Top 10 Weed Types (According to Rappers)

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Published on April 20, 2010 with 21 Comments">21 Comments

Hip-hop’s relationship with marijuana can never be overstated. Many rappers have lent their lyrics towards praising the benefits of the ganja since rap’s inception. As any dedicated smoker will tell you, there’s as much variety in weed as there is in wine. So, what are the best brands of sticky icky, according to hip-hop? We decided to investigate.

We here at the TRU research facility devised a scientific formula to determine the most dominant brand of sticky icky in hip-hop. We compiled a list of 30 classic smoke anthems, sieved the lyrics and tallied every reference to a specific type of weed.

First, Some Fun Facts

Before you proceed to the actual list, here’s some other fun facts we discovered.

Blunts are the most popular method of smoking weed among rappers. While various brands of suitable cigars are mentioned (The obvious Phillies to White Owl, Black ‘n Mild and many others) around a third of the sogs clearly mention blunts as the preferred cough-inducer. See Redman’s instructional video underneath for further reference.

Cocaine is still scorned as an additive by most. Opinions against adding Colombian nose medicine to a blunt are still commonly and strongly voiced. Not much has changed in that field since the Beastie Boys-sampling Pato Banton; “I do not sniff the coke, I only smoke the sensamilla”.

And now (*drum roll) for the main event. Here’s the Top 10 Brands of Weed According to Rappers

10. Ganja – Jamaica’s product ranked surprisingly low, perhaps it’s more a reggae than a rap thing. Maybe Nas & Damian Marley will change this in the near future

9. Skunk – Skunk is often wrongfully perceived as a general name for weed. It’s actually a Dutch weed, rappers who visited Amsterdam know.

8. Chocolate – This dark brand lacks the popularity of its cacao-holding namesake but it’s not overlooked either.

7. Kush – Popular. Potent. Nuff said.

6. Hydro – Professionally grown and very potent, almost as popular as…

5. Cess – The natural choice. Grown without chemicals its THC levels may be a bit lower but you won’t get any crazy stuff you don’t know about in your lungs.

4. Purple – Nas’ choice. “This is how I escape the madness, too much of anything will hurt you. So, my state of mind’s all purple.”

3. Blue/Blueberry (Yum Yum) – Styles P likes it. Ludacris even did a whole song about it. Will make you forget feeling blue, among other things lost to your mind.

2. Indo – A classic. Big out in the West Coast, but not as big as the next entry on our list.

1. California bud/Cali weed/Chronic – Congratulations California growers, rappers all over the map are enamored with your product. Now keep your fingers crossed that legalization comes through one day and California might see a huge boost to its economy.

RULES: Any specific reference is counted with a few exceptions. The same name repeated in the same song (in a chorus for instance) counts as 1 vote, unless it’s done by a different MC. So, Red & Meth both mentioning ‘Kush’ counts as 2 votes, and Big Boi saying ‘Kryptonite’ 11 times counts as 1. Although Chronic is also used as a common term for weed it was counted as Cali weed in several instances due to the fact that those MC’s were obviously referencing the local brand.

SONGS REFERENCED:

  • Cypress Hill – Hits From The Bong
  • Cypress Hill – I Wanna Get High
  • Beatnuts – Prendelo
  • Redman – That’s How you Roll a Blunt
  • Pharcyde–Pack the pipe
  • Tash – smokefest
  • Busta Rhymes – Get High Tonight
  • Luniz – I got 5 on it
  • Madvillian – americaz most blunted
  • 2Pac – High Till I Die
  • Dr. Dre – Next Episode
  • Ice Cube – Today Was a Good Day
  • Lil Wayne – I feel like Dying
  • Nas – Blunt Ashes
  • Nas – Purple
  • BIG – Notorious thugz
  • Styles P – I Get High
  • Wu-Tang ā€“ As High as Wu-Tang Get
  • Ludacris – Blueberry yum yum
  • Red & Meth – How High
  • Scarface – Mary Jane
  • Three 6 Mafia ā€“ Iā€™m So Hi
  • Devin The Dude – Sticky Green
  • D12 – blow my buzz
  • Red & Meth – This Is For All My Smokers.
  • Big Boi – Kryptonite
  • Outkast – ain’t no thang
  • Gang Starr – Take Two and Pass
  • Snoop Dogg – Gin & Juice
  • Snoop Dogg – Let’s Get Blown

[Ivan Rott, Nahshon, Nick Cobb, and Andrew Schweizer contributed to this piece]

J.Monkey

1982 was when Jaap van der Doelen aka J.Monkey shot his way out his mom dukes. A mere two years later he was already battling Big Brother and The Illuminati. Whenever he has time to spare from those efforts he writes (about music, mostly), hosts a radio show and designs graphics for a living. He lives in The Netherlands where he continues to be winning.

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  • http://www.liveagl.com Alex of Liveagl.com

    LOL, funny post..but you forgot about the OSAMA Weed, reference: Three 6 Mafia…from that song, that weed looks like it would tear somebody up!!

  • http://www.liveagl.com Alex of Liveagl.com

    LOL, funny post..but you forgot about the OSAMA Weed, reference: Three 6 Mafia…from that song, that weed looks like it would tear somebody up!!

