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Posted by strikkly 
STFU Weed Song
October 08, 2013 11:00PM
Can I get a witness the WEED SONG IS SO PLAYED OUT!!!!!!!
Will all serious artist please cease from making any weed related weed smoking song?
Re: STFU Weed Song
October 08, 2013 11:53PM
my housemate sez someone should smack ya.







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Re: STFU Weed Song
October 09, 2013 01:20PM
hey grasshopper give it 20 years when your roomate is your wife and then come speak upon it
Re: STFU Weed Song
October 09, 2013 01:28PM
yeeeeheeeeee! Yo Crikket, I've been MARRIED for 28 years. no need to speak! Written 'pon STONE! smoking smiley



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Re: STFU Weed Song
October 09, 2013 02:38PM
hahahaha.

You gotta admit songs about peace, love, unity and so on are all played out as well. Now that I think about it, the one drop is totally played out also. Well, I guess reggae is dead.

Positive Vibrations w/ DJ Treez | Tahoe's Reggae Show | Thursday Nights 9pm | 101.5 FM KTKE | truckeetahoeradio.com
Re: STFU Weed Song
October 09, 2013 03:12PM
In my opinion, songs about the herb lure in new clientele. I think a lot of new reggae listeners are herb smokers that associate the two together...sad but true. Im not going lie or hide, I too was one of these young listeners that associated the two together until I figured out there was more to the genre then just herb smokin...so much more.
Re: STFU Weed Song
October 09, 2013 04:03PM
can't think of a single weed song I ever play...

weed: any undesirable or valueless plant, especially one that grows profusely where it is not wanted

now, herb songs like this are timeless:




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Re: STFU Weed Song
October 09, 2013 04:24PM
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mosquito killer
piss spot: any undesirable or valueless discoloration, especially one that grows profusely where it is not wanted

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Re: STFU Weed Song
October 09, 2013 05:31PM
"I dont sniff coke, i smoke weed everyday"

got to be one of the most confusing statements. why compare them such if one is so bad and one so good? idk sometimes
Re: STFU Weed Song
October 09, 2013 06:02PM
@ strikkly, just trying to over stand..you nah rate the herb or you nah rate herb tunes. I remember seeing you on the snwmf roll call inna patch of trees! Personally, some of the crucial herb tunes are huge rasta anthems that get the whole place bumping. Plus, this is a part of Rastafari livity and culture. I agree herb tunes with no consciousness are pretty wack, but pass the kutchie, tired fi lick weed inna bush, ganja smuggling are crucials IMO.

As Pressure says, and my wife who doesn't catch a medi just reminded me, Ganja make the world go round, eh!!
Re: STFU Weed Song
October 10, 2013 10:25AM
Hmmm, I'm sorta with you on this one strikkly. Yes, the generic weed songs are definitely played out. Many times they get the 'skip' treatment on my music player. But then again, if it's a well done anthem tune, it can fire me up! (no pun intended)

Junior Kelly's "Boom Draw" is an example of a well-crafted herb tune!
Re: STFU Weed Song
October 10, 2013 12:00PM
My kids think reggae is ridiculous because of the constant weed references.
Re: STFU Weed Song
October 10, 2013 02:36PM






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Re: STFU Weed Song
October 10, 2013 03:03PM
Herbal is natural!





Love that reggae!
Re: STFU Weed Song
October 10, 2013 03:16PM
I don't think any one is criticizing the herb. I think the point being made is that the constant fixation on herb covers-up the deeper ideas in the music. Most people automatically associate reggae with herb.

