A History for the Blunted: How Weed Culture Evolved Through Hip-Hop

In 1989, scientists concluded that 1988 was the hottest year yet recorded in human history and panicked about the “Greenhouse Effect” that was contributing to global warming. Simultaneously, a different kind of green revolution was beginning to be stoked in hip-hop. During that historically searing spring and summer, a fleet of seminal, groundbreaking albums was released – this included, but was not limited to, Run-D.M.C.’s Tougher Than Leather, EPMD’s Strictly Business, Public Enemy‘s It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, Eric B. Rakim‘s Follow the Leader, Salt-n-Pepa’s A Salt With a Deadly Pepa, 2 Live Crew’s Move Somethin’, Ice-T’s Power, and both Eazy-E’s Eazy-Duz-It and N.W.A‘s Straight Outta Compton; that’s a short list limited to just a few months. This slew of albums did more

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