  • Boxden’s Mysonne

    INVALID: HYRDO IS NOT A TYPE OF WEED WHOEVER TYPED THIS UP IS A FRAUD SMOKER AND DON’T KNOW ABOUT WEED

  • Boxden’s Mysonne

    INVALID: HYRDO IS NOT A TYPE OF WEED WHOEVER TYPED THIS UP IS A FRAUD SMOKER AND DON’T KNOW ABOUT WEED

  • http://therapup.net Rizoh

    I agree with Boxden’s Mysonne, hyrdo is not a type of weed.

  • http://therapup.net Rizoh

    I agree with Boxden’s Mysonne, hyrdo is not a type of weed.

  • http://therapup.net J to the AAP

    It’s a matter of definition. Hydro, like cess, does not refer to a specific cannabis plant race but a growth method. Professionally grown crops (including fertilizer and pest chemicals) are often referred to as hydro due to the heightened level of THC (Tetra Hydro Cannabinol), the stuff in weed that get’s you stoned. Cess and hydro are both used as generic terms for weed as well.

    A similar argument could be made for California weed, which doesn’t refer to a plant race either but the geographical location of growth. All in all, I think you need to breath deeply, spark one, and take the CAPS LOCK off. You’re taking this way too seriously. Peace.

  • http://therapup.net J to the AAP

    It’s a matter of definition. Hydro, like cess, does not refer to a specific cannabis plant race but a growth method. Professionally grown crops (including fertilizer and pest chemicals) are often referred to as hydro due to the heightened level of THC (Tetra Hydro Cannabinol), the stuff in weed that get’s you stoned. Cess and hydro are both used as generic terms for weed as well.

    A similar argument could be made for California weed, which doesn’t refer to a plant race either but the geographical location of growth. All in all, I think you need to breath deeply, spark one, and take the CAPS LOCK off. You’re taking this way too seriously. Peace.

  • ill

    this fucker is retarded

  • ill

    this fucker is retarded

  • m

    The best weed on the planet is in British Columbia.

    Period

  • m

    The best weed on the planet is in British Columbia.

    Period

  • CaliKush

    Cali weed >>>>>>>>> BC

  • CaliKush

    Cali weed >>>>>>>>> BC

  • noodz

    the only way the best weed on the planet can be in British Columbia is if it traveled there from Cali

  • noodz

    the only way the best weed on the planet can be in British Columbia is if it traveled there from Cali

  • Tshwaze

    do you know what you’re talking about? Because ganja is slang for weed its not a strain check your facts dumbass

    • http://twitter.com/jmonkey Jaap van der Doelen

      Ganja is Jamaican slang for weed, so like Cali bud, it references a geographical location of growth (the island of Jamaica) in this case.

  • Kimmyc

    Oregon. nuff said.

  • Jayzfordayz

    Almost everything on this page about the 10 types of weed is wrong….hydro doesn’t mean “professionally grown” shit…what makes it professionally grown anyway? But again, hydro refers to how its grown….not professionally….but using hydroponics (grown in water/nutrient/rockwool/perlite ect. combo instead of soil)…which is why its called hydro, not because the THC level is higher and hydro is in the word THC…

    Then the skunk weed…it is technically a specific strand, but as the (judging by the post) non smoker author wouldn’t know, is that many different types of weed smell like a skunk, to the point you might not know the difference, aka when people(rappers) refer to skunk weed, they are talking about any weed that smells potent like a skunk….ive smoked different strains that smell the same… and lastly before i peace outta this misinformed webpage, “purple”, number 4 on the list, is not a type of weed either. If i asked my dealer for some purp, he could hand me numerous bags of different “purple” buds, so get some better “researchers” TRU…or at least be specific, thats like naming the most popular hockey teams and then saying #3 on the list is the Green team…way to not be specific….

    At least list like purple haze/purple kush/grandaddy purp/ect.

    I kno it may seem as im missing the point, and i know this list is for entertainment ect. but come on, ignorant people are the reason why people still think weed is bad for you and can kill you….LOL.

    *Get some real facts, and/or write about something you know about*

    • Jaap

      It’s indeed intended for comedic purposes. As for the etymology of the term Hydro I stand corrected, however, what you’re explaining is exactly what I meant by ‘professionally grown’. That type of ‘farming’ is usually done (at least in my neck of the woods) by big movers as opposed to growing a couple plants in the garden. You can do it indoors so there’s a smaller chance of being caught and the THC levels are usually higher because optimization of circumstances is a lot easier.

      In regard to skunk I stand by what I said, because other people use the term in a different way doesn’t mean it’s not a specific strand, you admitted yourself that it is. How anyone intends it to be picked up is for them to say, but rest assured that a lot of rappers visited coffee shops over here and are fully aware of it being a specific strand.

      There’s a lot of regional differences to names being used, some additions to names are more like brand names from dealers in stead of referring to specific strands. There are probably names and strands over in my region you have never heard as I’m sure is the case vice versa as well. Purple for instance is usually short for purple haze over here. I can assure you this list is accurate over here in NL and several other places our staff dwell at at least, but differences will always be found.

      Anyway, I don’t think this list will change the mind of anybody who believes weed can kill regardless of the care we’ve take with it. I do think you should lighten up a wee bit (spark one, maybe?) but thanks for your info.