10 Los Angeles Musicians Who Love Smoking Weed
By Daniel Kohn
For pot smokers across the globe, 4/20 is a day to unite behind the power of the ganja.
It’s a stoner’s paradise that has been embraced by many musicians in the L.A. music scene.
As an ode to 4/20, here are 10 local musicians who have been known to take a puff or two to clear their minds over the years.
At this point in the rapper’s storied career, it’s impossible to not associate him with the green stuff. Between last year’s film Resurrected that saw him travel to Jamaica and become a Rastafarian (and yes, smoke a ton of weed), Snoop has forever rapped about weed, best exemplified on “Smokin’ Smokin’ Weed” and “Gin and Juice.” In fact, you’d be hard pressed to find another musician who has his own line of G Pens.
With two solo albums called The Chronic and The Chronic 2001, it’s safe to say the good doctor is a fan of the green stuff. Songs like “The Next Episode” and the whole G-Funk movement enabled for weed-fueled anthems to hit the mainstream.
Though originally from Florida, the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Famer has become firmly entrenched in Los Angeles. When he’s not going down Ventura Blvd., he’s singing about rolling another joint like on 1995’s “You Don’t Know How it Feels” and 1993’s “Mary Jane’s Last Dance.”
He may have only moved here in the past few years, but the Iron City born rapper has made his presence felt by bringing stoner rap to the mainstream. Between songs like “Surface to Air,” “Young, Wild & Free” and “The Race,” Khalifa has enough music to listen for almost all of 4/20. Put that in your pipe and smoke it.
Despite only a few albums to their name, the Long Beach reggae outfit was known for singing about the laurels of being stoned. “Smoke Two Joints,” “Pass The Marijuana” and of course, “What I Got” cemented the group’s status as lovable stoners.
Making his home in Malibu, the bard is the OG of pot anthems. On “Rainy Day Women No. 12 & 35,” he gleefully sings that “everybody must get stoned.” Granted, that was 1966 when singing about marijuana had to be coded, but even so, based on his boisterous boasts, even in his 70s, Dylan can still party with the best of them.
Any time a band can roll songs like “Marijuana” and “Proud to Be a Stoner,” its pretty easy to see where they side on the issue of legalization.
Whether he knew it or not at the time, Harper wrote the frat boy anthem for smoking. In “Burn One Down,” he sings that “herb a gift from the earth” and “before you knock it, try it first/you’ll see it’s a blessing and not a curse.” Pretty cut and dry.
Between songs like “Hits From the Bong,” which featured actual bong sounds, and “Roll It Up, Light It Up, Smoke It Up,” Cypress Hill were at the forefront of the stoner rap movement. If that’s not enough, the quartet are also known for lighting up on stage, proving that life does imitate art.
One of the funkiest odes to weed, the late James wrote one of the most iconic tunes paying tribute to marijuana. In “Mary Jane,” he sings about his leading lady, who in fact, isn’t exactly a lady at all.