Happy Birthday, Afroman!
If we didn't know any better, we'd assume Afroman was harvested by scientists hunkered down in a secret government bunker trying to cook up the perfect rapper.
The world met Afroman during the first wave of memes (1995-2000) that included the oogachaka dancing baby that ended up on Ally McBeal and the ...Ate My Balls websites. "Because I Got High" was an instant stoner classic, canonized right alongside Cheech, Chong, and anyone that ain't got no job, ain't got no money, and ain't got shit to do (besides burn reefer).
Well, Howard Stern caught wind of the track and had Afroman on the show, and soon enough, he was getting a big fat check from potheads like Kevin Smith for use of his song in weed-oriented films and TV shows.
Since 2004, with the release of Afroholic... The Even Better Times, Afroman has embraced the internet's wide reach and returned to disseminating his music through underground and subterranean means. He also still loves weed.
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