Moments ago, actually earlier this afternoon now, Rocks Off opened an envelope from Universal Music that turned out to contain young No Limit-affiliated rapper Curren$y's major-label debut, Weekend at Burnie's (Warner Bros.). We'll give you three guesses what the New Orleans native's primary recreational drug of choice is; since you're staring at the cover right now, the first two don't count.
Believe it or not, we've also been getting into Wiz Khalifa lately, investigating the charismatic Pittsburgh MC's - and equally devoted pothead, if not moreso - 2011 major-label debut of his own, Rolling Papers (Atlantic), so we could write a preview for his show next week at Reliant Arena. This got us to wondering if this seeming uptick in 420-friendly album titles is a recent phenomenon.
It may be, in which case it stems (as it were) from Cam'ron's 2004 joint Purple Haze. Believe it or not, even noted stoners such as Black Sabbath ("Sweet Leaf"), Sublime ("Smoke Two Joints") and Snoop Dogg (duh) have never released a studio set with a weed-inspired name, although Snoop did put out a live recording of his "Puff Puff Pass" tour in 2005. And Sublime probably would have if not for singer Brad Nowell's certain other habits.
Rocks Off did some investigating this afternoon and found a few others who have as well - and if you're wondering why Orange County crack-ups Kottonmouth Kingz (Hidden Stash, Rollin' Stoned, Fire It Up, Joint Venture, Cloud Nine) are nowhere to be found, we limited the list to people we actually enjoy listening to. Sue us.