In this article I will discuss what would be the effects of marijuana usage on your rap performance. We will touch on the following:

  • Weed and the Hip-Hop Culture
  • How can smoking weed affect your rap performance
  • Best Use of Cannabis for Rappers

1. Weed and the Hip-Hop Culture

Even if you’re not an expert in the Hip-Hop field you could hear that weed is being mentioned very frequently by the rap artists over the years. You can see weed in almost every fraction of rap. There are tonnes of songs which have been purposely created to glorify and explain the use of ganja. Songs like:

  1. “Smoke Some Weed” by Ice Cube
  2. “Because I got High” by Afroman(Personal Favourite)
  3. “Reefer Party” by Wiz Khalifa and many more

There seems to be a whole section reserved for weed in the rap department. Doctor Dre even named one of his albums “The Chronic” and rappers like Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa have focused their whole public image around the usage of weed.

If we were to find the reasons why marijuana seems to play such a big part in the rap industry, we would first have to look at how does its usage affect our brain.

2. How can smoking weed affect your rap performance

There are two main components when it comes to rapping-writing and recording. We would have to analyze the effects of weed on both of them, so we can get a clear and full understanding of the subject.

-Effects on Writing

Weed has a positive impact on creativity. If you try to write while you’re high, you will notice that the flow of ideas about your project has increased. You start adding new rhyme schemes that are really complex and intricate.


It gives you the ability to think of more and better punchlines much faster. Smoking weed gives you just another point of view, so when you’re writing while you’re under the influence of weed, you get to see things from another level, which leads to the creation of more ideas.

Having a flow of new ideas is all good, but you have to remember that this exhausts the brain. Having all these ideas in your head and trying to put them all on paper costs alot of brain power. The brain cannot keep it up that long, so consistency turns into a problem. You cant rely on a single high if you want to write a whole song. In most cases, one spliff will be enough for one verse.


While you’re writing your second verse, you will notice that certain negative factors comes into play. You start getting kinda bored from writing. You forget what you were gonna say. Your rhyme schemes are not that dope anymore. This is because the weed is wearing off and its effects are going away. I call it the “Post High Phase”. While you’re in it, your brain is recovering from the weed by resting.

Bottom line is that weed usage causes big fluctuations in the intensity of brain activity, which damages the consistency and overall quality of your songs. Writing lyrics while you’re high puts you in a situation where you can reap the benefits of the flow of fresh ideas to your head in the short term and suffer from low brain activity while going through the “Post High Phase”.


-Effects on Recording

Full Scale Synchronisation
When it comes to recording, weed gives you the ability to totally get in sync with the emotion and speed of the beat. You are being able to direct all your focus on only one thing-delivering your lyrics.


Since you’re feeling the emotion so clearly, you are being able to match the emotion from the beat with the emotion to your words very effectively. If you’re recording at home you no longer care about the wrong people hearing you rap and you totally let go. If you’re recording in a studio you totally get into it. Putting that extra emotion on every word and pouring out your heart on every bar.

Too much excitement brings less control
If you look at this matter from a strictly professional point of view, you would realise that putting too much excitement in your lyrics is never good. Recording while you’re high makes you lose a certain fraction of the control you have over your performance.

Even if you think you’re totally murdering this track while you’re recording, when it comes time to listening over your work you’re beginning to notice those little mistakes that you didnt see before. You slowed down where you needed to speed up. You messed up that word just a bit. You put more emotion on some word, making it sound weird. Those little mistakes make the difference between MC’s and wannabe Rappers.


The truth is that if you feel good recording while you’re high and you dont make any big mistakes, keep on doing it as long as your product keeps its level of quality. If however you feel like you need more control over your delivery, you need to lay off the spliff and start recording sober.

Best Use of Marijuana for Rappers

This is strictly a personal opinion formed from my own experiences and experiments with weed. I think that weed is very beneficial when it comes to coming up with new ideas. Anything from new rhyme schemes, new song ideas, video clips, career moves.


It just gives you another point of view and looking things from another level always leads to the creation of new ideas. Writing high is not an activity which can sustain quality lyrics in the long run. Also, if you actually care what you say on wax, writing high is not a good idea, since you have little control over your words while you’re influenced by narcotics.

Performing high is something which can be done and it usually produces pretty good results. However, it would depend on how weed is affecting you and the control you have over your delivery while you’re high. I record songs while im high, but rarely. The thrill it gives me when Im merging with the beat cannot be compared to anything else. However I am able to sustain perfect control over my delivery only for a song and then Im all fucked up for the rest of the day.

Use Weed For Ideas, Not For Wasting Time

What do you think?

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  • J*G*Pirini

    Yo. Why aren’t we eating the shite, I am 36 and been smoking too long now. My take on weed, let’s Jah provide direct. I agree though that stuff gets clouded and quite cipher cooked and am more real without it. I’m 2 days into a sober phase and feeling high without foggyness already, broke into a freestyle walking this morning whilst picking up litter in front of gym bunnies about to start their workouts was hardcase as, listening to dubstep on my noise isolating skull candies hah! and yup once broke through the fear dynamo’d it although yup no tocking from the big bulldog in the sky, all me and me ego.

  • MC

    yo homies , i was reading this while being sober for 2 months , i experienced the whole things which we’re said up and then i thought about this quote from Jack London’s Martin Eden a book i read long time ago …he said
    “don’t wait for the inspiration, just go for it, hunt for it” something like that …anyway from what i’ve read i’ve never seen a cooler topic in my whole internt life.

  • Anonymous

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  • Doyle

    As far as I’m concerned a rapper should never write while on drugs of any kind, you can make more creative music when you’re high, stuff that stoners and drunks ate gonna wanna bump all day long, but it’s not gonna be as… Well, real. If you write sober you’re showing your perspective, if you’re high you’re showing the drugs perspective. Just my take, I’ve always hated what I wrote when high/drunk

  • DemoKing Tapes

    I’ve never smoked weed in my life, I avoid drinking alcohol as much as possible, and whenever I’m on a healthier diet preferably accompanied by working out, my brain works MUCH better, and that energy and clarity of thinking there is the holy grail. And other than that, when you got the skills man, you’re going to kill it anyway.

    Look at it like this. If you play basketball as a hobby sometimes you’re in the zone and you outperform yourself, but even on your best day, Kobe on his very very worst would still be inexplicably better than you due to his skill level; so yeah, good emotional states help, but if you have the skill set, the rest is just a bonus.

  • Anonymous

    d only problem I av is weed is dah my voice ll start shaking when am high….buh when I adjust its…I just murder beats…..weed is my best inspiration for rapping…notinelse…..God give its to rappers and singers and many oda proffesions as an inspiration….

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