It’s been 14 years since one-hit wonder Afroman released “Because I Got High,” a catchy stoner anthem about the trials and tribulations of one man messing up his entire life by smoking up too much. This time around, though, instead of caring about nothing, Afroman cares about everything — especially the many benefits of marijuana legalization.
Released as a joint (!!!) collaboration between pro-legalization groups Weedmaps and NORML, the music video features Afroman cruising through LA on a couch detailing the fiscal, political, and personal health benefits to legalization. So instead of “I was gonna go to class, before I got high,” Afroman offers verses like:
The state made revenue, because I got high
They built a school or two, because I got high
Now the state can fund drug treatment, and I know why
Because I got high, because I got high, because I got high
In terms of elder hip-hop statesman shilling for political causes, Afroman beats the hell out of Lil Jon’s painfully cliched pro-voting ditty “Turn Out For What,” mostly because Afroman and pro-legalization go together like peanut butter and jelly — or in a stoner’s case, peanut butter, Nutella and banana slices sandwiched between two Eggo waffles. Afroman even posted a lengthy scribe on his official Facebook page about the video, anointing himself the “Michael Jordan of marijuana.”
If he’s the Michael Jordan, Snoop Dogg must be the LeBron James.