Peace
Re: STFU Weed Song
October 11, 2013 07:09AM
most people know not the labor involved in cultivation
when your hands and arms are black from resin and you hear another bubbly go so lucky weed tune
thus the reaction STFU weed song......I should say STFU to simple ass cliche in the lyrics
It goes for other topics too.....some become uninspiring because of the lack of creativity
I highly rate heb and I rate GOOD herb tunes
some lyrics just reflect a serious lack of progressw or maturity and so as a thinking man I take exception
respect sameway
Re: STFU Weed Song
October 11, 2013 09:13AM
When I hear a good tune about the herb and the positivity it brings to peoples' lives it makes me proud to be a ganja man, big up the herb tune and big up the herb man!
Re: STFU Weed Song
October 11, 2013 09:19AM
I gotta have kaya now so excuse me while I light my spliff in the fire corner, so legalize it, African Herbsman...
Re: STFU Weed Song
October 11, 2013 09:41AM
I see what you did there.....
Re: STFU Weed Song
October 11, 2013 10:39AM
Most people forget or simply don't know the true works required to bring forth a harv. Tedious, time consuming, and clearly a bit risky. I fully respect the herb men and women out there doing their thing. Most don't know that every little piece was handled and brought to precise fruition by intentional minds. And while I do love catching a medi on the regular, tunes like the above, 'everyday, like everyday' do not seem conscious to the I. This sacred plant requires our full respect as it is here to serve and heal. Gwan farmer man..

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Re: STFU Weed Song
October 11, 2013 10:45AM
Again, I think people are mixing up the herb itself with the excessive reference to herb in reggae music that make it a joke, stoner genre to many, as well as covers up the more serious issues sung about in reggae.
Re: STFU Weed Song
October 11, 2013 10:47AM
As a teacher I am constantly trying to get my reggae students to move past marijuana themes to the deeper lyrics. It is very frustrating and the constant use of herb songs by California dj's (particularly cause I live in CA) makes it that much harder to defend it as anything more than weed music.
Re: STFU Weed Song
October 11, 2013 11:57AM
say what you want - reality is it pays some bills.
Re: STFU Weed Song
October 11, 2013 12:12PM
Edit: another issue for another thread.



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Re: STFU Weed Song
October 11, 2013 12:29PM
Weed songs are to reggae what booze is to the blues and beer is to polka. Integral to the genre, but ultimately boring. At least in good blues tunes, it's more about the complexity of human relationships and the consequences of drinking, rather than mere boasting about quantity, potency and/or the ability to transport. Yeah, and I already know it's good for meditation and relaxation.... Lot's of things are.

And as it gets more legal here in the states, it seems almost quaint to hear the near-constant calls from the stage for legalization. Chanting for legalization is fine, but voting will actually accomplish it.

Now if somebody would write a big weed tune that will keep kids from blowing themselves up making wax and concentrates, I'd be pleased.



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Re: STFU Weed Song
October 11, 2013 12:41PM
Greetings SNWMF phorum,

Long time massive. This is an interesting thread, indeed. I most def ovas the sentiment about faddish or ice cream style weed songs but it’s no mistake that herbs are a large part of reggae and Rasta culture that has its rightful and due place (though ones don’t have to smoke to be a Ras and not every artist partake of the herbs sameway). Still, well-crafted herb songs are anthems in their own right and nuff creative herb songs are still produced continually IMHO.

To comment on a previous reference to Anthony b’s “Weed Everyday”…this is an inherently BIG tune with BIG Vibes! More still, this tune has strong potential from a cross over point of view that can attract those more into hip-hop who are less likely to check more rootsy herb songs; working as a bridge from genres proportionately dominated by more slack themes into the more conscious vibes of reggae music.

Lots to be said for the lyric “herbs behind mi education, behind mi motivation”.

Another view of “weed everday like everday” could be…herbs without apology, regardless of smoking everday or not…and of course like anything else that is good for I, balance is a must.

