Fire on the bayou: 10 marijuana songs from Louisiana bands

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This week's Gambit cover story looks at Louisiana's latest moves to get medical marijuana to the state, but the products are still several years down the road. So, while we wait, here are 10 songs celebrating weed by Louisiana artists.

Sidney Bechet — "Viper Mad"
Among the O.G. marijuana enthusiasts of jazz, pioneer player Sidney Bechet performs this ode to "vipers," or smokers. ("The people are talking, but I don't care / I'm 21, I'm far from done, I've just begun" — millenials existed in 1938.) 
Curren$y feat. Trademark Da Skydiver and Young Roddy — "Roasted"
Fast forward to 2010, and current weed king Curren$y makes his studio debut with the first installment of his Pilot Talk series. Here, he raps some of his best boasts of living the high life: women are "crumbling nuggets, I'm feeling lovely and blessed" and he's cracking open "lobsters, ice vodka and the bong's bubbling."
Lady Red — "Smokin' Dat Weed"
A fairly straight-forward bounce song in which Lady Red sings the verses to the tune of the Dixie Cups' "Iko, Iko." (I first heard this in eighth grade while on the bus during a school trip to the Audubon Zoo.)
The Meters — "Fire on the Bayou"
"I got a nickel now, you got a dime / Let's get together and have a good time." The title track from The Meters' 1975 album has been covered by dozens of brass and funk bands. (The album also included the family-friendly goof "They All Ask'd For You.")
Mystikal — "I Smell Smoke"
On his 1998 album Ghetto Fabulous, Mystikal offers instructions on how to prepare his blunts and how he escaped the attention of hotel security, who ended up just wanting Mystikal to break off a little something for them — "Ain't that a bitch."
Down — "Hail to the Leaf"
On Phil Anselmo's bummer jam, he admits to hitting the bong when things aren't going so well, or in his words, "fail to rise, and I cower in reality's eyes, so I just smoke. Let me tread, stoned."
The Stooges Brass Band — "Weed Drought"
Predating Mannie Fresh's 2009 boast of having "that Lindsay Lohan down South" on his "Drought," the Stooges faced another kind of drought in 2003.
Caddywhompus — "This Is Where We Blaze the Nuggz"
Though not an outright "song about weed," the title is among the best from the New Orleans noise-pop duo. And it's the first track from their debut EP.
Dash Rip Rock — "Let's Go Smoke Some Pot"
Thousands of files of this song were notoriously mislabeled in the Napster and Kazaa era. No, it is not by 311, Sublime, The Black Crowes or Squirrel Nut Zippers. The song, a sort of parody of "At the Hop," is by New Orleans' own punky rock 'n' roll trio Dash Rip Rock.
Kermit Ruffins — "Hide The Reefer"
High Times star Kermit Ruffins gets paranoid and hides his stash from the cops.



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