HBD Bob Marley + The Haziest Laziest Stoner Jams
Today, February 6th, marks what would have been the 70th birthday of one of the most instantly recognizable pop culture icons of all time; the patron saint of peace, love, and dope, Bob Marley. Though his legacy has come quite close to being tarnished by the inherent consumerism of his visage (Bob Marley pint glass anyone?), his doctrines of acceptance, positivity, and the legalization of marijuana are universal enough to still influence and inspire over 30 years after his untimely death. To commemorate the legend’s birth, and have a good playlist for the next time we blaze, we’ve rounded up the Haziest Laziest Stoner Jams. Just remember, it’s all about the viiiibes man.
Three Little Birds—Bob Marley
Being that he did inspire this list, we feel obliged to include at least one song by the quintessential stoner musician. Though he has plenty more blatant hits about the pleasures of ganja, ‘Three Little Birds’ is among the singer’s best, and most chilled out songs in his catalog. With an easy, lilting melody and head-nodding Caribbean instrumentation, the thing that sticks in our mind most is that chorus; one that repeats the most essential mantra of laid back stoner-ness there is: ‘Don’t worry about a thing, because every little thing is gonna be alright.’ Even the most paranoid of smokers couldn’t possibly get panicked with this on.
Hits from the Bong—Cypress Hill
Though it leaves exceedingly little to the imagination, ‘Hits from the Bong’ is about as hazy and dazed as stoner jams can possibly get. Built around a sample of Dusty Springfield’s ‘Son of a Preacher Man’ and haunted by the ethereal sounds of bong water continually being burbled, Cypress Hill crafted a short, sweet ode to the herb. This song is but one of many by the band that address this topic, a theme that runs ever present through tracks like ‘I Wanna Get High’ or ‘Roll It Up, Light It Up, Smoke It Up’, this song stands above the rest in its honest simplicity. Less is more, unless it’s referring to how many crumbles are left in your dimebag.
Light My Fire—The Doors
The only thing steamier than the looks of the immortal Jim Morrison are the number of bathrooms that have been hotboxed to the soundtrack of this essential stoner tune. It’s all right there in the title, as Morrison implores us listeners to please give him a damn light for that fat ass joint. ‘Light My Fire’ is not only a contender for the greatest Doors song, but a song that’s now served several generations of stoner; this is a song that your grandparents, parents, and now you can relish as you toke with equal enjoyment.
Because I Got High—Afroman
To deny that this song isn’t a stoner jam would be ludicrous, but taking a second look at the lyrics makes for a bit of a depressing realization. The narrator of the song loses almost everything in his life worth living, weaving a parable of the exaggerated laziness and apathy that comes with a lifestyle of smoking weed every day. So it seems odd that this has become a universal weed anthem, one that Afroman himself recently covered to address the imminent legalization of the herb. But when lost in the fog of THC induced dreaming, there are few pleasures as sweet as blissfully singing along to the warm tones of Afroman’s inviting voice: ‘Because I got high, because I got high, because I got high.’
‘Sticks and stones….and weed and bongs’ croons M.I.A. in what is now recognized as both a great stoner song and one of the most tightly written pop songs of the new millennium. M.I.A. has repeatedly proved her bossass bitch queendom over the rest of the music scene as well as her mystical, laid back charm, but never did the two ideals come so clearly aligned as in this song. The sonic landscape of stark gun shots, cashier register rings, and children’s schoolyard chanting have become the stuff of legend, and ultimately add up to create the consummate song to accompany puffing on blunts.
The Next Episode—Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg
After releasing a wildly successful debut album, cranking out the follow up material can be something of a daunting task. Dr. Dre found himself in this position after 1992’s The Chronic, an album that asserted the dominance of the West Coast hip hop scene and brought the appeal of that good herb into almost every home in America. How did he follow it up? By turning up every element that made his first record so good to the tenth power: more gangsta, more Snoop, and more tunes seemingly designed for optimal high listening. ‘The Next Episode’ is possibly the best example of Dre’s updated philosophy, the song even ends with someone telling us to ‘smoke weed every day.’ Well played Dre, well played.
Legalize It—Peter Tosh
Is there a list of weed related music that this doesn’t appear on? We doubt it. Sadly a song with a message that’s still pertinent today, ‘Legalize It’ is like a blueprint for how to make a stoner jam: ska beats, glazed over rhythm, and lyrics that address the plentiful joy and spiritual nirvana to be found hidden in a bowl of freshly ground cannabis. Are you reading this government? Take a lesson from Peter Tosh and LEGALIZE IT.