A BIT OF HISTORY ABOUT 420
The original story of 420 begins with five fellow students who met after school at the appointed hour of 4:20 to smoke some of California’s finest, and occasionally searched for a hidden pot field they’d heard about in the hills outside town.
1971 – Five San Rafael High School students christen the term “4:20,” meeting daily at that hour to share a smoke under the school’s statue of Louis Pasteur. The original password: “420 Louis.”
1973-1989 – 420 languishes in obscurity, passed along from stoner to stoner as a completely underground “grassroots” phenomenon.
1990 – A mysterious flyer promoting 420 circulates at Grateful Dead shows, especially in Northern California. A copy of the flyer finds its way from a show in Oakland to HIGH TIMES’ offices in New York. San Rafael was the home of Grateful Dead Productions, supporting a link back to the original Waldos, who are not mentioned in the flyer.
1991 – HIGH TIMES publishes the text of the mysterious flyer, which claims that 420 started in San Rafael, CA, “as a police code for marijuana smoking in progress.” It also promotes “the grandmaster of all holidays: 4/20, or April 20th.”
1992 Dr Dre releases “The Chronic Album” and 420 celebrations increase among minorities and hip hop lovers
1994 – Clocks in Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction are set at 4:20.
1995 – The Cannabis Action Network stages its first annual 4/20 Ball in San Francisco at Maritime Hall. The event begins and ends at 4:20.
1997 – HIGH TIMES launches 420.com, taking 420 into the digital world.
1998 – HIGH TIMES debunks the “marijuana smoking in progress” theory and declares the Waldos the true originators of 420 after the group produces letters and posters to prove this claim.
1999 – Columbine: The worst thing to happen on 4/20 since Hitler was born 90 years earlier.
2005 – HIGH TIMES suggests moving 4:20 to 5:20: “When you’re working a 9-to-5 job, sometimes it’s worth waiting the extra hour.”
Okay so here is the top 10 (in no particular order) of course there are many other great songs about herb but we kept it at 10
- Redman, “How To Roll A Blunt”Blunt-rolling 101, with some humor thrown in about the many characters you may encounter in your friendly neighborhood cipher.
- Cypress Hill, “Hits from the Bong” & “I want To Get High”How can you possibly pick just one song out of Cypress Hill’s catalog to feature on this list. The first 3 albums by Cypress Hill are the soundtrack to a killer smoke session.
- Luniz, “I Got 5 On It (remix)” The original was so G! This is a weed anthem if there ever was one. The timing on the release of this track was just perfect. You could tell how organic the creation of this song was: a few homies chilling at the crib and the last herb gets smoked and it’s time to pony up on another sack………….”hey I got 5 on it”. This saying went for most anything, $5 on the weed, $5 on the liquor, $5 on the food etc.
- KRS-One, “I’m A Blunt Getting Smoked”KRS is crazy for this one. While KRS never came off as the weed-head type we are sure he has partaken in the sacred herb. This is one of the most creative weed songs in history. KRS raps about how it must feel to be the weed or the blunt getting passed around. He has everyone from Bill Clinton to Smooth B of Nice n Smooth hitting the blunt in the dream cipher.
- Styles P, “Good Times” (I GET HIGH) Styles has always taken the direct approach and this song is no different, the title leaves nothing to the imagination. One of the elements of the song is the hook where the sample says “I get high high high and when this dropped, guess what we all did?
- The Pharcyde, “Pack The Pipe” & “Quinton’s On The Way (Skit)” Straight highjinx, pun intended. Booty, Imani, Tre and Fat Lip all kick rhymes about their drug of choice and the method they employ to smoke said drug. If you smoke then you know a “Quinton,” he is your potna with the plug and what smoker doesn’t get a little excited when he knows the green is on the way.
- Outkast, “Crumblin’ Urb”This song is just as much about the failed state of the world as it is about herb Big Boi and Andre lure you in with a weed-friendly hook, only to sneak in some jewels about the state of the world. This song kind of feels like something your homie would say while rolling up a fat one at the end of a long work day or a day in the trap. “There’s only so much time left in this crazy world / I’m just crumblin’ erb, I’m just crumblin’ erb / Niggas killing niggas they don’t understand (what’s the master plan) / I’m just crumblin’ erb, I’m just crumblin’ erb”. Its intelligent weed music.
- Mystical, “I Smell Smoke” Mystical is one of the most entertaining rappers ever. His delivery can only be matched by a handful of emcees. One would think that the herb would calm his flow down but no, he stops and goes, rises and falls on this track about an adventure smoking weed in a hotel room and almost getting caught. We know smoking with Mystical would be quite an entertaining experience.
- Method Man & Redman, “How High” As hip hops answer to Cheech and Chong these 2 are smoking buddies and they let all of us smoke with them. This is another strong anthem for the smokers.
- Mary Jane, Scarface Face has a personal conversation with the girl Mary Jane on this one. He spills his feelings about how he feels and how she has helped him get through some rough times.