Back in 2000, California rapper/singer Afroman created the song, “Because I Got High,” an ode to his love for marijuana. And while it took more than a year and a co-sign from The Howard Stern Show for the song to get any recognition, it eventually blew up and turned into a huge hit. It earned Afroman a deal with Universal Records and later landed in movies like Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Disturbia, and A Thousand Words.
Afroman struggled to release a successful second single after the song dropped and, for the most part, he slipped into obscurity after the initial buzz surrounding “Because I Got High” wore off. But recently, he remade the song and re-released it with some help from the online marijuana community Weedmaps. But this time, instead of singing about being a slacking stoner who can’t get his life together, Afroman vouches for the benefits of weed on “Because I Got High (Positive Remix)” and sings about why weed should be legalized.
And that got us to thinking: Which other artists should ride that same wave? There are obviously a lot of rappers and singers who openly endorse smoking in their songs (and on Instagram!). So why don’t they join Afroman in vouching for it in an official capacity? Here are 10 artists who should campaign for marijuana legalization—along with some ideas for how they should go about doing it. Who’s up for it? —Chris Yuscavage