Because I Got High (song)

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"Because I Got High"
Single by Afroman
from the album Because I Got High and The Good Times
Released 2001
Format CD single
Recorded 2000
Genre Comedy hip hop
Length 5:10 (album version)
3:19 (radio version)
Label Columbia, T-Bones
Writer(s) Afroman
Producer(s) Afroman, Headfridge
Afroman singles chronology
"Because I Got High"
(2001)
"Crazy Rap"
(2001)
Music sample
This article is about the song. For the album of the same name, see Because I Got High (album).

"Because I Got High" is a song by American rapper Afroman from his album of the same name. The lyrics of the song describe how cannabis use is degrading the narrator's quality of life. The song, which was written in only a few minutes, rose from obscurity to popularity after it was circulated around the Internet and was featured on a radio show.

Overview[edit]

The song explains how the narrator has forgotten to clean his room, failed his college class (which he plans to take next semester), sold dope (after losing his job), missed court dates, had his paycheck garnished due to missed child support payments, gambled away his car payment, is left masturbating after not having sex with his girlfriend, became a paraplegic as the result of a police chase, lost his family (including his wife and children), had messed up his "entire life", and is now homeless "because [he] got high" - he ultimately decides to end the song, and states that he is "singing the whole thing wrong, because [he is] high". After this, Afroman mentions his name and birthplace (East Palmdale), says the tumbleweed he smokes is "bomb as hell" and then says he does not believe in Hitler (this line is actually an interpolation of John Lennon's song "God"). The music video was directed by Kevin Smith and featured Jay and Silent Bob smoking with Afroman, a cameo by 'Beer Man' as well as a glimpse of the Quick Stop where Clerks was filmed.

Reception[edit]

Afroman released his album Because I Got High in 2000; he distributed it mainly through concerts. The title track was soon posted on file-sharing service Napster and made it to The Howard Stern Show.[1] This song was the theme song of the film Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back[2] and was later featured in the films Disturbia, A Thousand Words, and The Perfect Score.

In December 2001, a Connecticut teenager Matthew Fournier was ordered to listen to the song and write a report about it as punishment for possession of marijuana.[3] After the success of this single, Afroman was signed to Universal Records.[1]

On the album Mobilize by punk band Anti-Flag, after several minutes of silence on the album's end track, a friend of the band called Spaz can be heard singing parts of the song with Anti-Flag.

Track listings[edit]

All songs written and composed by Joseph Foreman

CD single
No. Title Length
1. "Because I Got High" (Afrolicious Edit) 3:18
2. "Let's All Get Drunk"   5:43
3. "Back On The Bus"   5:43
4. "Because I Got High" (Afropulco Gold & Dirty) 3:18

Parody[edit]

Bob Rivers included a Christmas-themed version, Be Claus I Got High, on the 2002 album White Trash Christmas, the fifth in Rivers's line of Christmas parody albums.

In 2006, talk show host Randi Rhodes introduced a parody of the song on her show in which a singer imitating the voice of George W. Bush sings about things that happened in Bush's life.

BBC Radio 1 DJ Chris Moyles recorded a parody under the pseudonym "Afro-Blair" featuring Jon Culshaw and another impressionist signing in the guise of the serving Prime Minister Tony Blair, then Leader of the Opposition William Hague and former Prime Ministers John Major and Margaret Thatcher.[4]

Three lead characters of the Turkish TV serial Leyla ile Mecnun sing a Turkish version of the song at the end of Episode 17, which was shot sometime in spring or summer of 2011 in Istanbul. The title of the Turkish version is 'Bu Kiza Kadar' (Until This Girl), and the theme is how the lives of the three characters have changed after they met their respective girlfriends.

2009 version[edit]

Afroman rerecorded the song with new lyrics for his new album Frobama Head of State.