Big Up the herbs, herbs man and well-crafted herb tunes

Respect
IYah Trod
Re: STFU Weed Song
October 11, 2013 01:23PM
...and more "crucially", who's still got the "stamina" to "smoke two spliffs" of "herb daily," anyway? Chaaa!
(see what I'm doing here?)
Re: STFU Weed Song
October 11, 2013 03:02PM
There are definitely artists and DJ's out there who make and play ganja tunes simply because they think that's what people want to hear and yea, some of em just aren't any good. However, to me, you can't really understand reggae as a genre if you're a new listener without having an appreciation for classics like "Police in Helicopter" "Stalk of Sensimilla" "Under Mi Sleng Teng" "Ganja Smuggling" or even newer tunes such as the Anthony B tune above, Alborosie's "Herbalist" or Warrior King's "Oh What a Feeling" just to name a few.

Big up the herbsman every time. Ganja fi life me say



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Re: STFU Weed Song
October 11, 2013 03:31PM
If all the reggae music that was financed with (overwhelmingly small-scale) earnings from ganja sales were to disappear, there goes the majority of reggae in the 70s and early 80s. This was the case until the mid to late '80s when the cocaine trade started to become the major method of financing recordings (interestingly enough, also the advent of dancehall). Personally, although I rarely live up to my stage name anymore, I'd much prefer to hear tunes celebrating the "healing of the nations" rather than extolling guns, bling, punanny, bleaching, burning the batty man etc. But that's just me. Still, I overstand what you're saying as a teacher who's constantly reasoning with the youth Jeff, and how so much of the social, cultural and political content of reggae can easily be lost in focusing on ganja (as an awful lot of the so-called "Cali-reggae" demonstrates). My own son thinks weed is for old farts like his dad's friends, and doesn't have much to do with it. He still likes and appreciates reggae on a musical and rhythmic level.



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Re: STFU Weed Song
October 11, 2013 04:27PM
Redwood Rebel, I would have to turn that around and say you can't really understand reggae unless you dig beneath the weed tunes and learn about history, the African experience, etc.

Herb, thanks for the overstanding. I realize mine is not the most popular opinion on this thread, but is realistically based in my own personal experiences as a teacher who loves reggae and lives/teaches in a heavy growing region.
Jeff



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Re: STFU Weed Song
October 11, 2013 05:31PM
I don't smoke, but I appreciate a well-written, catchy ganja tune as much as anyone else. Same way I'm an atheist but can still appreciate the Jah/God themes in reggae music as well. After all, it is only music.
Re: STFU Weed Song
October 11, 2013 05:35PM
Well at least this one is not a marijuana song.





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Re: STFU Weed Song
October 11, 2013 10:22PM
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Chimino
I don't smoke, but I appreciate a well-written, catchy ganja tune as much as anyone else. Same way I'm an atheist but can still appreciate the Jah/God themes in reggae music as well. After all, it is only music.

Time and time again I agree with you Chimino.

It's only music/entertainment..for real
Re: STFU Weed Song
October 12, 2013 02:59AM
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spliffp
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Chimino
I don't smoke, but I appreciate a well-written, catchy ganja tune as much as anyone else. Same way I'm an atheist but can still appreciate the Jah/God themes in reggae music as well. After all, it is only music.

Time and time again I agree with you Chimino.

It's only music/entertainment..for real

WERD
Re: STFU Weed Song
October 12, 2013 06:22AM
So the message in the music means nothing?
Re: STFU Weed Song
October 12, 2013 07:06AM
J, as Rockey Bailey always says at the start of the shows around here: the message is in the music, and the music is in the message. But what exactly is the message at this point? Too often, I find myself cringing at (or subconsciously ignoring) some of the uninspired, sophomoric weed tunes coming out on the new rhythms that I hear every single day in the Norcal reggae-sphere...

Don't get me wrong, it may well really be the healing of the nation. But when you spend real time with tweeners and teens banging around to soccer practice, carpools and camping trips, and the radio is tuned to one of the awesome bay area reggae DJ's and the volume is on 11, you have to explain over and over why some of these guys these guys are so absolutely obsessed with herb. And then when a bunch of eleven year old girls tell me that reggae sounds stupid when they only sing about pot, I say, get back on message.

