Because I Got High
|"Because I Got High"|
|Single by Afroman|
|from the album Because I Got High and The Good Times|
|Released||July 30, 2001|
|Genre||Comedy hip hop|
|Length||5:10 (album version)
3:19 (radio version)
|Afroman singles chronology|
"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.
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.
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. This song was the theme song of the film Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back and was later featured in the films Disturbia, A Thousand Words, and The Perfect Score.
In December 2001, a Connecticut teenager named Matthew Fournier was ordered to listen to the song and write a report about it as punishment for possession of marijuana. After the success of this single, Afroman was signed to Universal Records.
All songs written and composed by Joseph Foreman.
|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|
Afroman re-recorded the song with new lyrics for his 2009 album Frobama Head of State. A second re-recording of the song, called the "Positive Remix," was released by Afroman through YouTube on October 15, 2014 as part of a collaboration with Weedmaps and NORML. In contrast to the original version, the lyrics of this version deal with the positive effects of marijuana legalization.
BBC Radio 1 DJ Chris Moyles recorded a parody under the pseudonym "Afro-Blair" featuring Jon Culshaw and another impressionist singing 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.
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.
|Australia (ARIA)||2× Platinum||140,000^|
|Austria (IFPI Austria)||Platinum||40,000*|
|New Zealand (RMNZ)||Platinum||10,000*|
|Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)||Gold||20,000^|
|United Kingdom (BPI)||Platinum||600,000|
|United States (RIAA)||Platinum||1,000,000^|
*sales figures based on certification alone
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