Before the 1990s, society rarely saw smoking marijuana as a cool thing to do. Everything changed with the release of Cypress Hill’s debut album, which featured rap songs about weed and a ganja leaf on the cover.
The following year, Dr. Dre released his debut album, The Chronic. The artwork was inspired by the design of Zig-Zag rolling papers, while the name originated from a slang term for potent marijuana.
Many rappers on our list have enjoyed the numerous benefits of cultivating weed at home with autoflowering cannabis seeds and other varieties. These fast growing strains are ready for harvest quicker than you can rap most of these songs.
Ready to discover the best cannabis-related lyrics of all time? Let’s go.
Top 10 Stoner Rap Songs
In 1992, Redman released the song “How to Roll a Blunt,” produced by Pete Rock. On the track, he gives listeners tips about rolling a blunt and offers advice about smoking it.
Studies show that 45% of 1990s rap lyrics featured drug references, compared to just a handful of songs from the previous decade.
What are the best examples of famous lyrics that include rapping about weed? Here are our top ten selections:
1. “Pass That Dutch” by Missy Elliot
Missy Elliot started as half of the R&B duo Sista during the 1990s. She later joined Swing Mob with her friend and long-term collaborator, Timbaland.
After releasing her first solo album in 1996, Elliot had success with hits like “Work It,” “Get Ur Freak On,” and “Gossip Folks.” In 2003, she gave us “Pass That Dutch” from the album This is Not A Test.
She’s on our list for having this iconic chorus:
“Pass that dutch, pass that dutch
Pass that dutch, pass that dutch
Pass that dutch, come on, pass the dutch, baby.”
2. “High All the Time” by 50 Cent
50 Cent was born in Queens, New York City. Things started going his way in 2002 when he released a mixtape noticed by Eminem. His first major label release was Get Rich Or Die Tryin’.
The album was hugely successful and gave us the famous track, “High All the Time.” Here are some of the lyrics:
“Give me some dro, purple haze, and some chocolate
Give me a Dutch and a lighter; I’ll spark shit.”
Get Rich or Die Tryin’ was a massive hit and made 50 Cent one of the most successful artists of the 2000s.
3. “America’s Most Blunted” by Madvillain ft. Quasimoto
The hip-hop duo Madvillain, composed of rapper MF DOOM and producer Madlib, released Madvillainy in 2004.
Among many other fan favorites was the song “America’s Most Blunted.” The track is a lyrical masterpiece and includes various weed rap lyrics:
“DOOM nominated for the best rolled L’s
And they wondered how he dealt with stress so well
Wild guess? You could say he stay sedated
Some say buddha-ed, some say faded
Someday pray that he will grow a farm barn full
Recent research show it’s not so darn harmful.”
4. “How High” by Redman and Method Man
Many people know Redman and Method Man from the stoner movie How High. They’ve appeared on dozens of tracks together throughout the years and have many rap songs about weed.
Redman and Method Man first worked together on a Tupac track for his album All Eyez on Me in 1995. The same year they recorded the song “How High,” which features the following lyrics:
“(How high?) So high that I can kiss the sky
(How sick?) So sick that you can suck my dick.”
5. “I Got 5 On It” by Luniz
No list of weed rap songs is complete without Luniz. Formerly known as LuniTunes, the duo worked with Michael Marshall in 1995 to give us the legendary stoner anthem “I Got 5 On It.” Here are some of the song’s lyrics:
“Then, I roll a joint that’s longer than your extension
Cause I’ll be damned if you get high off me for free
F*ck that, you better bring your own shit chief
Wassup, don’t babysit that
You better pass the joint”
6. “I Can’t Wake Up” by KRS One
KRS One gave us one of the most imaginative raps about smoking weed. The song isn’t about consuming cannabis. Instead, it tells the story from the perspective of a blunt being smoked. The rapper features other members of the hip-hop community in his lyrics.
The song features many unique lines. Here’s an example:
“I’m dreaming about being a blunt
I’m running around, and I just can’t wake up, hah!”
7. “The Next Episode” by Dr. Dre ft. Snoop Dogg & Nate Dogg
The 1999 classic from rap legends Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg has one of the best outros from Nate Dogg:
“Hope you ready for the next episode
Smoke weed everyday.”
Many consider the album 2001 to be an incredibly influential work.
8. “Weed Song” by Bone Thugs-N-Harmony
Cleveland rap group Bone Thugs-N-Harmony has many songs and lyrics about smoking cannabis, but there’s nothing better than “Weed Song.” Here are some of the words:
“I remember being a little thug
Weed, really didn’t know what it was
Then I took a puff and I realized
I should always stay high.”
9. “I Wanna Get High” by Cypress Hill
Cypress Hill is famously connected to cannabis, but we found it hard to top the stoner classic “I Wanna Get High.” Here’s a snippet from the chorus:
“I want to get high, so high.”
10. “Because I Got High” by Afroman
This masterpiece from Afroman rounds off our list today. “Because I Got High” tells the story of his adventures after smoking marijuana. It’s one of the best rap songs about weed and deserves a listen:
“I was gonna clean my room until I got high
I was gonna get up and find the broom but then I got high
My room is still messed up and I know why (why man)?”
Up in Smoke
Did we miss any top-rated stoner rap songs? Many titles feature lyrics about smoking weed; we could spend ages listening to them all. What are your favorite lyrics about getting high?
Kyle Kushman is an American writer, educator, activist and award-winning cannabis cultivator and breeder specializing in veganic cultivation. He is a representative of Homegrown Cannabis CO company, has been a contributor for over 20 years, and has taught courses in advanced horticulture at Oaksterdam University in Oakland, California and across the United States. Kushman also hosts a cannabis podcast called “The Grow Show with Kyle Kushman”.