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Who Shouted Ya? 50 Famous Namedrops From The Notorious B.I.G.

Biggie loved to shout out his celeb friends on his tracks. 

Supreme soloists are considered to be of the highest order when it comes to the art of rhyme, and arguably the greatest of them all is being celebrated today --- despite having recorded his last song more than twenty years ago. The Notorious B.I.G., who was murdered on March 9, 1997, in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles, California, still remains as New York's undisputed king of rap.

With casual fans and hip-hop junkies alike showing reverence to the pride of Bed Stuy, Biggie Smalls receives praise from all walks of life. Throughout the culture's history, few figures have become as synonymous with hip-hop as Big Poppa, who took the rap world by storm in the mid '90s --- building a legacy that remains iron-clad to this day. Other rappers may have gone on to reach greater commercial success, but few rappers are as beloved or as formidable on the mic as hip-hop's Frank White. In our eyes, he is still one of the top lyricists of all time. Biggie transcended rap and infiltrated pop culture without sacrificing his integrity as an artist.

READ: The Notorious C.O.O.G.I.: Biggie’s History With The COOGI Brand

Possessing a skill-set that still makes the most accomplished of rappers envious, The Notorious B.I.G. would regularly leave listeners spellbound with his nimble flow and intricate rhyme schemes, but one aspect of Biggie's artistry that many overlook is his penchant for name-dropping. Dating back to the release of his debut single and first guest appearances, Brooklyn's own would give nods to various figures, including fellow entertainers, accountants, lawyers, close friends, and even family members --- giving listeners a glimpse into his world. Many of these instances would be marked as some of the rapper's most unforgettable bars, immortalizing the names within them.

READ: Notorious B.I.G.'s 15 Biggest Billboard Hits

To celebrate the life of a legend whose life was taken away too soon, we've compiled 50 of the greatest name-drops The Notorious B.I.G. littered throughout his raps during his relatively brief career.

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1. "Party and Bullshit"

"Hugs from the honeys, pounds from the roughnecks/Seen my man [Lil] Fame that I knew from the projects/Said he had beef, asked me if I had my piece/Sure do, two .22's in my shoes"

2. "Budweiser Superfest Freestyle"

"I got seven Mack-11's, about eight 38's/Nine 9's, ten MAC-10's, the shit never ends/You can't touch my riches/Even if you had MC Hammer and them 357 bitches"

3. "Only You"

"Room 112 where the players dwell/And stash more cash than Bert Padell, inhale/Inhale make you feel godd like Tony Toni Tone (feels good)/Dig up in your middle like Monie (yes)"

4. "I Love The Dough"

"We hit makers with acres/Roll shakers in Vegas, you can't break us/Lost chips on Lakers, gassed off Shaq/Country house, tennis courts on horseback"

5. "What's Beef"

"Don't they know my nigga Gutter fuckin' kidnap kids/Fuck 'em in the ass, throw 'em over the bridge/That's how it is, my shit is laid out/Fuck that "beef" shit, that shit is played out"

6. "What's Beef"

"Man, listen, straight torture/Look what that slick shit bought ya/A first class ticket to Lucifer, real name Christopher/Watch me set it off like Vivica/Here lies your demise, close your eyes"

7. "Somebody's Gotta Die"

"I'm sittin' in the crib dreamin' about Learjets and coupes/The way Salt shoops and how they sell records like Snoop - (oops!)I'm interrupted by a doorbell/3:52 - Who the hell is this?"

