Because I Got High – Afroman

A response to the law that goes into effect tonight at midnight in Colorado and Washington that legalizes marijuana — at least at the state level.

afromanJoseph Foreman, better known by his stage name Afroman, is an American comedy rapper who came to prominence with his singles “Because I Got High” and “Crazy Rap”. “Because I Got High” circulated around the Internet before becoming a hit worldwide. He was nominated for a Grammy award in 2002.

Afroman was born and raised in Palmdale, California. He began rapping in the eighth grade, and in his church he played drums and guitar. After moving to Palmdale, he started to play High division football for his High school. He was a running back, and had major scouts from around the NFL watching him in amazement. His football carrer ended horribly when he was hit from behind and broke and tore almost every muscle in his shoulder. He was not able to play football again, and then started to pick up rap with his friends. For a short time, he worked as a baggage handler at an airport.

Because I Got High

“Because I Got High” is a Grammy nominated song by Afroman, from his album of the same name, about how cannabis use is degrading his quality of life. The song rose from obscurity to popularity after it was circulated around the Internet and was featured on a radio show.

The song explains how the author has failed his college class, 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, is paraplegic as the result of a police chase and is now homeless “because he got high”. The music video for it was directed by Kevin Smith and featured Jay and Silent Bob smoking with Afroman, as well as a glimpse of the Quick Stop where Clerks was filmed.

In December 2001, a Connecticut teenager Matthew Fournier was ordered to listen to the song and write a report about it as punishment for possession of marijuana.

In 2006, talk show host Randi Rhodes introduced a parody of the song on her show in which a singer imitating the voice of George W. Bush sings about things that happened in George Bush’s life as well as during his presidency with the words “because I got high” following.

Explicit – NSFW

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Its like i dont care about nothing man…
Roll another joint…
ooohh
la da da da la da da la la da da

I was gonna clean my room until I got high
I was gonna get up and find the broom but then I got high
My room is still messed up and I know why(why man)

Because I got high
Because I got high
Because I got high

I was gonna go to class before I got high
I could’a cheated and I could’a passed but I got high(uh uh la la da da)
I’m takin it next semester and I know why(why man) (hey hey)

Because I got high
Because I got high
Because I got high

(go to the next one, go to the next one, go to the next one)
I was gonna go to work but then I got high(ohh,ohh)
I just got a new promotion but I got high(la da da da da)
Now I’m selling dope and I know why(why man)

Because I got high
Because I got high
Because I got high

I was gonna go to court before I got high
I was gonna pay my child support but then I got high(no you wasn’t)
They took my whole paycheck and I know why(why man)(yeah eh eh)

Because I got high
Because I got high
Because I got high

I wasn’t gonna run from the cops but I was high(uh, i’m serious man)
I was gonna pull right over and stop but I was high(uh)
Now I’m a paraplegic( ha ha ha) and I know why(why man)

Because I got high
Because I got high
Because I got high

I was gonna pay my car and note until I got high (say what say what?)
I wasn’t gonna gamble on the boat but then I got high (uh uh)
Now the tow truck is pullin away and I know why (why man)

Because I got high
Because I got high
Because I got high

I was gonna make love to you but then I got high (ooh) (im serious)
I was gonna eat your pussy too(ohhh) but then I got high
Now i’m jackin’ off (ahh) and I know why(trying to shut off ha ha ha)

Because I got high
Because I got high
Because I got high

I messed up my entire life because I got high (go go go)
I lost my kids and wife because I got high say (what say what say what?)
Now I’m sleepin on the side walk and I know why (why man)
(yeah yeah)

Because I got high
Because I got high
Because I got high

Ima stop singing this song because I’m high(raise the ceiling… baby)
I’m singing this whole thing wrong because I’m high(bring it back)
And if I don’t sell one copy, I’ll know why(why man?) (yeah eh eh)

Cause I’m high
Cause I’m high
Cause I’m high
la la da da da da la da da da shoobe do be do wa skibitty do da da da la
get jiggy with it scubbydooby wa

  • Audio from the 2001 album, The Good Times:

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