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Up In Smoke: Hip-Hop’s Weed Renaissance

Submitted by on November 17, 2010 – 9:02 amOne Comment

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Thanks to a movement spearheaded by Curren$y and Wiz Khalifa, hip-hop is experiencing a serious weed revival.

When I recently caught up with Curren$y (with a joint hanging from his mouth the entire time) he described the reason for his weed habit as simply being “the world is crazy, so I would rather just exist in my own.” He also expressed his disgust at the whole concept of “weed rap,” venting that “it’s a category that exists now and people are using it as an angle to get in the game.” Curren$y supports legalizing marijuana and not simply decriminalizing it (as Governor Schwarzenegger recently made steps toward in California before the proposition failed) because “that’s not going to do anything.”

His fellow green fiend, Wiz Khalifa, has cornered an entire market of (mostly male) fans whose love for hip-hop and marijuana sends them into a frenzy anytime the rapper born Cameron Thomaz lights up the stage and a blunt. Boasting a supposed $10,000-a-month weed habit, Wiz was recently arrested on charges of marijuana trafficking and possession of drug paraphernalia. This only served to heighten his popularity amongst his faithful following, who wet their combined pants when original dutch master Snoop Dogg tweeted his heir apparent about working on music together. Wiz’s entire marketing spiel revolves around marijuana (his popular Kush & Orange Juice mixtape, his recent “Waken Baken” tour), to the point where he’s now apparently getting his own self-titled rolling papers.

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