8. "Long Kiss Goodnight"

"I make yo' mouthpiece obese like Della Reese/When I release, you lose teeth like Lil' Cease/Nigga please, blood floods your dungarees/And that's just the half of my warpath"

9. "Machine Gun Funk"

"This ain't Christopher Williams, still some/MC's got to feel one
Caps, I got to peel some/To let niggas know that if you fuck with big-and-heavy/I get up in that ass like a wedgie"

10. "Warning"

"Remember them niggas from the hill up in Brownsville/That you rolled dice with, smoked blunts and got nice with?/Yeah my nigga Fame up in Prospect/Nah them my niggas nah love wouldn't disrespect"

11. "One More Chance"

"I got the pack of Rough Riders in the back of the Pathfinder/You know the epilogue by James Todd Smith/I get swift with the lyrical gift/Hit you with a dick, make your kidney shift"

12. "One More Chance"

"You see, all I do is separate the game from the truth/Big bang boots from the Bronx to Bolivia/Getting physical like Olivia Newt/Tricks suck my clique dick all day with no trivia"

13. "The What"

"Excuse me, flows just grow through me/Like trees to branches, cliffs to avalanches/It's the praying mantis, deep like the mind of Farrakhan/A motherfucking rap phenomenon, plus"

14. "Juicy"

"It was all a dream, I used to read Word Up! magazine/Salt-n-Pepa and Heavy D up in the limousine/Hangin' pictures on my wall/Every Saturday Rap Attack, Mr. Magic, Marley Marl"

15. "Juicy"

"Born sinner, the opposite of a winner/Remember when I used to eat sardines for dinner/Peace to Ron G, Brucey B, Kid Capri/Funkmaster Flex, Lovebug Starski (Wassup?)"

16. "Juicy"

"I made the change from a common thief/To up close and personal with Robin Leach/And I'm far from cheap, I smoke skunk with my peeps all day/Spread love, it's the Brooklyn way"

17. "Big Poppa"

"Now check it: I got more mack than Craig, and in the bed/Believe me, sweetie, I got enough to feed the needy/No need to be greedy, I got mad friends with Benzes/C-notes by the layers, true fuckin' players"

18. "Unbelievable"

"And those that rushes my clutches get put on crutches/Get smoked like dutches from the master/Hate to blast you but I have to, you see I smoke a lot/Your life is played out like Kwame and them fucking polka dots/Who rock the spot, Biggie/You know how the weed go, unbelievable"

19. "Who Shot Ya?"

"I feel for you, like Chaka Khan I'm the don/Pussy when I want, Rolex on the arm/You'll die slow but calm/Recognize my face, so there won't be no mistake/So you know where to tell Jake, lame nigga"Brave nigga, turned front page nigga"

20. "Bullshit and Party"

"Can't we just all get along?/So I can put hickies on her chest like Little Shawn/Get her pissy drunk off of Dom Pérignon/And it's on, and I'm gone"

21. "Just Playin'(Dreams)"

"As I sit back relax, steam a blunt, sip a Becks/Think about the sexy singers that I wanna sex/I'd probably go to jail for fucking Patti LaBelle/Ooh Regina Belle, she'd probably do me swell/Jasmine Guy was fly, Mariah Carey's kinda scary/Wait a minute, what about my honey Mary?/Them jeans they fitting like a glove/I had a crush on you since Real Love"

22. "Get Money"

"You wanna sip Mo' on my living room flo'/Play Nintendo with Cease and Nino/Pick up my phone say "Poppa not home"/Sex all night, mad head in the morn'"

23. "I Love The Dough"

"Ain't shit changed, except the number after the dot on the Range/Way niggas look at me now, kinda strangeI hate y'all too/Rather be in Carribean sands with Rachel/It's unreal, out the blue Frank White got sex appeal/Bitches used to go, "ill!"

24. "Long Kiss Goodnight"

"Short-change niggas, snort 'caine niggas/Extortion came quicker, bought the Range nigga/Ya still tickle me, I used to be as strong as Ripple be/Til Lil' Cease crippled me/Now I play hard, like my girl's nipples be"

25. "Victory"

"Excellence is my presence, never tense/Never hesitant, leave a nigga bent real quick/Real sick, raw nights, I perform like Mike/Anyone -- Tyson, Jordan, Jackson/Action, pack guns, ridiculous/And I'm, quick to bust, if my ends you touch"

26. "Dead Wrong"