I really love reggae. I wish my kids did, too.
Re: STFU Weed Song
October 12, 2013 08:34AM
Well i've had a very long relationship with the herb, which has changed during my life. I grew up in Alaska, where the herb was made legal when i was a teenager and through my college years, then i moved to Cali where it was much cheaper until the state started the CAMP wars and raised the price up for the dealers, then came the medical marijuana times which have brought us to the present state. The way i've thought about weed has changed a bit too. I didn't start listening to reggae really until about ten years ago, but i paid attention to how the herb is spoken about in music, which is my entertainment type of choice. In other genre's weed is spoken about as an intoxicant. In reggae, yes there are many songs which glorify the herb and don't really talk about it specifically. Then there are other songs which talk about a way of life of which herb is part of, that it's part of life and a good part which can bring positive effects also. These are the herb songs i like.

'Do you feel irie?' We could talk all day about what that means, but what it means to me is that feeling i got on sunday afternoon when Cherine Anderson was on stage and she called that couple up on stage with her. I looked at them and saw myself and my wife there, and i was bursting with emotion. Ya, i was feeling irie, and the ganja i had smoked was definitely part of it. Does alcohol make you feel irie? Not me. On the other hand, is the Perfect song '10 Pounds of Ganja' a little much, ya i would say so, but i did enjoy hearing him talk about it.

Love that reggae!
Re: STFU Weed Song
October 12, 2013 08:46AM
cannabis is a powerful plant medicine ... It need be respected as such & used in proper balanced dosage with appropraite medical diagnosis ... For example, aspirin is a plant medicine that was orignally extracted from the bark of the willow tree - but if aspirin is used inappropriately it will soon rot out the internal organs ... nowadays much of what passes as 'natural' bud has been genetically modified by successive breeding to push up the thc molecule and push down the thd molecule for the market appeal of a pretty look a stinky bouquet and its innebriating shock on the nervous system ... Habitual mis-use of the ganj will throw the inner life out of balance & often leads to adolescent onset schizophrenia or adult ganja psychosis ... Case in point => All three of the original Wailers lost their minds ... 2 at the end of their lives and the surviving Wailer is now an incoherent ego maniac. Those of that generation of heavy ganja smokers who learnt to moderate their intake are doing better ... those that did not learn to moderate their ganja intake are for the most part lost.

The ganj users would frequently dis the rum-head but but innebriation is innebriation ... Those who somehow still think the ganj will help you get 'irie' are mistakenly looking outside themselves for god because health, wholeness & happyness come from within ... Innapropriate use of any medicine is always a crutch to keep limping with - rather than heal the infirmity ... Irie-ness can only result from right thinking, speaking, acting, livlehood, effort, mindfullness & compassion for self and others.
Re: STFU Weed Song
October 12, 2013 08:59AM
This has been my favorite herb anthem of late. Great vocals and a nice riddim track, and some thoughtful lyrics from Mssrs. Toussaint and General implying that ganja can be a comfort in both good times and bad.
Re: STFU Weed Song
October 12, 2013 01:04PM
Peacemakeya, I do agree with your reasoning. I am a chronic 'chronic' user, but lately I have felt it doesn't do much for me. I am hoping to quit soon, or at least back off of it for a while, but it definitely holds a firm grip on ones' psyche/consciousness. In the past it helped me deal with the perils of Babylon, but now I'm feeling that irie-ness does indeed come more from "right thinking & speaking, acting, livlihood, effort, mindfulness & compassion for self and others". Bless Up!
Re: STFU Weed Song
October 12, 2013 07:40PM
An old Sufi saying is "Smoking Marijuana occasionally makes you wise. Smoking it too much turns you into a donkey.
Re: STFU Weed Song
October 13, 2013 02:46AM
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J_72
So the message in the music means nothing?

