Rap and weed have always been really closely tied. I don’t know if rappers like to get stoned or if stoners like to rap, but there is definitely a strong connection there. Like with science or something. I can’t think of a really famous rapper who doesn’t have a couple songs about weed. And I have definitely seen all of my stoner friends bust out freestyles like its nothing. Can’t explain it, just something that’s always made sense.
But I don’t give a fuck about history, I’m here to talk about the present, and also the future. Stoner rap has been more in the forefront of popular music in recent years, due to hugely successful albums by dudes like Wiz Khalifa, Kid Cudi, and Mac Miller, who built their entire image out of being guys who smoke tons of weed, and probably have more songs about getting high than songs. I’ve always thought were pretty ‘eh’. Wiz can’t really ever keep my attention, despite usually pretty dope expensive beats, I only like Cudi on songs with Kanye, and Mac Miller is clearly for the high school girls/frat bros, never expected to be into it. There are a bunch of other dudes doin pretty similar stuff, but couldn’t really get into any of them :/
Only dude in this group I could really fuck with was Curren$y, totally solid.
But there’s a new group of stoner rappers coming up that I could definitely fuck with! The type of dudes who probably love Cudi and Drake, but don’t want to be boring as fuck/sad and are more interested in getting fucked up and having chill times than getting fucked up and crying to their girlfriends. Here’s some of the main dudes that should be huge for stoners/rap fans in 2012.
Probably my least favorite song of his, but this video is almost too ridiculous to the point that I can’t tell if he’s serious or not. He was in a bathtub filled with money watching two girls make out. ASAP Rocky must be 100% about his hoes and money and weed. Got his priorities straight for sure. This dude released a solid album that was one degree away from being too chill to party to, with a bunch of hypnotic beats and shit, perfect for smoking tons of weed, getting drunk, making mistakes, etc. Found him from Big Ghost, who described it as Wiz Khalifa with talent and dignity, which makes a ton of sense. And if this newer song is any indication, dude will be a lot more hype in 2012, which is just what he needed. He’ll blow up easy, you’ll be hearin him in poorly lit basements for a long time.
I always thought Kendrick was right at ‘solid’ but he is pretty much the next big name in hip hop. His album comes out in like March and like 70% of rap dudes are already on his dick. I guess he doesn’t even smoke weed, but he’s got the style, beats, flow, and right friends to be the next go to guy for burn-outs. Dude is conscious as fuck, but I’m sure half of his fans didn’t even notice, they just heard ‘high’ in the song title and started smoking. The other half will respect him as ‘real’ hip hop, so he really can do no wrong. He’s one single away from blowing up, expect all your political stoner friends to get really into his shit this year. I just hope he has another song with sweet trumpets, but either way you should be hearing a lot more of his weird voice.
I thought Kendrick was gonna be the huge name for rap stoners this year, but then this dude stepped the fuck up. He’s the least popular of the dudes I brought up, but this is the only certifiable single out of all of them. Shit is a jam, no doubt. I’ll be surprised when I don’t hear this blasting at stoner parties for the next two years. Even got Rocky bro on there, and his name should have it blow up a little faster. Hoping he and Kendrick take notes and throw in some more bangers with their mellow shit, they’ll need to to really get a huge audience of white people. Dude’s latest mixtape is dope too, great combo of chill and hype, totally marketable. He might have to wait until 2013, but this dude is gonna run shit soon.
This whole group is definitely a step up from the let’s-be-sad-and-emotional type of hip hop I was afraid was gonna take hold soon. Gonna go ahead and thank Common for that. They got some songs for hoes and shit too, but no one’s really perfect. Mix this stuff with the slightly ignant, new Kanye records, and 2012 is looking like some fun times before hip-hop becomes totally sad and conscious and ‘real’ in 2014 :(