Thursday, May 2, 2013

The Top 25 Weed Songs

Got weed?
I know I missed posting this on 4/20 but as Wiz Khalifa says on one of the songs on the list, "on the kush clock, it's always time to smoke". More importantly my 100th post is coming soon and to celebrate I've compiled 25 of my favorite joints (no pun intended) that blend perfectly into any smoke session (in no particular order). Thank you to anyone who reads my posts, you are appreciated but let's start the list.

1. Styles P - "Good Times"

Album: Gangster and a Gentleman (2002)

"Good Times" was not only SP's biggest hit which brought him into the game as a solo artist—after being with The LOX—but it also went down as a smoker's anthem embedded in rap history. The song is instantly recognizable with it's Freda Payne sample and one of the greatest opening lines ever, "Everyday I need an ounce and a half". I'm sure most potheads would agree with that statement. Check out the dope visuals as well.

2. Method Man & Redman 

How High (Album Version)

Album: Blackout! (1999)

One of rap's best duos originally released their first collaboration on The Show (Soundtrack) but re-released it on their debut album Blackout! in higher quality. If that wasn't enough, the remix features female vocals on top of the chrous and this is the version used in the music videoThe two rap back and fourth proving their chemistry and that fucking with them is a "straight suicide". The song would later spawn a funny movie and a failed TV series starring the two, and more importantly more dope music. They later followed up their collaboration album with Blackout! 2 in 2009 and are still killing features today

3. Cypress Hill - Hits From The Bong

Album: Black Sunday (1993)

There so many great smoke songs from Cypress Hill's catalogue to choose from like "I Wanna Get High" or "Dr. Greenthumb" but I personally think their tribute to bongs from Black Sunday is among the best. Similar to Redman's "How to Roll a Blunt" B-Real shows an alternative method to smoking weed with some good tips. Sen Dog does his usual background echoes and the bong rip sound effects add to the sample which sounds like it's taken from a hippie's stereo. 

4. Dr. Dre - The Next Episode 

Album: 2001 (1999)

Dr. Dre's 2001 is perfect for any smoking occasion but "The Next Episode" is an undeniable hip-hop classic that can get play at any venue and receive a huge crowd reaction.  The song is a sequel to Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg's first collaboration "Nuthin' But A G Thang" and features a guest feature from Nate Dogg (R.I.P.) with an unforgettable line, "hey, hey, hey, hey, smoke weed every day". A philosophy that's in every stoner's handbook. 

5. Luniz - I Got 5 On It 

Album: Operation Stackola (1995)

Not everyone can afford their drug habit and Luniz made a classic song with a popular solution. "I Got 5 On It" is a testament to smoke circles everywhere chipping in to buy a larger amount of ganga. The strange melody and hypnotic chorus blend to make a perfect smoke song and remember if you let someone hit for free "you hella dum-da-dum-dumb". Watch the video to see a 90's pool party. 

6. Schoolboy Q (feat. A$AP Rocky) - Hands On The Wheel

Album: Habits & Contradictions (2012)

One of the most memorable songs to come out of last year, "Hands On The Wheel" made Schoolboy Q a popular name for this house party anthem using a Kid Cudi sample sung by Lissie. The track also hosts a showstealing feature from A$AP Rocky. "Hands on the Wheel" is one of the best party tracks to come from my generation. If life for you is just "weed and brews" this song is perfect for you. 

7. Lil Wayne - Kush

Album: The Leak (2007)

You wouldn't know it from listening to any of his recent music but Lil Wayne actually used to be pretty good in his prime. Back before his Grammy award-winning album Tha Carter III, he dominated the mixtape scene with his Dedication and Drought series' and the massive amount of material Wayne recorded provided some great tracks which didn't make the album like "Kush". Similar to "Pussy, Money, Weed" it's just trade mark Weezy with a beautiful sample talking about the finest things in life including smoking the most potent weed. No reggie allowed. Ever.

8. Bob Marley - Kaya 

Album: Kaya (1978)

Bob Marley is another artist whose whole discography makes for a good listen whilst smoking, but Kaya is a direct reference to weed and how it makes Bob feel ("I feel so high, I even touch the sky"). Marley was a master at creating peaceful vibes with his music and this song is a testament to his ability. This song is perfect for wake and bake. 

