Bone Thugs~N~Harmony "Weed Song"
Happy Easter! Happy 420! Both holidays, which fall today, seem almost equally accepted and mainstream, especially in states such as California, Colorado, and Washington. But it wasn't always that way. The first time I personally became aware of the symbolism of 420 and what it meant was back in the mid '90s when I was over in Amsterdam reporting on the High Times sponsored Cannabis Cup for the San Francisco Bay Guardian. During that week of events in the Dutch city long associated with cannabis, I noticed how at exactly 4:20pm each afternoon without fail everyone would stop whatever they were doing to spark one up. Of course, most stoners don't need an excuse or specific time to remind them to indulge in the sticky icky, but that doesn't stop folks from observing the hour of 4:20 (pm or am) as if it were a religious holiday. Weed lore has it that celebrating 4:20 dates back to the early 1970's when, somewhere in NorCal near Humboldt - longtime the epicenter of California weed-growing, a group of friends chose that time of the day to light up. Since then the time morphed into the date of April 20th as a celebratory time and nowadays it seems everyone, smokers and non-smokers alike, are well aware of the meaning of 4:20.
From a music standpoint the popular musical genre most associated with 4:20 and weed (besides reggae) is hip-hop which for the past two decades has been celebrating the joys of the green in song to the point that it is often difficult to find a hip-hop album without any reference to weed. Hence for this 4/20/2014 Amoeblog I have assembled, out of the limitless weed themed hip-hop songs to chose from, a selection of just a few of the many (mostly West Coast) rap weed anthems. These include such (now) classics as RBL Posse's "Don't Gimme No Bammer," Cypress Hill's "Hits from the Bong," The Luniz's "I Got 5 On It," Tha Alkaholik's "Mary Jane." Also included are Kid Cudi's "Marijuana," Bone Thugs~N~Harmony's "Weed Song" (above), Potluck's "Hotbox Anthem," and for the reggae flava both DJ Quik's "Tha Bombudd" (audio only), and Snoop Dogg as Snoop Lion with guest Collie Buddz and the 2013 released track, the appropriately titled "Smoke The Weed."
Cypress Hill "Hits from The Bong (live at Smoke Out Festival, 2002)
Luniz "I Got Five On It remix feat. Dru Down, Shock G, Spice 1, Richie Rich, E 40)"
RBL Posse "Don't Gimme No Bammer"
Tha Alkaholiks "Mary Jane"
Kid Cudi "Marijuana" (from Man on the Moon II)
Potluck "Hotbox Anthem (Feat. Absolute On End and Mr. Garth-Culti-Vader)"
Snoop Lion "Smoke The Weed (feat. Collie Buddz)"
DJ Quik "Tha BombBudd" (audio only)