"Who's the one you call Mr. Macho?/The head honcho, swift fist, like Camacho/I got so much style I should be down with the Stylistics/"Make up to break up" Niggas need to wake up/Smell the Indonesia, beat you to a seizure/Then fuck your moms, hit the skins to amnesia"

27. "Dead Wrong"

"I guess I was a combination of House of Pain and Bobby Brown/I was humping around and jumping around/Jacked her, then I asked her, "Who's the man?"/She said, "B-I-G", then I'd bust in her E-Y-E"

28. "Players Anthem"

"Just the way players play, all day everyday/I don't know what else to say/I've been robbin niggas since Run and them was singin 'Here We Go'/Snatchin ropes at the Roxie homeboy"

29. "Realms of Junior M.A.F.I.A."

"Dippin' with money L in the green beamer/Sippin' Zima's, on our way to see Katrina/She said she need a "Freak Like Me," like Adina/Fucked her by mistake she had a twin named Regina"

30. "All About The Benjamins (Remix)"

"Left my East Coast girl the Bentley to twirl/My West Coast shorty, push the chrome 740/Rocking Redman and Naughty, oh, where my kitty cat/Half a brick of yay in the bra where her titties at"

31. "Flava In Ya Ear" (Remix)"

"More Guns than Roses, foes is shaking in their boots/Invisible bully like The Gooch/Disappear, vamoose, you're wack to me/Take them rhymes back to the factory"

32. "Who's the Man"

"Cause he kept on beggin' for shit/Now B.I.G. keep on wreckin' the shit/And the chronic (cough) got a nigga (cough) rockin' shit/Castratin' like that Bobbitt bitch"

33. "4 My Peeps"

"Introducing the black bastard from Bedrock/Guaranteed to make your head rock, tote Glocks/Drop cops that mistake me for Rodney/Strictly head shots, I knock the twist out your dreadlocks"

34. "Keep Your Hands High"

"Me and my nigga Lance, took Kim and Cease advance/Bought ten bricks, four pounds of weed plants/From Branson, now we lamp in, twelve room mansions/Bitches get naked off Get Money, Playas Anthem"

35. "Keep Your Hands High"

"Talkin' blasphemy, blastin' me/Your family rest in coffins often/Frankwizza, far from soft or fragilla/Play hard like Reggie Miller, rapper slash dope dealer/Slash guerilla, slash illest turned illa"

36. "Gimme The Loot"

"I'm slamming niggas like Shaquille, shit is real/When it's time to eat a meal, I rob and steal/Cause mom dukes ain't giving me shit/So for the bread and butter I leave niggas in the gutter"

37. "Gettin' Money (Get Money Remix)"

"I display, Hot 97 rhyme-ready/Cocked Mac-11, line steady/Like Tevin Campbell I'm Ready/To do what I do, continuously to get money"

38. "Brooklyn's Finest"

"Who shot ya? Mob ties like Sinatra/Peruvians tried to do me in, I ain't paid them yet/Tryin to push 700's, they ain't made them yet/Rolex and bracelets is frostbit; rings too/Niggas 'round the way call me Igloo - Stick who?"

39. "Brooklyn's Finest"

"Me and Gutter had 2 spots/The 2-for-5 dollar hits, the blue tops/Gotta go, Coolio mean it's getting "Too Hot"/If Fay' had twins, she'd probably have two Pacs/Get it? ... Tu-pac's"

40. "A Buncha Niggas"

"I bring drama like ya, spit on my momma/Cannibalistic, like that nigga Jeffrey Dahmer/I'ma head peeler, girl stealer/Coffin sealer, ex-drug dealer"

41. "Bust A Nut"

"Me eat you, I beat you, then greet you to the door/Bitch, cause I don't love you no more/Which one of these hoes in the lobby wanna slob me/You know me, I like my dick brown like Bobby"

42. "I Love The Dough"

"Don't forget the vinyl, take girls break spinals/Biggie be Richie like Lionel, shit/You seen the Jesús, dipped to H classes/Ice project off lights, shit flashes"

