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Smoke One for Tupac Shakur on the 20th Anniversary of His Death

On this day twenty years ago, Tupac Shakur passed away after a six-day struggle to recover from gunshot wounds he suffered in Las Vegas. Shakur’s legacy of thought-provoking lyricism and social awareness has lived on through his incredible catalog of work, including timeless albums and starring roles in classic films like Juice and Poetic Justice. […] Thanks to marijuana.com

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highTunes: Perfect Weed Pairings for System of a Down, Danny Brown, and KAYTRANADA

System of a Down’s 2001 opus Toxicity was remarkably ahead of its time, not just musically but politically as well. The songwriting of Serj Tankian and Daron Malakian forces you to use you to use your brain, something that proves to be wildly difficult while you viciously headbang your way through the beautifully chaotic 44-minute […] Thanks to marijuana.com

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Marijuana in Music

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“See I think drugs have done some good things for us. I really do. And if you don’t believe that drugs have done good things for us, do me a favor and go home tonight and take all your albums, all your tapes and all your CDs and burn them. Because you know what, the musicians that have made all that great music that’s
enhanced your life throughout all the years were reeaaaal f*cking high on drugs.” -Bill Hicks

Music and Marijuana, it’s like peanut butter and jelly. Some things just go great together.  Musicians have been writing songs about cannabis for years. And it transcends all genres, too. Country, rap, rock, metal, blues, there are fans to be found everywhere, except maybe opera (although it may enhance the fan experience).  Why does this matter?  Some of the most outspoken members of society who are in favor of legalizing marijuana are musicians.  The most famous event for music and cannabis was, of course, Woodstock.  That began a grand tradition of music festivals that continue to this day. The most recent event was the San Bernadino SmokeOut, sponsored by Cypress Hill, and featuring many other bands who believe in the power of the leaf.  But what do these bands have to say about it? Pop on an album and listen to them.

Cypress Hill has written numerous songs about marijuana, how much they love it, when they smoke it, and why they smoke it.  One track, “K.U.S.H.” off their latest album Rise Up is all about a specific strain, and why they like that one more than the others.
K.U.S.H keeps us so high
the more I smoke, the higher I get
the better I feel, I can’t quit
One reason they love it, it brings people together.  Everybody is down with Cypress Hill, “Snoop Dogg and Dre are down with us/ Cheech and Chong they’re down with us.”  And so are Willie Nelson, Bruce Willis, Halle Berry, Dave Chapelle, and Dionne Warwick.  It is a uniter, not a divider; how could smoking it be wrong?

Sublime’s “Smoke Two Joints” (written by The Toyes in 1983, not Bob Marley) is one of the most famous pro-marijuana songs of all time.  Why not, “I smoke two joints in the afternoon, it makes me feel alright.”  Some will argue, it can’t be good because drugs killed Bradley Nowell, Sublime’s original lead singer.  It wasn’t marijuana that killed him; it was heroin.  Hard drugs have killed many musicians, but not one has overdosed on cannabis.

Bands from the SmokeOut weren’t the first ones on the block singing about marijuana.  Black Sabbath, the godfather’s of Heavy Metal, were all about the “Sweet Leaf.”  That song really gets the introspective properties of smoking. 
When I first met you, didn’t realize
I can’t forget you, for your surprise
you introduced me, to my mind
And left me wanting, you and your kind

I love you, Oh you know it

My life was empty, forever on a down
Until you took me, showed me around
My life is free now, my life is clear
I love you sweet leaf, though you can’t hear

Come on now, try it out

Straight people don’t know, what you’re about
They put you down and shut you out
you gave to me a new belief
and soon the world will love you sweet leaf

Ozzy vocals capture all the positive aspects that people look for when medicating with marijuana.  It brings clarity of mind, and surety of self.  A life once so negative is now euphoric. And then he invites all the non-believers to try it out too.  Maybe it is something that the world could do with more of, open minds.

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