"Because I Got High" Positive Remix[edit]

A positive remix was released on the 15th of October 2014 on YouTube as part of a collaboration with Weedmaps and NORML. In the remix Afroman raps about some of the positive side effects of the legalization of marijuana (taxation of marijuana sales, users do not have to buy from gangs etc.).[5]

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2001) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[6] 1
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[7] 1
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[8] 1
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[9] 3
Denmark (Tracklisten)[10] 1
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[11] 6
France (SNEP)[12] 2
Germany (Media Control Charts)[13] 1
Ireland (IRMA)[14] 1
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[15] 6
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[16] 1
Norway (VG-lista)[17] 1
Romania (Romanian Top 100)[18] 35
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[19] 3
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[20] 2
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[21] 1
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[22] 17
US Billboard Hot 100[23] 13
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[24] 40
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[25] 25
US Rap Songs (Billboard)[26] 19

Decade-end charts[edit]

Chart (2000–2009) Position
UK Singles Chart 71[27]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification
Belgium (BEA)[28] Platinum
Brazil (ABPD)[29] Platinum

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Nimmervoll, Ed (2008). "Afroman > Biography". allmusic. Retrieved 2009-03-27. 
  2. ^ D'Angelo, Joe (2001-08-27). "Afroman Living 'High' Life Thanks To Hit Single". MTV News. Retrieved 2009-03-27. 
  3. ^ D'Angelo, Joe (2001-12-21). "Teen Sentenced To Listen To Afroman 'Because He Got High'". MTV News. Retrieved 2009-03-27. 
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ "Afroman - "Because I Got High" Positive Remix". YouTube.com. Retrieved 15 October 2014. 
  6. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Afroman – Because I Got High". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved November 20, 2011.
  7. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Afroman – Because I Got High" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved November 20, 2011.
  8. ^ "Ultratop.be – Afroman – Because I Got High" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved November 20, 2011.
  9. ^ "Ultratop.be – Afroman – Because I Got High" (in French). Ultratop 50. Retrieved November 20, 2011.
  10. ^ "Danishcharts.com – Afroman – Because I Got High". Tracklisten. Retrieved November 20, 2011.
  11. ^ "Afroman: Because I Got High" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved November 20, 2011.
  12. ^ "Lescharts.com – Afroman – Because I Got High" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved November 20, 2011.
  13. ^ "Chartverfulgong > Afroman > Because I Got High – musicline.de" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH. Retrieved November 20, 2011.
  14. ^ "Chart Track: Week 42, 2001". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved November 20, 2011.
  15. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – week 41, 2001" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40 Retrieved November 20, 2011.
  16. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Afroman – Because I Got High". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved November 20, 2011.
  17. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Afroman – Because I Got High". VG-lista. Retrieved November 20, 2011.
  18. ^ Romanian peak at the Wayback Machine (archived December 9, 2004)
  19. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Afroman – Because I Got High". Singles Top 60. Retrieved November 20, 2011.
  20. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Afroman – Because I Got High". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved November 20, 2011.
  21. ^ "Archive Chart: 2001-10-27" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved November 20, 2011.
  22. ^ "Afroman Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Alternative Songs for Afroman. Retrieved November 20, 2011.
  23. ^ "Afroman Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Afroman. Retrieved November 20, 2011.
  24. ^ "Afroman Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for Afroman. Retrieved November 20, 2011.
  25. ^ "Afroman Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Pop Songs for Afroman. Retrieved November 20, 2011.
  26. ^ "Afroman > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved November 20, 2011. 
  27. ^ Radio 1 Chart of the Decade, as presented by Nihal on Tuesday 29th December 2009
  28. ^ "Ultratop − Goud en Platina – 2002". Ultratop & Hung Medien / hitparade.ch. 
  29. ^ "Brazilian single certifications – Afroman – Because I Got High" (in Portuguese). Associação Brasileira dos Produtores de Discos. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"Can't Get You Out of My Head" by Kylie Minogue
Australian ARIA Singles Chart number-one single
October 14, 2001 - October 28, 2001
Succeeded by
"Smooth Criminal" by Alien Ant Farm
UK Singles Chart number-one single
October 21, 2001 - November 10, 2001
Succeeded by
"Queen of My Heart" by Westlife