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Afroman in Daytona Beach, Florida, October 11, 2009
Background information
Birth name Joseph Edgar Foreman
Born (1974-07-28) July 28, 1974 (age 41)
South Central, California, United States
Genres Hip-hop, West Coast hip hop
Occupation(s) Rapper, musician, singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals, guitar, bass guitar, drums
Years active 1992–present
Labels Universal Motown, T-Bones
Notable instruments
Gibson EDS-1275, Fender Jazz Bass, Pearl Drums

Joseph Edgar Foreman (born July 28, 1974), better known by his stage name Afroman, is an American hip-hop recording artist and musician. He is best known for the hit single "Because I Got High" this song was inspired by an old friend Chloe Croley. He was nominated for a Grammy award in 2002.

He began his career in 8th Grade, when he began recording homemade songs and selling them to his classmates.[1] "The first tape I made was about my eighth-grade teacher," he once recalled. "She got me kicked out of school for sagging my pants, which was a big deal back then. So I wrote this song about her and it sold about 400 copies: it was selling to teachers, students, just about everybody. And I realized that, even though I wasn't at school, my song was at school, so in a way I was still there. All these people would come by my house just to give me comments about how cool they thought the song was."[2] Foreman also performed in his church at a young age, playing both the drums and guitar.[1]

Music career[edit]

In 1998, Afroman released his first album, My Fro-losophy; and later relocated to Hattiesburg, Mississippi,[1] where he met drummer Jody Stallone, keyboardist/bassist Darrell Havard, and producer Tim Ramenofsky (aka "Headfridge").

Ramenofsky produced and released Afroman's second album Because I Got High in 2000 on T-Bones Records; it was distributed primarily through concerts and the file-sharing service Napster before its title track was played on The Howard Stern Show. Afroman was inspired to write the song's lyrical content by his unwillingness to clean his room, and he ran with the idea of everyday tasks being derailed by drug use.[1] In late 2001, the song became a worldwide hit and was featured in the films Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, The Perfect Score, and Disturbia later in the 2000s. "Because I Got High" was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo Performance in 2002.[3]

After the single's success, Afroman joined the lineup of Cypress Hill's fall festival "Smoke Out" with the Deftones, Method Man, and others.[4] After this, Universal Records signed Afroman to a six-album deal, and Universal released The Good Times in 2001. The Good Times was a compilation of Afroman's first two albums and some new tracks.[1]

Afroman started releasing his music independently and mostly through the Internet in 2004,[1] and that year, he recorded Jobe Bells, which satirized traditional Christmas songs.[5]

Afroman was part of the 2010 Gathering of the Juggalos lineup.[6]

In October 2014, Afroman released a remix of his song "Because I Got High," to highlight the usefulness of marijuana as part of the fight to legalize its sale across the United States.


On February 17, 2015, Foreman was midway through his performance at a live music venue in Biloxi, Mississippi when he punched a woman in the face, knocking her down. [7] He was arrested and charged with assault and released on bond shortly thereafter.

Foreman's representative claimed that the act was a reactionary, involuntary reflex caused by the individual irritatingly infringing upon his stage space. He also stated that Foreman mistook the individual for someone who had been heckling him. Foreman has since publicly apologized and is actively seeking anger-management therapy.[8][9]


Main article: Afroman discography


  1. ^ a b c d e f Nimmervoll, Ed (2008). "Afroman Biography". allmusic. Retrieved 2009-03-27. 
  2. ^ Afroman | Gratis muziek, tourneedata, foto's, video's. Retrieved on 2011-10-30.
  3. ^ Evans, Rob (January 4, 2002). "Grammy nominees led by U2, India.Arie, Alicia Keys". LiveDaily. Retrieved 2009-03-27. 
  4. ^ Schumacher-Rasmussen, Eric (September 28, 2001). "Cypress Hill's Oakland Smoke Out Bumped By A's". MTV News. Retrieved 2009-03-27. 
  5. ^ "For The Record: Quick News On Jessica Simpson, Ashlee Simpson, Snoop, Good Charlotte, Afroman, Chingy & More". MTV News. October 28, 2004. Retrieved 2009-03-27. 
  6. ^ GOTJ 2011:::Buy Tickets Now!. Retrieved on 2011-10-30.
  7. ^ Afroman Punches girl YouTube Retrieved 26 February 2015.
  8. ^ Afroman punches woman during performance at a Biloxi nightclub WLOX News. Retrieved 18 February 2015.
  9. ^ Afroman apologizes for incident TIME News. Retrieved 18 February 2015.

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