43. "Sky's The Limit"

"Start stacking, dabbled in crack, gun packing/Nickname Medina make the seniors tote my niñas/From gym class to English pass off a global/The only nigga with a mobile, can't you see like Total"

44. "Nasty Boy"

"Ladies, my Mercedes/Hold fo' in the back, two if you're fat/Keep a gat cause cats try to test me/They just fans like DeNiro/Wesley"

45. "Miss U"

"Got the coke cooked up, a crackhead Kevin/In '88, when Kane ruled with "Half Steppin'"/A .38, a lot of mouth was our only weapon/We was kings till the D's crept in; and now I'm missing 'em"

46. "Going Back to Cali"

"Cali got gunplay, models on the runway/Scream Biggie Biggie gimme One More Chance/I be whipping on the freeway, the NYC way/On the celly-celly with my homeboy Lance"

47. "I Love The Dough"

"Cases catch more than outfielders/Half these rapping cats ain't seen war/Couldn't score if they had point game, they lame/Speak my name, I make 'em dash like Dame"

48. "You're Nobody (Til Somebody Kills You)"

"Silly cat, wore suede in the rain/Swear he put the G in game, had the Gucci frame/Before Dana Dane, thought he ran with Kane/I can't recall his name"

49. "My Downfall"

"Apologies in order, to T'Yanna my daughter/If it was up to me you would be with me/Sorta like Daddy Dearest, my vision be the clearest/Silencers so you can't hear it"

50. "Freestyle #13"

"When I was born, I know I make the world darker/The age of fifteen, tote gats, quick to spark ya/Like Bob Barker, if the price is right/Lay your ass down for spite, anybody aight?

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Issa Vibe: The Best Songs To Fit Your Different 4/20 Sessions

April 20th isn’t a national holiday, but it might as well be.

Although recreational marijuana use is only legal in 10 states, the U.S. is home to approximately 35 million regular users of cannabis, according to a survey done by Yahoo News and Marist University. That's 10.6 percent of the American population and while that may seem minuscule, the numbers are growing daily and it's understandable.

Weed has now become a staple of American culture; it's become a legitimate business in the states where it's legal, it's now part of the way people socialize, and better yet it's a theme in some of the hottest music out today. "Kush" has been included in some of the hardest verses that millennials and generation-z kids have heard in their lifetime.

Wiz Khalifa and Snoop Dogg, amazing emcees in their own right, are also widely known for their love of the green plant. Wiz's biggest album, Rolling Papers is clearly influenced by weed and along with the Snoop Dogg-assisted "Young, Wild & Free" is all about that green positivity.

There's an endless list of hits about rolling up a joint, hitting it and passing it, but what about moods? Whether it's a bowl, a blunt or an edible weed, can leave people feeling a variety of ways and that all can be traced to a certain strand of weed someone's inhaling, or the mood they're already.

Regardless, it's important to be prepared and have music ready to match whatever feelings marijuana concocts; and that's why VIBE compiled an adequate list of songs for each of the main pot moods.

So on this 4/20, sit back, relax, smoke and find the songs that suit the vibe.


The "Let Me Chill Out" Mood 

Sometimes the best way to come down from an over the top high is to play some tunes with a soft beat and a light voice. The best artists in the game right now, like Jhené Aiko for instance, have created that sound that's perfect for when relaxation is needed, so of course, she made the list.  These are the top four songs that can help anyone kick back and relax if a pull from a joint just isn't hitting the right way.

"Blue Dream" by Jhené Aiko "Muse" by Afro Nostalgia "Summer Games" by Drake "LOVE." by Kendrick Lamar (feat. Zacari) The Bad B*tch Hours or "Top Two and I'm Not Two" Mood 

You look around the room and realize: you're top two and you're not two in it. All it took was one or a couple of puffs and then a pass to make you feel pretty good about yourself. One of the main upsides to smoking that's constantly mentioned in the media is that it can help alleviate chronic pain, well, another positive to it is that it can leave you feeling sexy, sensual and everything in between.

