With emcees like Curren$y and Wiz Khalifa recently speaking out against the “weed rapper” stereotype, rapper Smoke DZA, known for his marijuana references, hit SOHH with his opinion on the label.
In DZA’s opinion, labeling an artist as a “weed rapper” pigeonholes their craft.
“It definitely affect me because ain’t none of us weed heads,” Smoke DZA told SOHH. “None of us are Afroman. We’re not just putting out weed records and going about our days. We’re the new baby boomers. We doing that and we’re doing lifestyle raps. That’s our category. ‘Lifestyle Raps.’ We’re rapping about our lives. It has nothing to do with being ‘weed rappers’ because even The Notorious B.I.G. rapped about weed and nobody called him a weed rapper. Jay-Z spoke about coke, but nobody ever called him the ‘cocaine rapper’. So I don’t think we should get that title because it’s unfair to us and our craft. We put a lot of work into our craft.” (SOHH)
Earlier this month, Pittsburgh rapper Wiz Khalifa struck back at critics who call him out due to lyrics perceived as strictly centered around marijuana use.
“People can have their opinion, and I have been labeled as something,” he says. “But it’s not a problem. My message is way beyond smoking weed. That’s just what I do. I’m about people embracing who they are, whatever they do and whoever they are. Fully embrace that.” (Seattle Times)
Marijuana enthusiast Curren$y recently shared his perspective on so-called “weed rappers”.
“I think the term ‘weed rapper’ is wack,” Curren$y said in an interview. “I think it was created by rappers who are trying to use weed as a subject matter that will get them put on in the game, in a sense. If you remember in CB4 how that group had to make themselves be gangstas just to get on. So now weed rappers are people who are faking to be high all the time so that they could get on and be popular and rap. They’re not high, they don’t even know good weed. They’re probably just smoking regular, killin’ themselves but it’s just like, ‘All I do is rap about being high, so I can catch the wave like Spitta and ‘em.’ It’s bullsh–. I don’t just f–kin’ talk about weed so I know it’s that bullsh–.” (RapFix)
Last year, rapper Devin the Dude talked to SOHH about modifying punishment for persons caught with marijuana in their possession.
“I’m very much for, at the very least, the decriminalization of weed. I wouldn’t mind it being legal, but if the powers that be could at least decriminalize the punishment [for weed possession], I think it will be a lot better. I think it will help the nation a lot more than it will hurt it. I also think you could profit off of it too, medically and financially. And especially with getting the laws changed so that people wouldn’t have to miss weeks of work and mess up their whole schedule because there’s weed involved or with people having police kicking in doors and doing all kinds of crazy stuff because of a type of grass.” (SOHH Guest Star)
Check out some recent Smoke DZA footage below: