In honor of 4/20, here’s a list of albums that carry the distinctly dank smell of ganja…
Bob Marley & The Wailers | Catch A Fire – Doobie brother!
Listen: Slave Driver
Dr. Dre | The Chronic – Dusty P-Funk samples + Snoop Dogg + badass album title = iconic ganja classic
Listen: Nuthin’ But A G Thang
Peter Tosh | Legalize It – “Legalize it, and I will advertise it” Peter Tosh offered in the title track of this 1976 album. And the tune and album both remain first-rate ads for the product…
Listen: Legalize It
Cypress Hill | Cypress Hill – One of the first hip-hop groups to openly and repeatedly rhyme about getting baked, Cypress Hill combine a fascination with guns and an undying love of bongs.
Listen: Light Another
Black Sabbath | Master Of Reality – This album begins with the sounds of a pot smoker coughing – the opening strains of pot ode ‘Sweet Leaf’ – but the whole album sounds like it was conceived inside a hash pipe.
Various Artists | Reefer Songs: 16 Original Jazz Classics – ‘Sweet Marijuana Brown’ ‘Weed Smokers Dream’ and ‘Who Put The Benzedrine In Mrs Murphy’s Ovaltine’ are but three of the entertaining tunes on this compilation of Jazz from the 30s that proves heads have been at it since before your grandparents were in short pants.
Listen: [No MP3 available]
Sublime | 40 Oz. To Freedom – Sublime was part punk, part reggae, part funk, and their amped cover of The Toys’ ‘Smoke Two Joints’ is just one of many weed-friendly moments on their excellent debut album.
Listen: Smoke Two Joints
The Black Crowes | Amorica – This album isn’t about pot per se, but since the early 90s The Crowes have been some of the strongest marijuana advocates on the rock scene.
Listen: High Head Blues
Listen: How To Roll A Blunt
Fela Kuti | Zombie – Fela Kuti smoked copious amounts of grass onstage, and his music is perfect for the activity, with deep, repetitive rhythms wrapped in black magic.
Pink Floyd | Dark Side Of The Moon – Three generations of pot smokers have worn the shine off their bongs with this dense, heady masterpiece…
Listen: Speak To Me/Breathe
Cheech & Chong | Cheech & Chong’s Greatest Hit – The original spokesmen…
Listen: Let’s Make A Dope Deal
Various Artists | Hempilation – This NORML-sponsored compilation advocating the legalization of pot features The Black Crowes, Cypress Hill, Sublime, and more.
Listen: Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 [The Black Crowes]
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