13 Years Later, Afroman Gets Political With 'Because I Got High' Remake
By Sophie Schillaci
More than a decade after gifting the world with the undeniably catchy weed-smoking anthem "Because I Got High," Afroman is back on the couch.
The singer-rapper released a new version of his 2001 novelty hit on Wednesday, but now he's cruising around town on a sofa and praising the purported healing powers of marijuana. These days, instead of skipping class and running from the cops, Afroman is leveraging his love of cannabis to battle glaucoma and anxiety.
"Getting high – and rapping about it – got me to where I am today and I'll be forever grateful for that," Afroman told Rolling Stone. "With the current political battle with states trying to legalize weed, I thought it was a good time to educate – or set the record straight – about marijuana's benefits, which is why I wanted to remake the song."
The video was created with Weedmaps, a medical marijuana dispensary locator app, and the pro-pot advocacy group National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) in an effort to raise awareness for the legalization initiatives in the November 4th election. The video was released in conjunction with Smoke the Vote, which aims to get voters to the polls in Alaska, Oregon, and the District of Columbia, where they're weighing the legalization of marijuana, and in Florida, where a medical marijuana amendment is on the ballot.
No matter what side of the argument you're on, just try to get this tune out of your head now. You're welcome.
Since releasing his Grammy-nominated (yes, you read that right) single 13 years ago, Afroman has released a series of albums independently – including a satirical Christmas album -- and was featured in the 2010 lineup of the Insane Clown Posse's Gathering of the Juggalos. Who knew?