This is that high that can make you feel that you're significant other is lucky to have you, and subsequently makes you hit them up, that tells you: you're single and ready to mingle. It's a smoking session that lets you know: if you shoot your shot now, you'll score and it's a session that you want music playing that only affirms how sultry and seductive you feel. If this is how 4/20 leaves you feeling, putting on some RiRi or even Young Thug can effectively get you 'in your bag.'

"Same Ol' Mistakes" by Rihanna "Tyrant" by Kali Uchis (feat. Jorja Smith) "Worth It" by Young Thug "Smoke Break" by Chance the Rapper (feat. Future) The "Head in the Clouds" Mood 

More often than not, edibles have the power of leaving people spaced out and speaking slowly, after consuming them. Sometimes smoking weed, or hotboxing with friends is a silent event. Either everyone's consumed by their phones, or every other person has been looking at a nonexistent spot on the wall for the past 15 minutes.

Regardless this isn't the high where people want to hear "Act Up" by City Girls, no matter how much they love them. No, this is the high where people need music that takes them on a journey. Songs where the production is out of this world and it seems like the artist specifically made the song for a smoke session like no other. Travis Scott's ASTROWORLD is full of tracks with that vibe, and Lil' Wayne, a weed connoisseur of his own, has songs that fulfill that need too. Smoke a bit and let the weed do its thing.

"ASTROTHUNDER" by Travis Scott "I Feel Like Dying" by Lil' Wayne "Hyyer" by Kid Cudi "St. Tropez" by J. Cole The "Got the Giggles" Mood 

This is when the blunt hits perfectly and there's nothing wrong in the world or when the bowl did its' job and leaves everyone feeling silly. A "feel good high" is the best way to describe and the best way to live through that kind of smoke session is to listen to some "feel good music." These are the songs that can have people swaying unknowingly to its' beat, or the tracks that leave people smiling from ear to ear. This is the session that lets people know that "this is it chief," and here are the best songs to go along with it.

"Pass the Vibes" by Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment "Dreamcatcher" by Metro Boomin' (feat. Swae Lee & Travis Scott) "It's a Vibe" by 2 Chainz (feat. Ty Dolla $ign, Trey Songz & Jhené Aiko) "Binz" by Solange
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4/20: A VIBE-Era Timeline Of Hip-Hop's Relationship With Cigars And Rolling Papers

Hip-hop's relationship with Mary Jane has always been a beloved one. From song from artists like Styles P, Curren$y and Snoop Dogg, laying back and enjoying nature's herbs is a coveted pastime in the game.

But we wouldn't be able to enjoy it all without the inclusion of cigars and rolling papers. Sure, we have vapes and other creative ways to reach aerial heights, but the OG accessories bring a different element to the table. The herb holiday might be a perfect time for enthusiasts to light one in the air, but VIBE was inspired to pay homage to hip-hop's love for the preroll.

Only keeping the VIBE-era in mind (starting from 1992), we analyzed companies like Swisher Sweets, Phillies and more, along with its ambassadors throughout the game like Snoop Dogg, Cypress Hill and Wiz Khalifa.

Enjoy the brief timeline of Hip-Hop's relationship with cigars and rolling papers below.

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___ 1. Zig Zag


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Established Since 1855

Peak Years of Popularity (In Hip Hop): 1992-1996 / 2009-2013

Most Popular in California

Top Ambassadors: Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa, Curren$y, Juicy J

In 1988, N.W.A. founder Eazy-E established Zig Zag as the official rolling paper for west-coasters after referencing the brand on a song from his solo debut, Eazy-Duz-It. In subsequent years, Zig Zag would appear on songs from legends like Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, 2Pac, and B-Real, resulting in the brand becoming synonymous with the west coast.

