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Classic Album Review: Afroman | Good Times

The Cali rapper's dope rhymes are a hoot. Listen with a bud. And pass the 'Ritos.


This came out in 2001 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


There are two kinds of people: Those who dig Cheech & Chong movies and … oh, man, are those Doritos? Don’t bogart those things, dude. Pass ’em around. Mmmmm.

Now, what was I talking about? Oh yeah, dude, Afroman. He’s this rapper from California who’s sorta like a combination of Cypress Hill and Cheech and Chong, with some Blowfly, Two Live Crew, Humpty Hump and Tha Alkaholiks tossed in. If you haven’t already heard the blunted humour of his novelty hit Because I Got High, well, just ask your kids ’cause they probably have. Not to worry; the song’s all a bit of good fun about how dope robs you of your ambition (“I was gonna go to court / Until I got high”). This major-label debut disc (mostly tracks compiled from two earlier indie albums) also sings the praises of drink (Let’s All Get Drunk, Tall Cans) and sex to a homemade soundtrack of basic beatboxes and basslines. Sure it’s stupid and sophomoric. But it’s also, ahem, a hoot. So listen with a bud. And fork over those ’Ritos, amigo.