Thursday, October 16, 2014

This is the remix: Afroman and a new 'Because I Got High'

Posted By on Thu, Oct 16, 2014 at 3:20 PM

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The original "Because I Got High" functions as a sort of schadenfreudic look at an imaginary list of cascading ills caused by Afroman's consumption of chronic. The latest, however, as Piff Doodley would say, is the remix. With votes on cannabis looming in Alaska, Oregon and Washington, D.C., Afroman is back with a tale of empowerment.

"'Because I Got High' put me on the map — it’s what got me a record deal, a Grammy nomination and made me a household name," Afroman said to Rolling Stone. "Getting high and rapping about it got me to where I am today and I'll be forever grateful for that. 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."

Anchoring the song in time and place, and NORML receive the call-out treatment, while Afroman raps verses like "They built a school or two / Because I got high / Now the state can fund drug treatment / And I know why / Why man? / Because I got high, because I got high, because I got high."

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