The decline in west coast rap's popularity during the latter half of the '90s would result in a decreased amount of nods to Zig Zag within hip-hop, as other brands continued to dominate the conversation. In 2009, Zig Zag's standing among rap fans would receive a jolt when Wiz Khalifa and Curren$y teamed up for their collaborative mixtape How Fly, which included numerous references to the brand. However, as other brands of rolling papers began to dominate the market, Zig Zag's approval rating faltered slightly, but continues to transcend generations and will forever be remembered as the O.G. smokers utensil.

2. E-Z Wider

Established Since 1972

Peak Years of Popularity (In Hip Hop): 1992-1996 / 2008-2011

Most Popular in New York

Top Ambassadors: Wiz Khalifa, Chris Webby

The east coast's affinity for blunts is well-documented, but for a brief period during the '90s, EZ-Wider became the alternative for a select group of rappers out of New York City. Introduced into to hip-hop lexicon by A Tribe Called Quest member Phife Dawg on "Scenario (Demo 2)," EZ-Wider enjoyed a short run among smokers in the hip-hop community before losing its luster by the mid-'90s.

After more than a decade of sporadic mentions in rap songs, EZ-Wider made a comeback. This was largely on the strength of rappers like Wiz Khalifa, who brought the brand back to prominence in the late aughts during his transition from rolling cigars to smoking using paper. Over the past decade, EZ-Wider's popularity has been eclipsed by competing brands in the market, but its place within hip-hop history is secure.

3. Phillies Cigars (Known as Phillie Blunts)


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Established Since 1910

Peak Years of Popularity (In Hip Hop): 1992-1999

Most Popular in New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Atlanta

Top Ambassadors: Nas, The Notorious B.I.G., Redman, Big Pun, Big Boi, N.O.R.E., Big L

The first cigar to truly reign supreme in hip-hop is the Phillie blunt with a history that runs deep. Referenced as early as 1989, the Phillie came to prominence during the early '90s, with rappers like Redman, Nas, and The Notorious B.I.G. becoming unofficial ambassadors of the brand.

Found in some of the most memorable rap songs of all-time, the Phillie blunt was the cigar of choice on the east coast but began to spread to regions like the south and midwest, with artists like Big Boi of Outkast, and Twista singing its praises. By the end of the '90s, the popularity of the Phillie blunt began to wane, and while it still receives the occasional mention for nostalgic purposes, has never regained its stature as the go-to cigar in hip-hop.

4. Swisher Sweets

Established Since 1959

Peak Years of Popularity (In Hip Hop): 1993-Present

Most Popular in California, Texas, Tennessee, Illinois, Louisiana

Top Ambassadors: Three 6 Mafia, UGK, 8Ball & MJG, Scarface, Kid Ink, Lil Wayne, Freddie Gibbs, Gucci Mane, Wiz Khalifa, The Game, Lil Durk, Fat Trel, Ab-Soul, YG, Danny Brown, Fredo Santana, Machine Gun Kelly, Wale, Mac Miller, G-Eazy, G Herbo, Kevin Gates, Jeezy, 21 Savage

During the early '90s, Swisher Sweets emerged as the cigar brand of choice among marijuana enthusiasts in the south and western regions of the country. Since as early as 1993, when rap group Souls of Mischief helped put the brand on the map, Swisher Sweets cigars have become a staple in hip-hop, maintaining their popularity for the better part of a quarter century.

Over the years, Swisher Sweets has been name-dropped in songs by rappers from all corners of the country, but rap legends UGK and Three 6 Mafia were among the brand's most fervent supporters. Today, artists like Gucci Mane and Lil Yachty continue to keep Swisher Sweet in the public consciousness and recognized as one of the legacy smoking utensils in hip-hop culture

5. White Owl Cigarillos


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Established Since 1887

Peak Years of Popularity (In Hip Hop): 1993-1997

Most Popular in New York

Top Ambassadors: Wu-Tang Clan

One cigar that caught traction among marijuana aficionados during the early-mid '90s was the White Owl, which became one of the leading brands on the east coast at its peak. Initially popping up on the rap radar via a mention by Gang Starr member Guru in 1992, White Owl would be championed by a number of rap artists out of New York. One act that helped solidify White Owl's standing within hip-hop culture was the Wu-Tang Clan, as numerous members of the Staten Island-based collective paid homage to the brand until its sudden decrease in popularity during the latter half of the decade.

