that glorified the pothead slacker lifestyle. Though “Because I Got High” remains the West Coast MC’s only major hit, it’s arguably one of the best-loved weed songs of all time.
Few hip-hop groups have embraced cannabis like Cypress Hill, which can claim multiple stoner anthems in its catalog; one of its members, B-Real, started his own medical marijuana dispensary in California. Hits like “Dr. Greenthumb” and “Roll It Up, Light It Up, Smoke It Up” could easily be on this list, too, but “Hits From the Bong” sticks in the head more than any of the group’s other songs.
Kid Cudi’s debut single is still his most commercially successful work to date. “Day ’N’ Nite” peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 during May of 2009. In the song, which Cudder produced alongside his WZRD compatriot Dot Da Genius, explains the regret he felt about his fractured relationship with his late uncle, whom he used to live within Brooklyn and who passed away in 2006.
It isn’t often that a song about weed becomes a massive hit. D.R.A.M.’s “Broccoli” went quintuple platinum, peaked at number five on the Billboard Hot 100, and put the Virginia rapper on the map. The reasoning for this is two-fold. First, Lil Yachty delivers one of the best intros to any song in recent memory with the sweet, “Hey Lil mama would you like to be my sunshine.” Second, D.R.A.M.’s hook, “In the middle of the party, bitch get off me (Get off of me)/In the cut I’m rollin’ up my broccoli (My weed, my weed) is insanely quotable.
So what we get drunk?
So what we smoke weed?
We’re just having fun
We don’t care who sees
So what we go out?
That’s how its supposed to be
Living young and wild and free
There is no more need to be said