Afroman Updates “Because I Got High” To Promote Marijuana Legalization


Of all the one hit wonders that have come and gone over the last fifteen years, none have been able to ride the success of their lone masterpiece for as long as the ever-popular Afroman. “Because I Got High” was an anthem for those who loved weed more than responsibility when it first came out, and now – thanks to a new remix – the song has a good shot at winning over an entire new generation of pot smoking music fans.

The ‘positive’ remix of “Because I Got High” had its world premiere on Billboard earlier today. The song, which features the original beat and chorus accompanied by all new verses, was created as part of a partnership with green-friendly non-profit lobbying organization Norml and Weedmaps (known in some circles as ‘the Yelp of weed dispensaries’). Instead of talking about all the things he didn’t do because of marijuana, Afroman raps about how the medicinal aspects of the plant allowed him to fight off disease and clean his room. He even decides to go back to school. You know why? (Why Man!) Because he got high. Check it out:

“There’s a line about anxiety and Xanax and no longer needing to take presciption pills, and marijuana being a substitute for alcohol, money going to building schools in Colorado, funding drug treatment in Washington,” says Sabrina Fendrick, director of strategic partnerships at Norml. “Every single verse in this song is accurate and can be corroborated by research.”

Afroman said he had been in touch with Norml since 2006 or 2007. “They’ve been educating me and giving me information,” he tells Billboard. “I got on a conference call with Sabrina, who enlightened me about some things: how states benefit from money raised from it, and how Colorado and Washington have money for drug treatment. There’s hope now, so I’m intrigued. This is a free track for education helping the legalization of marijuana.”

I actually owned the Afroman album that featured “Because I Got High,” but the way I discovered the song is through Jay And Silent Bob Strike Back. The new version is certainly positive, but it just doesn’t grab me the way the original did. Could it be the lack of profanity and ridiculousness? Possibly. Comment below and let us know your thoughts on the track.

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