6. Optimo


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Established Since 1898

Peak Years of Popularity (In Hip Hop): 1997-2001

Most Popular in Texas, Louisiana, Tennessee

Top Ambassador: Juicy J

The Notorious B.I.G. may have immortalized the brand after referencing their cigars on his hit single "Big Poppa," but Optimo's lineage in hip-hop can be actually traced back to the southern region of the country. As rap acts out of the south began to reach a national audience during the latter half of the '90s, Optimo's approval rating skyrocketed as well, quickly becoming the cigar of choice for many of the region's star talent.

This particularly proved true in states like Texas, Louisiana, and Tennessee, where Optimo was considered king among blunt smokers and mentioned at a seemingly constant clip. Optimo cigars are not as prominent in rap lyrics as they once were, but remain a legacy brand in the south and have earned their rightful place in the annals of hip-hop history.

7. Garcia Y Vega


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Established Since 1882

Peak Years of Popularity (In Hip Hop):1995-2001

Most Popular in New York, California

Top Ambassador: JT tha Bigga Figga

One cigar brand that had a brief, but noteworthy run within hip-hop was Garcia Y Vega, which was touted by various rap artists on the east coast in beyond. Finding its way into a rap song as early as 1994, the popularity of the Garcia Y Vega cigar was largely relegated to the east coast during its peak years in the latter half of the '90s.

The brand's popularity reached all the way to California, where rappers like JT the Bigga Figga helped give Garcia Y Vega its cultural clout. Today, a Garcia Y Vega cigar is largely considered a relic, but its recognition within the hip-hop community as one of the defining brands for blunt-gut spillers is well-deserved.

8. Dutch Masters Cigars


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Established Since 1911

Peak Years of Popularity (In Hip Hop): 1996-2008

Most Popular in New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia

Top Ambassadors: Wu-Tang Clan, Mobb Deep, The Lox

In terms of sheer dominance of the market, Dutch Masters was once at the top of the list of cigars among marijuana smokers. Introduced by members of the Wu-Tang Clan during the group's rise to power, Dutch Masters would quickly catch on with fellow New Yorkers, including like-minded rap acts Mobb Deep and The LOX.

By the time the smoke from the cigar wars of the '90s cleared, Dutch Masters was the clear victor, as the brand extended its dominance into the next decade. While Dutch Masters' stronghold on the lungs of rap artists and fans alike began to dissipate by the end of the aughts, the brand still receives nods til this day and remains the go-to cigar within the hip-hop community.

9. Backwoods Smokes


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Established Since 1973

Peak Years of Popularity (In Hip Hop): 1998-2005, 2013-Present

Most Popular in New York, Philadelphia, California, Texas, Atlanta

Top Ambassadors: Beanie Sigel, Freeway, Mac Dre, Travis Scott, Lil Yachty,

One cigar that has transcended regions and managed to sustain its standing among marijuana smokers is the Backwood, which has a history that is as rich as any brand in hip-hop. Referenced in a rap lyric as far back as 1994, by the turn of the century, Backwoods saw a spike in popularity, with rappers from the east coast and west coasts singing its praises.

After finding equal footing with the competing cigar brands at the time, Backwoods' visibility within rap dipped during the latter half of the aughts, before returning to prominence the next decade. This was due in large part to the influx of a new generation of rap stars gravitating to the brand, resulting in it regaining its reputation as the unofficial cigar of hip-hop as of 2019 and moving forward.

10. RAW Rolling Papers


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Established Since 2005

Peak Years of Popularity (In Hip Hop): 2012-Present

Most Popular in North America

Top Ambassadors: Wiz Khalifa, Curren$y, 2 Chainz, Mick Jenkins, Chris Webby, Z-Ro, Futuristic

As the new kid on the block, RAW Rolling Papers may lack the rich history of other brands in the market, however, its place as the current smoking utensil of choice in hip-hop cannot be denied.

