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Light Up These New Weed Rap Anthems

As much as we love “I Got 5 On It” and “How to Roll a Blunt,” dope new songs about weed come out all the time. To keep the 4/20 celebration going, here are some our favorite new weed rap anthems of the past 10 years. Some of these songs you can find on our 420 track Spotify playlist, while others aren’t available on the platform. So pack these tight and enjoy a mini-session

Curren$y, “Mary” (2013)

It’s really fun to rap, “Zooming/ In and/ Out of/ Lanes/ Booming/ A lil’/ U-G/ K,” when you’re off the shits. Trust me. Also, the Cortex sample is irresistible. It’s of course been done before, but when coupled wit Curren$y’s tranquil delivery, it sets the stage so smoothly. A good portion of Curren$y’s stuff is good to smoke to because it feels like you’re just having a chat with your bud as you guys get higher and higher. Even using a flow that’s markedly more tenacious than usual, Spitta still gets that feeling across on “Mary,” a standout off New Jet CityKhari Nixon

A$AP Rocky, “Purple Swag” (2011)

From his his debut mixtape, Live.Love.A$AP, “Purple Swag” is A$AP Rocky’s ultimate ode to weed. Talking to Complex about making the song, he explained he was “in a small closet” and, “I was getting high. I was high as a kite. On some purple drink, purple weed, shouts to this weed. It just felt so natural. Holy shit. I was in a world where everything was purple.” Purple is usually a fantastic weed, almost too pretty to put in a bong and smoke it. The video for the song is also pretty epic, too, and it’s been played over 42 million times! Whoa. Shout out to A$AP. Shout out to the color purple. And shout out to that closet. Joshua Albert Scott

 Pro Era, “School High” f. Dyemond Lewis, Nyck Caution, Kirk Knight and Joey Bada$$ (2012)

“To blaze or not to blaze that is the question/ First day of school late, already in suspension.” Coming off of Pro Era’s 2012 tape P.E.E.P: The aPROcalypse, “School High” was one of the young Brooklyn crew’s most memorable early tracks and a Beast Coast anthem. Featuring lyrics from four of your future favorites, it features a smooth new school throwback beat by OG Swank. “School High” is a track that goes out to all the kids who were hiding bongs in their backpack and rolling up during eighth period calculus. –Lei Takanashi

Danny Brown, “Kush Coma” f. A$AP Rocky (2013)

Danny Brown linked up with A$AP Rocky to trade verses about just how stoned the two get for “Kush Coma” a song off the Detroit rapper’s album Old. The track captures that unmistakeable feeling when you realize you’ve probably taken perhaps one hit too many and need to figure out a way to climb out of your high. SKYWLKR’s arrhythmia-inducing production is far from chill, but it’s definitely authentic. Kyle Petreycik

Rick Ross, “Super High (Remix)” f. Wiz Khalifa and Curren$y (2010)

Rick Ross was one of the first rappers to recognize Wiz Khalifa and Curren$y, the weed rap favorites of the internet generation, on a traditional mainstream stage, so the remix to “Super High” will always be special to the young stoner hip hop head. But to be honest, neither one of these guests even need to appear on “Super High” to make it the perfect stoner track. The live instrumentation backing Ne-Yo’s chorus is enough to transplant anyone to that Miami balcony they dream of, blowing it down before a bike ride on Collins. Though no one’s complaining that these guys rapped, either. Also, fun fact: This song birthed the “Rozay” alias. KN

Freddie Gibbs, “Kush Cloud” f. SpaceGhostPurrp and Krayzie Bone (2012)

In 2012, Freddie Gibbs linked up with Carol City’s SpaceGhostPurrp and Krayzie Bone of the legendary Bone-Thugs-N-Harmony to bring us “Kush Cloud.” Over a transportive beat from SMKA, Gibbs cuts the pleasantries. telling it to us straight up, “Wanna kick it with me, you better bring weed over.” The song is a vital link between several generations of weed and rap enthusiasts, as kush fully eclipsed chronic as the genericized strain of choice to reference. Gibbs would later link up with Madlib and Danny Brown in 2014 to bring us “High” off Piñata, another weed anthem in its own right. –KP

Styles P, “Blow Your Mind” (2007)

A lonely stoner anthem. I know quite a few people who can only smoke in social settings; they equate smoking alone with being depressed or being clinically unable to interact with the outside world. The truth is, some of the greatest, most profound thoughts come as a result of a lonely stoner session. And if you’re all about getting more in tune with your self, it might be an activity of interest to you. When that time comes, allow “Blow Ya Mind” to be the soundtrack. KN

Ratking, “Remove Ya” (2014)

The New York underground hip hop group Ratking knows all too well about dealing with cops when high.  “Remove Ya” off of their 2014 debut album So It Goes covers one of much less fun possibilities that come with getting stoned. DJ Sporting Life’s intense production flips Sanchez’s reggae jam “One in a Million,” which Harlem’s Diplomats famously used on the Heatmakerz-produced “Dipset Anthem.” (Anthems on anthems!) On “Remove Ya,” Ratking lyricists Wiki and Hak recount their stop-and-frisk experiences with the NYPD. The sample at the start of the song is actual audio from a stop-and-frisk interaction in Harlem. In 2013, the NYCLU found that more than 5000 people were arrested on marijuana charges in 2012 under the stop-and-frisk program. Although marijuana possession under 25 grams is now a noncriminal offense in New York, stop-and-frisk still affects many New Yorkers today. LT

Chance the Rapper, “Smoke Break” f. Future (2016)

Chance innovates again with a domestic weed anthem, tracking the changing role of cannabis in his relationship with his girl as they both mature and life demands more from them. From cracking blunts together to cracking each other’s backs when tour life and parent life are too much, as Chance says, “We way too young to get old.” Semi-tender Future also makes an appearance to talk about getting an icepack for his partner’s sore neck and to maybe shade Ciara about calling his mother a whore. Whatever, it doesn’t totally fuck up the vibe. So is this what everyone means when they keep talking about self-care? –Eric Ducker

 

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