Joseph Edgar Foreman (born July 28, 1974), known professionally as Afroman, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. He is known for his song “Because I Got High”, which was released in 2001 and featured on his album The Good Times. Afroman was nominated for a Grammy award in 2002.
“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.
The song explains how the narrator has forgotten to clean his room, failed his college class (which he plans to take next semester), sold kush (after losing his job), missed court dates, had his paycheck garnished due to missed child support payments, gambled away his car payment, became a paraplegic as the result of a police chase, lost his family (including his wife and children), had ruined his “entire life”, and is now homeless “because [he] got high” – he ultimately decides to end the song, and states that he is “singing the whole thing wrong, because [he is] high”. After this, 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.