Establishing itself right in time for the cultural gravitation to rolling papers during the late aughts, RAW Rolling Papers capitalized on early cosigns from marijuana mavens like Wiz Khalifa and Curren$y to infiltrate the culture. With about a decade since its first mention in a rap song, RAW Papers have become a cultural institution in their own right, partnering with various rap artists and connecting the dots between hip-hop, culture, and marijuana.

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Kush & Splendor: 5 CBD Beauty Products That’ll Take Your Self-Care Routine From 0 To 100

Lotions, creams, and salves—oh my! With cannabidiol (CBD) popping up in just about every product you can imagine, the cannabis-infused beauty industry is clearly on the come-up. In fact, analysts predict that the “wellness” movement—as well as the legalization of Mary Jane across the world—will help rake in $25 billion globally in the next 10 years, according to Business Insider. That’s 15 percent of the $167 billion skincare market.

And what better way to up the ante on one’s wellness routine than with all-natural CBD? Just ask Dr. Lana Butner, naturopathic doctor and acupuncturist at NYC’s Modrn Sanctuary, who incorporates CBD in her treatments.

“CBD is a fantastic addition to acupuncture sessions for both its relaxation and anti-inflammatory, pain-relieving effects,” Butner shares with Vixen. “The calming effects of CBD allows for patients to deeply relax into the treatment and really tap into the parasympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for rest, digestion and muscle repair/regeneration.”

She adds that CBD’s pain-relieving effects are “far-reaching,” from muscular and joint pains to migraines and arthritis—and even IBS and indigestion.

The magic lies in CBD’s ability to impact endocannabinoid receptor activity in our bodies. Without getting too wordy, our bodies come equipped with a system called the endocannabinoid system (ECS), which is the HBIC over our sleep, appetite, pain and immune system response. Also known as cannabidiol, CBD teams up with this system to help reduce inflammation and interact with neurotransmitters. According to Healthline, CBD has also been scientifically shown to impact the brain’s receptors for serotonin, the neurotransmitter responsible for regulating our mood and social behavior.

All that said, it’s important to note that not all CBD products are created equal. Many brands cashing in on the green beauty wave use hemp seed oil, sometimes referred to as cannabis sativa seed oil, in place of CBD... which doesn’t make them any less great! Hemp seed oil is actually high in antioxidants, amino acids, and omega-3 and -6 fatty acids—all of which are thebomb.com for your skin.

“It’s generally viewed as a superfood and is great for adding nutritional value to your diet,” Ashley Lewis, co-founder of Fleur Marché, told Well and Good last month. “In terms of skin care, it’s known as a powerful moisturizer and skin softener that doesn’t clog pores or contribute to oily skin.”

However, when companies start marketing CBD and hemp oil as one-in-the-same, that’s when things get a bit tricky.

“The biggest issue is that hemp seed oil and CBD are two totally different compounds that come from different parts of the hemp plant, have different makeups, and different benefits,” Lewis added. “Marketing them as the same thing just isn’t accurate and does a disservice to consumers who are expecting certain benefits that they won’t get from hemp seed oil and who are often paying more for what they think is CBD.”

So if you’re looking to benefit from the perks specifically attributed to CBD, make sure you’re reading labels before buying, and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Hell, ask for a product’s test results, while you’re at it. It never hurts to be sure.

Now that we’ve got that out of the way, are you ready to see what all the hype is about? For this 4/20, we rounded up a few CBD (and hemp!)-infused products to help give your self-care routine a bit of a boost. Looks like your holiday just got that much kushier. You’re welcome!

Note: Data and regulations surrounding CBD and its use are still in development. That said, please don’t take anything written in this post as medical or legal advice, and definitely double check the laws in your state. Also, please do your body a favor and hit up your doctor before trying any new supplements. We’re just tryna look out for you. Okay? Okay. Read on.

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