Because I Got High

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"Because I Got High"
Afroman Because I Got High single.jpg
Single by Afroman
from the album Because I Got High and The Good Times
Released July 30, 2001
Format CD single
Recorded 2000
Genre Comedy hip hop
Length 5:10 (album version)
3:19 (radio version)
Label Columbia, T-Bones
Songwriter(s) Afroman
Producer(s) Afroman, Headfridge
Afroman singles chronology
"Because I Got High"
(2001)
"Crazy Rap"
(2001)
"Because I Got High"
(2001)
"Crazy Rap"
(2001)
Audio sample

"Because I Got High" is a song by American rapper Afroman from his album of the same name. The lyrics of the song describe how cannabis use is degrading the narrator's quality of life, the song, which was written in only a few minutes, rose from obscurity to popularity after it was circulated around the Internet and was featured on The Howard Stern Show.

Overview[edit]

The lyrics of the song explain how the use of cannabis impacted the narrator's quality of his life, the affects include:

  • He forgets to clean his room.
  • He fails his college class and plans to take it next semester.
  • He becomes a drug dealer after losing his job.
  • He misses court dates and has his paycheck garnished due to missed child support payments.
  • He becomes a paraplegic as a result of a police pursuit after having failed to pull over.
  • He has his car impounded due to payments gambled away.
  • He is left masturbating after being unable to have sex with his girlfriend.
  • He loses his family, including his children and his wife, gets divorced, and becomes homeless.
  • Finally, the narrator ultimately decides to end the song, and states that he is "singing the whole thing wrong, because [he is] high".

During the outro codo, Afroman mentions his name and birthplace (East Palmdale), says the tumbleweed he smokes is "bomb as hell" and then says he does not believe in Hitler (a reference to John Lennon's "God"). The music video was directed by Kevin Smith and featured Jay and Silent Bob smoking with Afroman, a cameo by 'Beer Man', as well as a glimpse of the Quick Stop where Clerks was filmed.

Reception[edit]

Afroman released his album Because I Got High in 2000; he distributed it mainly through concerts. The title track was soon posted on file-sharing service Napster and made it to The Howard Stern Show,[1] this song was the theme song of the film Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back[2] and was later featured in the films Disturbia, A Thousand Words, and The Perfect Score.

After the success of this single, Afroman was signed to Universal Records.[1]

On the album Mobilize by punk band Anti-Flag, after several minutes of silence on the album's end track, a friend of the band called Spaz can be heard singing parts of the song with Anti-Flag.

Track listings[edit]

All tracks written by Joseph Foreman.

CD single
No. Title Length
1. "Because I Got High" (Afrolicious Edit) 3:18
2. "Let's All Get Drunk" 5:43
3. "Back On The Bus" 5:43
4. "Because I Got High" (Afropulco Gold & Dirty) 3:18

Alternate versions[edit]

Afroman re-recorded the song with new lyrics for his 2009 album Frobama Head of State. A second re-recording of the song, called the "Positive Remix," was released by Afroman through YouTube on October 15, 2014 as part of a collaboration with Weedmaps and NORML; in contrast to the original version, the lyrics of this version deal with the positive effects of marijuana legalization.[3]

Parodies[edit]

Bob Rivers included a Christmas-themed version, Be Claus I Got High, on the 2002 album White Trash Christmas, the fifth in Rivers's line of Christmas parody albums.

BBC Radio 1 DJ Chris Moyles recorded a parody under the pseudonym "Afro-Blair" featuring Jon Culshaw and another impressionist singing in the guise of the serving Prime Minister Tony Blair, then Leader of the Opposition William Hague and former Prime Ministers John Major and Margaret Thatcher.[4]

The parody artist Rucka Rucka Ali made a version of the song called "Because I'm White".[5]

Chart performance[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[30] 2× Platinum 140,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[31] Platinum 40,000*
Belgium (BEA)[32] Platinum 50,000*
Brazil (Pro-Música Brasil)[33] Platinum 125,000*
France (SNEP)[34] Gold 339,000[35]
Germany (BVMI)[36] Platinum 500,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[37] Platinum 10,000*
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[38] Gold 20,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[39] Platinum 600,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[40] Platinum 1,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

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  4. ^ [1] Archived December 19, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
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  29. ^ Radio 1 Chart of the Decade, as presented by Nihal on 29 December 2009
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  31. ^ "Austrian single certifications – Afroman – Because I Got High (Single)" (in German). IFPI Austria.  Enter Afroman in the field Interpret. Enter Because I Got High (Single) in the field Titel. Select single in the field Format. Click Suchen
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  35. ^ "Les Certifications (Albums) du SNEP (Bilan par Artiste) > "AFROMAN" > "OK" (in French). InfoDisc.fr. Archived from the original on 2014-10-30. Retrieved 2015-07-23. 
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  40. ^ "American single certifications – Afroman – BECAUSE I GOT HIGH". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH

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Preceded by
"Can't Get You Out of My Head" by Kylie Minogue
Australian ARIA Singles Chart number-one single
October 14, 2001 – October 28, 2001
Succeeded by
"Smooth Criminal" by Alien Ant Farm
UK Singles Chart number-one single
October 21, 2001 – November 10, 2001
Succeeded by
"Queen of My Heart" by Westlife