"Nothing" is subjective, but for the most part, no. Reggae/dancehall/rocksteady/ska all originated as dance music, and the riddim was generally more important than the lyrics being sung.
The idea of reggae being a "righteous" music and foremost a sociopolitical statement is pretty much an (white) American concept.



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Re: STFU Weed Song
October 13, 2013 03:38AM
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Chimino
The idea of reggae being a "righteous" music and foremost a sociopolitical statement is pretty much an (white) American concept.

Aside from the danceable beat and music, which is a given, you're saying that all the message music of the reggae I grew up with was a white concept?
Re: STFU Weed Song
October 13, 2013 07:40AM
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Chimino
The idea of reggae being a "righteous" music and foremost a sociopolitical statement is pretty much an (white) American concept.


Not so, last night i went to a rock show at Ashkenaz, ran into Sweetfoot from the Caribbean Allstars. He was just leaving because the opening act didn't do it for him and we had a little session outside. I offered that the main act played southern blues rock, and he asked me what i ever got from listening to blues or rock. Although we did not define what it was that one got from reggae rather than blues and rock, he was adamant that there was some righteousness and a message that one did get, and he claimed it came from that little island and not from here. I could not disagree with him.

Love that reggae!
Re: STFU Weed Song
October 13, 2013 08:35AM
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The idea of reggae being a "righteous" music and foremost a sociopolitical statement is pretty much an (white) American concept.

While this statement is pure poppycock imo I must confess that, from my vantage point, most (white Americans) tend to gravitate towards reggae music on account of the "sociopolitical statement" contained in the music. That would include the "Babylonian" concepts contained therein, the "sufferation," the interconnectedness (one love) sentiments, the livity (naturality) connections as well as the topic of this thread - the adoration of ganja.........
Re: STFU Weed Song
October 13, 2013 09:21AM
Interesting concepts brought up in this thread.

First of all i tend to agree in general that herb tunes are played out. I also agree that reggae in general is not a particularly righteous music. No doubt there is the conscious element (and that tends to be what I prefer), but it's certainly not overwhelmingly a "rasta" or even a "conscious" thing. I also think the drug culture associated with reggae music (often unfairly) has done a major disservice to the music. A lot of the artists/producers/etc... are non-smokers. When travelling, reggae artists/people in the reggae business are targeted at customs because of the drug culture, even those who have never smoked a spliff in their life. Although there is some benefit in intoxicants, the harm done by them and the elements of culture surrounding them is far outweighs the benefits

I'd be lying if I said there weren't ganja tunes I like (despite being a non-smoker). But in general, the topic is long since played out in the same vein as some of the other reggae cliches.
Re: STFU Weed Song
October 13, 2013 06:21PM
Blah, whatever. J72, you were whining "the message in the music means nothing?" and I simply stated, no, this "message" you speak of is mostly personal and, these days at least, mostly sold to foreigners who want to hear "righteousness" over reality/slackness, etc.
Re: STFU Weed Song
October 13, 2013 07:34PM
Nobody whining here, Chimino. Wanting clarification on a dubious statement is not whining, Sir.
Re: STFU Weed Song
October 13, 2013 10:42PM
Until it's 100% legal....
Run chune!
Re: STFU Weed Song
October 14, 2013 07:38AM
the second most popular term for deejay is selector......gwaan selector, run some quality tunes
Re: STFU Weed Song
October 14, 2013 09:06AM
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J_72
Nobody whining here, Chimino. Wanting clarification on a dubious statement is not whining, Sir.

And there was nothing dubious about my original statement, in fact I thought it was pretty clearly stated. But good day to you, sir.
Re: STFU Weed Song
October 14, 2013 09:22AM
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J_72
Redwood Rebel, I would have to turn that around and say you can't really understand reggae unless you dig beneath the weed tunes and learn about history, the African experience, etc.

