Top 5 Hip Hop Producers Who Are Legendary Stoners
By Justin May for Loud News Net
Producers are often the unsung heroes of hip-hop. A song may have questionable lyrics, but if the beat is knocking, all else falls by the wayside. The ability to bring melody to life is truly a creative achievement. One that cannabis has absolutely played a part in. Throughout hip-hop history, rappers have typically been tagged with the stoner label, while producers tend to fade into the background. Ask around the industry though, and you’ll find producers are as likely to indulge in cannabis as the rappers they’re dropping beats for. So we want to ask who are the Top 5 Hip Hop producers that are also stoners?
The creativity that flows through artists also exists in the production chair. A carefully placed snare or hi-hat can turn a mediocre track into a classic. It’s no surprise that producers have turned to weed for decades to further spark creativity, and relieve the stress of working with high caliber artists.
Let’s take a look at our Top 5 hip hop producers who are also legendary stoners.
1. Dr. Dre
King of the Chronic
No conversation about weed and hip-hop can occur without paying homage to the man who made “The Chronic” a household name, Dr. Dre. Considered by most to be the pinnacle of west coast hip-hop, “The Chronic” brought G-Funk and a particular strain of Cali bud to the mainstream. From the album title to cover, which mimics the Zig-Zag sign, “The Chronic” cemented Dr. Dre as a legendary stoner, both as an MC and as a producer. Just for good measure, Dr. Dre added “The Chronic” on all streaming services on 4/20/2020 for fans both new and old to enjoy.
2. DJ Muggs
Another west coast heavyweight, DJ Muggs is best known as the main producer for one the greatest hip-hop groups (and avid stoners), Cypress Hill. The groups frontman, B-Real, has dabbled in the cannabis industry for almost a decade now. Naturally making Muggs transition into the space a no brainer. Muggs has gone from crafting stoner anthems such as “Dr. Greenthumb” to working in the industry as a cannabis advocate. Muggs is currently an active participant on the International Cannabis Business Conference, traveling the world to speak on behalf of minorities in the cannabis industry. He is also an advocate for its recreational and medicinal use.
3. Mike Dean
Mike Dean is a sleeper pick. Chronically underrated throughout this career, Dean has worked with everyone from Kanye West to 2Pac, all while remaining relevant over the course of 3 decades. His ability to float across generations is a direct product of his diverse skill set. Originally credited as one of the pioneers of Houston’s rap scene, Dean has evolved and expanded his skillset, all while remaining under the radar. One thing most fans definitely may not know about Dean however, is his affinity for ganja. Urban legends of Dean’s smoking process have grown with time, like once going blunt for blunt with Snoop Dogg himself. Mike Dean is a true pioneer in hip-hop, and a natural born stoner to match.
4. The Alchemist
Known for dark, moody production, Alchemist’s music is almost tailor made for blunt smokers. One of the driving forces behind Mobb Deep’s sound, as well as countless other hip-hop stoners such as Curren$y, Alchemist’s legacy as a producer is set in stone. Listen to a Mobb Deep album and you’re bound to hear The Alchemist’s influence, from gritty snares to the haze inducing samples. It’s almost as if every beat is made with a puff of paranoid weed smoke in mind. And in case you were wondering which strain gives Alch his creative push, he’s admitted Girl Scout Cookies to be the culprit. It’s no surprise he was once a protégé of DJ Muggs.
5. DJ Paul & Juicy J
Three 6 Mafia has seen a renaissance in recent years. Their music, once deemed too underground and unpolished for mainstream consumption, has now been sampled over and over from Billboard chart topping hits to mixtapes cuts. Despite the new found celebrity of their catalogue, not much has changed for two of the most influential producers in the game. DJ Paul & Juicy J entered the rap game spitting dark tales of both drug distribution and consumption. Their willingness to go all out has paid off in the long run, as today’s superstars such as Wiz Khalifa have paid homage to these legends including a Juicy J mixtape named after a specific strain, “Blue Dream & Lean”.
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