The 2000s had their fair share of one-hit wonders, but none more captivating than Afroman. In the midst of t.A.T.u’s ‘All the Things She Said,’ Rich Boy’s ‘Throw Some D’s, Shop Boyz’s ‘Party Like a Rock Star,’ and Jibbs’ ‘Chain Hang Low,’ here comes this guy with a big ass afro rapping about not cleaning his room and missing his child support payments because he was high. Born Joseph Edgar Foreman, the California native began his music career in the 8 grade, writing songs about his teachers and selling them to students. His also performed at his church, playing guitar and drums in the choir.
He released his first album in 1998, before moving to Hattiesburg, Mississippi where he met producer Tim “Headfridge” Ramenofsky. Headfridge produced Afroman’s hit album ‘Because I Got High.’ Released in 2001, the title track about everyday tasks derailed by drug-use became a worldwide anthem. It was featured in numerous films and because the people who select Grammy nominees have the same sense of humor as the guy who gave Ramenofsky his nickname, even scored Foreman a Grammy Award nomination for Best Rap Solo Performance. Afroman never again matched the success of ‘Because I Got High,’ but he continues to make music.
He has released several records in the last decade and half. His latest efforts include 2015’s ‘The N-Word EP’ and a re-release of 2014’s ‘One Hit Wonder Ep.’ He also squeezes in time to medicate, tour, and sucker-punch fans right in the bloody face. Something a female fan found out the hard way when the rapper clocked her right off her feet when she walked onto the stage during a 2015 performance in Biloxi, Miss. He was charged with assault and released on bond shortly thereafter. Yes we know, because he got high, right? He did apologize for the incident though and went to anger management, which will help exactly zero times if he keeps medicating.
Miami Based, Internationally Known