Legendary Hip-Hop Stoners & Their Modern Day Comparisons
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By Justin May
The relationship between hip-hop and cannabis is well-documented. From the days of Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg sippin’ gin & juice and sharing joints, to the more sophisticated stoner culture of today, marijuana has always gone hand-in-hand with the music and the lifestyle surrounding it.
Although the use of marijuana in hip hop was once frowned upon, the culture continued to embrace the plentiful plant and help remove the stigma around it, bringing together fans of all cultures and backgrounds.
A large portion of this shift in the culture is due to the artists creating the music and promoting the lifestyle. From the Golden Era of 90’s and even further back, into the present, stoner rappers have continued to grow and evolve, while new artists come in and carry the torch. Check out how new artists stack up to some of the legendary stoners of hip-hop past.
Wiz Khalifa : Snoop Dogg
What better place to start than with the OG stoner rapper of them all? Snoop Doggy Dogg himself. Stepping into the spotlight on his mentor Dr. Dre’s solo album, “The Chronic”, it’s only right that Snoop’s first major look came on an album titled after his favorite pastime. Throughout the years Snoop has established himself as a mainstay in both hip-hop and the cannabis world, from TV appearances to partnering with brands, he’s done his part to put his stamp on the culture.
Though Wiz Khalifa had put several notable projects prior, it wasn’t until 2010’s “Kush & OJ” that the general public really began to take notice of the Pittsburgh MC. Much like Snoop’s big push, Wiz’s entry into pop culture also occurred on an album named after the artists’ favorite weed strain. Wiz has proven to be the perfect successor to Snoop’s throne.
Smoke DZA & Curren$y : Redman & Method Man
As the breakout star of the Wu-Tang Clan, Method Man has always been known for his charisma and ability to remain cool, calm, and collected no matter the pressure. Conversely, Redman experienced early solo success through an energetic delivery and a rare urgency to his rhymes. Though the two boasted very different styles, their love of weed is what brought them together.
Much like Method & Red, Curren$y & Smoke DZA come from very different perspectives. Curren$y, a New Orleans native, has used his laidback drawl and affinity for fresh kicks to sustain a loyal fan base over the years. Hailing from New York City, Smoke DZA shares similar qualities to Curren$y in a few ways, with his own brand of laidback, boom-bap raps. The two draw comparisons to Method & Red as their collaborations continuously yield dope rhymes over dope music and a laid back vibe, perfect for smoking to.
Cam’ron : Dave East
Purple Haze. Although this strain was known as a popular Sativa for years, it was Harlem’s own Cam’ron who brought it mainstream visibility by following in the footsteps of Dr. Dre and naming an entire album after his favorite choice of smoke. Combined with his flair for pink and purple clothing, Cam’ron’s raps about blowing purple clouds cemented him as a stoner legend.
Fairly new to the rap game, Dave East has made it very clear he loves a few things: his beloved city of Harlem, his daughter, and weed. Check out a Dave East project and you’re bound to hear several rhymes about his favorite strain, Gelato. Between the Harlem connection, and a flair for branding strains with their lyrics, East & Cam’ron are a match made in haze heaven.
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