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.
- 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 – As High as Wu-Tang Get
- Ludacris – Blueberry yum yum
- Red & Meth – How High
- Scarface – Mary Jane
- Three 6 Mafia – I’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]