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Sounding OFF: Celebrating the 4/20 holidaze

“Higher Knowledge”

10 new tracks for 420

The stigma surrounding marijuana use is dwindling as more and more are beginning to identify the plant for its medicinal uses, so it should come as no surprise that it has continued to influence music, art, and culture for decades.

For a topic so specific there are literally thousands of songs dedicated to the “Sweet Leaf,” which is why trying to whittle down a playlist of only the essentials felt pointless.

Of course, we could have sat here and listed off all of the songs that our parents’ generation would secretly play whenever they decided to roll up some “doobies” and get “baked,” but where is the fun in that?

No. Much like the type of “cess” or “schwag”—which for anyone unfamiliar essentially means trash that was poorly grown or possibly filled with stems and seeds—they used to smoke, it’s time for that tradition to go. Let’s be honest, playing songs like “Smoke Two Joints” and “I Got 5 On It” on April 20th year-in and year-out has already gotten stale.

It’s the 21st century. Time for an upgrade. Just like how hydroponics and solvent-free extraction are paving the way for the future, this week Sounding OFF celebrates the 4/20 international stoner holiday with 10 all-new tracks about the “Dreadlock Holiday.” 

#1) Cozz – “Demons and Distractions”

The 25-year-old Dreamville signed rapper pretty much nails down the rules to cruising with this two-part track:

  1. “Please don’t bother me while I drive.”
  2. “Please don’t bother me while I smoke.”

#2) Farruko – “Krippy Kush” feat. Nicki Minaj, Bad Bunny, 21 Savage, and Rvssian

It’s pretty funny how one word has made this track one of the most popular stoner anthems out there right now. “Krippy” is actually derived from a term which is sometimes used to describe high potency skunk weed.

#3) Hoodstarz – “Smoking” feat. Snoop Dogg and Joseph Kay

What would a proper 420 playlist be without Snoop Dogg? Although he has already released two albums in 2018, neither really have anything specifically about the sticky green stuff. So, instead of backtracking with some of last year’s gems, we decided to go with this interesting interpolation of the R&B/soul classic “I’m Your Puppet” by James and Bobby Purify.

#4) Rae Sremmurd – “T’d Up”

Hip-hop duo Rae Sremmurd have been gearing up for the release of their highly anticipated new project, Sremmlife 3, by sporadically dropping new singles, like this stoner gem from producer Metro Boomin.

#5) Alison Wonderland – “High” feat. Trippie Redd

Emerging Australian electronic singer/producer Alison Wonderland collaborates with the 18-year-old Ohio rapper Trippie Redd on this track all about blazing one up.

#6) Blackberry Smoke – “Medicate My Mind”

Marijuana has had an influence on practically every genre of music… but if you don’t believe me, just ask Willie Nelson. Apart from having toured with such rock bands as ZZ Top and Gov’t Mule, the one thing that these boys have in common is their love of grass.

#7) Young Dolph – “Kush on the Yacht”

Memphis rapper Young Dolph talks about living it up in style and luxury while he smokes some more “kush on the yacht.”

#8) Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley – “Medication” (Remix) feat. Stephen Marley, Wiz Khalifa, Ty Dolla $ign

To celebrate the 420 holiday Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley recently remixed his 2017 collaboration with half-brother Stephen Marley with special guests Wiz Khalifa and Ty Dolla $ign.

#9) Smokepurpp – “Big Dope”

The Florida rapper’s name alone is a reason to have him on this list. Featured on his collaborative record Bless Yo Trap, a 10-song EP featuring producer Murda Beatz, the song is all about smoking large quantities of piff.

#10) DJ Esco – “Psychedelik Smoke” feat. Future and Ty Dolla $ign

DJ Esco was on tour with Future in 2014, when he was stopped by airport security, who searched his bags and found marijuana. The 27-year-old DJ was imprisoned in Dubai for 56 days, an incident that would inspire his 56 Nights mixtape.

There are so many incredible songs about marijuana that it makes it almost impossible to try and whittle down just the essentials. Who knows? Maybe this even made you think about changing up your own 420 playlists.

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