#Afroman, “Because I Got High” (2001)
AFROMAN TALKS TO US ABOUT THE HIS SIGNATURE HIT—THE INSPIRATION, THE RECORDING, AND THE BETTER POT HE CAN BUY AS A RESULT—IN OUR EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW
What It Was
: The little stoner anthem that could, snowballing (thanks to a couple high-profile movie features) from a cult favorite to a legitimate pop smash. "Because I Got High" viewed marijuana usage not as a recreational activity, but as a soul-crushing, life-destroying affliction—costing Afroman his job, his freedom, his girlfriend, his room's cleanliness, and the use of his legs—though Afroman still seemed pretty positive about the whole thing (as did his friends cackling in the background), and it actually made your life getting turned to shit by getting high sound pretty goddamn fun, improbably becoming one of the feel-good, singalong anthems of the early '00s.
What Happened Next
: To the surprise of few, Afroman's toke proved to be a one-hitter, and though further tales of extended debauchery like "Crazy Rap
" developed a mild cult following, "Beacuse I Got High" remains his defining statement as a legitimate force in popular culture.
Where Are They Now?
: Afroman, real name Joseph Edgar Foreman, continues to put out albums regularly, and made an appearance at the 2010 Gathering of the Juggalos, safe haven to all those more preoccupied with ingesting alternate substances than becoming a part of polite society. Never afraid of being pigeonholed, Foreman released an album this year entitled Marijuana Music
, featuring such titles as "Do For Bud," "High on the Highway," and of course, "I Smoke Weed."