Herb, thanks for the overstanding. I realize mine is not the most popular opinion on this thread, but is realistically based in my own personal experiences as a teacher who loves reggae and lives/teaches in a heavy growing region.
Jeff

I won't disagree with you in the slightest there J_72. There any many different deep and important messages of reggae music. Is the ganja the most important message frequently brought up in reggae lyrics that people should focus on? No, not at all. But you can't deny its heavy influence on the style of music we all love

And the majority younger kids might think reggae music is all ganja music, but a majority of the younger kids these days listen to Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, 2 Chainz and Lil Wayne so their opinion is irrelevant any how
Re: STFU Weed Song
October 14, 2013 10:54AM
Dubious- "not to be relied upon; suspect."

I would indeed say your statement regarding conscious lyrics/reggae to be a creation of (white) America very suspect, and not to be relied upon. It leaves out many other factors, and I know you know this, Chimino.

Good day to you too, Sir.

Jeff

Edit: grammar



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Re: STFU Weed Song
October 14, 2013 03:27PM
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strikkly
the second most popular term for deejay is selector......gwaan selector, run some quality tunes

"I'm not jokin', marijuana is not jus for smokin'!"



Re: STFU Weed Song
October 14, 2013 03:34PM
That was ONE lyrical example.
And here is a musical one....


Re: STFU Weed Song
October 14, 2013 03:42PM
Fair enough Jeff, though that was not my original statement, where I was giving an opinion of feeling the music despite not subscribing to the lyrics on a personal level. You responded 'So the message in the music means nothing?". I shouldn't style you up as a "whiner" which is unfair, but seeking altruism in music (largely performed by people whose sole intention is to make money) is generally an American/Californian take on reggae.

edit: misspelled your name



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Re: STFU Weed Song
October 15, 2013 06:49AM
Had a great moment driving back from the Rennaissance Faire Sunday night.

Two of my daughter's 11 y.o. friends bought little clay bird whistles at that Faire that really looked like mini ganja pipes. They were blowing crazy birdsongs along with the generally crappy pop tunes on the commercial radio stations that they demand.

I was losing it during one of the endless, bombastic commercial breaks and said "This station sucks. Can I turn on some real music?" And to them, in my car, that always means reggae. So I flipped the switch, and on came some really old Israel Vibration. Roots. But then a phone call came in from the wife and the CD was off.

Moments later, when I wasn't looking, the radio was stabbed back on by a sticky little finger. And then, like a message from Jah, Katy Perry's new hit chune rang out on 101.7, and the girls in the back seat starting freestyling a full on ganja tune with bird whistles blazing, lyrics upon lyrics. Just for me. For like twenty minutes.

What have I done to these poor gurls?



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Re: STFU Weed Song
October 15, 2013 10:30AM
Respect Chimino, we can agree to disagree, although I agree making money is part of the effort.

This conversation reminds me of Spear's song Identity, very fitting.

Peace
Re: STFU Weed Song
October 15, 2013 02:51PM
Thats hilarious Jahsprey. My daughter and i used to battle over the tunes also. We finally settled on no tunes, just conversation in the car as we both felt it was better than listening to the others' music.

Love that reggae!
Re: STFU Weed Song
October 15, 2013 03:16PM
Chimino, I want to make clear that I do not hold reggae artists to their own lyrics, most of the time. Humans are humans, even Rasta musicians. Too long ago that bubble burst, if you know what I mean. I disagree with the idea that conscious lyrics are a creation of white America. I would even go a step further and say that conscious lyrics sell less than slackness, or even feel good stuff, so it must mean more than money.
Re: STFU Weed Song
October 17, 2013 05:57AM
for the time being, i have 'stfu' the whole reggae thing..

i have moved from musicians whining about white injustices, while black on black homicides are at an all time high.. to white, affluent white musicians whining about daddy not buying them a bmw at 16(pearl jam, stp, nirvana)

anyone suggest some extraordinary cheese while i induldge in my whine of the week?
Re: STFU Weed Song
October 17, 2013 10:47AM
extraordinary:



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