9. Rick James - Mary Jane

Album: Come Get It! (1978)

Another direct reference which is a little more obvious is Rick Jame's ode to Mary Jane. Fans of Friday will remember the song playing in the movie and fans of Rick James know he took a lot of drugs aside from marijuana. Still, his affection for "Mary Jane" is brightly sung over a heavenly instrumental and for stoners who feel the same way, this song helps them get to their own "paradise". 

10. The Alchemist - Calmly Smoke

Album: The Alchemist's Cookbook (2008)

This is probably the most slept on track on this list, but The Alchemist cooked up this gem about the beneficial effects of weed, especially when dealing with the struggles of life ("And when I exhale the smoke I let the problems float/When I blow out a cloud I let the drama go"). The inhale sounds over Alchemist's trippy beat and Evidence's show stealing verse make this necessary for any smoke playlist.

11. Wiz Khalifa - Still Blazin

Album: Kush & Orange Juice (2010)

Off of his best mixtape Kush & OJ which skyrocketed him to fame and a record deal, "Still Blazin" is a reggae inspired song, half sung and half smoothly rapped over by Khalifa. "Why can't everyone just smoke like me? Just get up out my face and let me roll my weed." Every stoner feels like this at some point given that marijuana is still illegal and still frowned upon, despite it's beneficial medical uses. After seeing Wiz twice in concert, this song get the venue the smokiest.

12. N.O.R.E. - Married to Marijuana

Album: Unreleased (1997)

Another song personifying Marijuana as a woman, this time by N.O.R.E. of Capone-N-Noreaga who is deeply in love with Mary Jane. ("Smoke you out during intercourse") Sampling Al Green's "Something" the echoing beat is perfect for Noreaga's flow as he breaks down how his weed is more important than any chick. The song is unreleased but can be found on the internet with some work but it's worth it because it's Noreaga at his best! His new album Student of the Game is out now and if you haven't heard his collaboration with Large Professor yet you sleepin! 

13. Method Man - Tical 

Album: Tical (1994)

Method Man and Redman are not ashamed to label themselves weed aficionados and on Method Man's title track to his debut album he let it be known. The average listener might think "Tical" is just another word for weed, but it actually refers to a blunt that has been rolled with syrup or honey and than smoked (which makes for a great experience). "Tical" let all the John Doe's know that Method Man's "on some shit" and if you smoke Tical you will be too. 

14. Kid Cudi - Marijuana 

Album: Man on the Moon, Vol. II (2010)

While Man on the Moon 2 stood nowhere near it's predecessor, "Marijuana" was one of the tracks that stood out further proving that Cudder was an avid smoker. Oddly enough around the time of it's release he quit smoking and put out an awful rock album. Maybe if he started smoking again he could go back to what fans liked about his early mixtapes, but with his last few releases I don't see it happening anytime soon. 

15. Devin The Dude - Doobie Ashtray

Album: Just Tryin' Ta Live (2002)

Devin the Dude has a long relationship with Mary Jane and all you need to do is look at his albums to see that. Devin The Dude took the singing/rapping style of weed raps and made it his signature. Simply put, without Devin The Dude there would be no Wiz Khalifa or Kid Cudi. "Doobie Ashtray" is a simple story about someone taking the last doobie out of his ashtray but it's remarkably catchy and unforgettable. Just Tryin' Ta Live remains one of Devin's best albums to date. The picture to the right is a picture of Devin's glorious doobie ashtray and it's clear why someone would take one of those fat doobies! 

16. Three 6 Mafia - Stay High 

Album: The Most Known Unknown (2005)

Academy Award-winning rap group Three 6 Mafia (still feels weird to say), have many songs about weed and with Juicy J's recent come back they have certainly capitalized on it. "Where's Da Bud" is a contender for their best but who could forget about Three 6 Mafia's biggest hit "Stay High" which made their album go platinum. It was changed to "Stay Fly" in the radio edit but stoners rejoice in the song's original message—getting blazed. The memorable chorus and the only notable verses from Young Buck and Juicy J make this worthy of a spot on the list.

