It’s officially April 20th, aka 4/20, which means it’s national Weed, Marijuana or Pot Day. Whatever you wanna call it, most of us use it as a day to celebrate our favorite plant and get high with our friends.
One of the essentials for any smoke session is music, so we’ve compiled some of our favorite marijuana anthems of all-time.
As a disclaimer, our staff has chosen cuts from the hey day of hip-hop, as well as a few classics from even earlier. So, if your favorite smoker’s cut is not included, please let us know in the comments, so everyone can add it to their playlists.
“How High” – Method Man and Redman
Album: How High Soundtrack
This 1995 cut appeared on Method Man & Redman’s collaborative album, The Show, and has been in the rotation of veteran pot smokers ever since. Produced by EPMD’s Erick Sermon, it features a sample of the classic 1975 disco track, “Fly Robin Fly”, by Silver Convention. One of our favorite lyrics on the song comes from Redman, when he spits: “Look up in the sky, it’s a bird, it’s a plane/ It’s the funk doctor spock smokin buddha on a train/ How high? So high that I can kiss the sky/ (Up, up to the sky!)”
“The Next Episode” – Dr. Dre ft. Snoop Dogg & Nate Dogg
How can you not add a song that ends with, “Hey-ay-ay-ay! Smoke weed every day!” Nate Dogg gives us the best advice here, as fans of Dre’s West Coast G-Funk sound bob their heads to a song about “California love” and “California bud”. For those that don’t know, Dre sampled David McCallum/David Axlrod’s “The Edge”… and today, it’s a classic.
I Got 5 on It – The Luniz
Album: Operation Stackola
Before buying ounces or quarter-pounds of weed at a time, some of us could only afford a dime bag or a 20 sack. And, Bay Area veterans The Luniz created a song they could relate to… way back in 1995 called “I Got 5 On It”. This song was in rotation all summer when it was released and became the background for almost any smoke session. It appeared on the duo’s best-selling album, Operation Stackola, which eventually went platinum. This has to be our favorite line: “I’m gone, beatin my chest like King Kong / It’s on, wrap my lips around a 40 / And when it comes to get another stogie / Fools all kick in like Shinobi.”
“Hits from the Bong” – Cypress Hill
Album: Black Sunday
There is no marijuana list with hip-hop’s pioneering weed group, Cypress Hill. Their 1993 album, Black Sunday, is arguably one of the best marijuana-inspired albums of all time, and while cuts like “I Wanna Get High” and “Legalize It” stand out, “Hits From The Bong” is our favorite and the favorite of many others. On it, frontman B-Real raps about what it’s like smoking weed from a bong, over a mellow sample of Dusty Springfield’s 1969 classic, “Son of a Preacher Man” that actually includes the sound of the water bubbling in a bong, as someone takes a fat hit.
“I like a blunt or a big fat cone / But my double barrel bong is gettin me stoned / Home skillet, There’s water inside don’t spill it / It smells like sh*t on the carpet,” he raps.
“Smoke Two Joints” – Sublime
Album: 40 Oz. To Freedom
Sublime’s library is full of classics, but when it comes to smoking weed, “Smoke Two Joints” off their 1992 album, 40oz. to Freedom, is it. It serves as the perfect soundtrack for Cali stoners, who also love to skateboard or surf or ride a beach cruiser down by the coast. “I smoke two joints a dime a piece, and two the time before / I smoke two joints before I smoke two joints / And then I smoke two more,” Bradley Nowell sings on the hook.
“Mary Jane” – Rick James
Album: Come Get It!
The late Rick James loved to party, and was telling us all about how much he loved weed way before any rappers did. That’s why his 1978 classic, “Mary Jane”, is likely a song that crosses all genres, whether you love rock music or hip-hop. He paved the way for countless marijuana-inspired hits to follow.