17. Snoop Doggy Dogg - Gin & Juice 

Album: Doggystyle (1993)

There's no way I can make a list of weed songs without Snoop Dogg. The 41-year-old rapper has been burning trees since his first album Doggystyle 20 years ago under the name Snoop Doggy Dogg. His second single "Gin and Juice" is his biggest hit to date and is one of the best rap songs to come from the 90s. Everything from the funky death row era beat by Dr. Dre to the classic chorus, will have every party nodding their head and singing the words. Perfect song for cruising around in the whip and "smoking indo". Tell Snoop Lion I want Snoop Dogg back. 

18. Redman - How to Roll a Blunt

Album: Whut? Thee Album (1992)

Redman took the time out to make an instructional song on "how to roll a blunt". People who have been doing it for years consider it a craft in it's own right and Redman makes it entertaining as hell. Everything from purchasing a Philly ("not the city you silly punk"), to parting it down the middle (no razor needed), Redman continues to tell weed stories throughout the song to enjoy when you're "fucked up" and "high as hell".

19. Busta Rhymes - Get High Tonight

Album: When Dizaster Strikes (1997)

What if I told you Busta Rhymes made a song about getting high sampling KC and the Sunshine Band's "Get Down Tonight"? Well "Get High Tonight" is his spin on it with a funny chorus replacing the lyrics with "buy a nickel bag/smoke a little lye/get high tonight". His unorthodox flow is Busta's signature which contrasts perfectly with the chorus. 

20. Scarface - Mary Jane

Album: The Untouchable (1997)

Legendary southern rapper scarface has been in the game for over 20 years telling street narratives and when he made "Mary Jane" in 1997 what could have been an overused concept was flipped on it's head into an insightful look onto the social conflicts of marijuana legalization. In the song he recognizes the cruel irony that cigarettes and alcohol are legal but kill people, yet marijuana is a completely natural drug that helped  him through his depression and has had zero related deaths. While he wrote it high on weed, he recorded it on ecstasy (weed's not the only drug available to rappers) but whatever drug he was on, the result came out beautiful. 

21. Outkast - Crumblin Erb

Album: Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik

Outkast isn't a group exactly known for specially making weed music like Cypress Hill or Method Man or Redman but there's no denying they're one of the most influential rap groups of all time. On the surface the song looks like an attempt to join the trend of weed songs, but upon closer listening Andre 3000's verse details the struggles of a hustler dealing with poverty and paranoia.  Big Boi's contrasts 3 stacks with a rapid verse about living a life of violence and the relaxing chorus comments on our short time on this earth, so why not crumble some 'erb?

22. Cam'ron - Purple Haze

Album: Diplomatic Immunity (2003)

Cam'ron and Juelz Santana were untouchable in the early 2000's and put Harlem on the map with their unique flows and sample-heavy sound. The Diplomats' first album Diplomatic Immunity features an insane amount of hits but "Purple Haze" showed why Cam was the leader of the pack and has put out some of the best rap albums in recent years. "Purple Haze" was another perfectly sampled track for Killa Cam to destroy. 

23. Kendrick Lamar - Blow My High (Member's Only)

Album: Section.80 (2011)

I know a lot of people would say "Bitch, Don't Kill My Vibe" but I sparked way too many blunts to Section.80 to not have it on this list. Kendrick's ode to Aaliyah, Pimp C and Left Eye and also a message to those who gossip not to blow his high. I also recommend good kid, m.A.A.d city, which was my favorite album of last year. 

24. Dr. Dre -Xxplosive

Album: 2001 (1999)

This is another gem from 2001 that I couldn't ignore. This could be on the list just for the BANGING instrumental and chorus, but Kurupt's verse about bitches and Nate Dogg's verse about "chronic leaves" flow over it perfectly. The song is half fucking bitches and half smoking that bomb shit, you can't go wrong with that. 

25. 50 Cent - High All The Time

Album: Get Rich or Die Tryin' (2003)

50 Cent knew how to make legendary hooks matching the best beats courtesy of Dr. Dre. His debut album Get Rich or Die Tryin' is one of the best rap albums in recent years and singles like "Many Men (Wish Death Upon Me)" and "In Da Club" he proved he was an authentic street rapper but could bring his music to mainstream appeal. His ability to sing his own hooks and make them catchy was displayed on "High All The Time" where 50 says he doesn't need any alcohol because he's already high all the time which is a valid point which some stoners live by. 

Well, that's all the songs I have for this list and it's a playlist which hasn't failed me. That being said, comment if you agree with it or you think I missed some. Feel free to smoke one to this list. And remember...

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