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Afroman in Daytona Beach, Florida, October 11, 2009
Background information
Birth name Joseph Foreman
Born July 29, 1974 (1974-07-29) (age 35)
Palmdale, California, United States
Genres Comedy hip hop
Instruments Vocals, Guitar
Years active 1992–present
Labels Universal Motown, T-Bones
Associated acts Mr. Mixx, Lowkey

Joseph Foreman (born July 29, 1974), better known by his stage name Afroman, is an American rapper who came to prominence with his singles "Because I Got High" and "Crazy Rap". "Because I Got High" circulated around the Internet before becoming a hit worldwide. He was nominated for a Grammy award in 2002.


Music career

In 1999, he released his first album, Sell Your Dope; he later relocated to Hattiesburg, Mississippi,[1] where he met drummer Jody Stallone, keyboardist/bassist Daryl Havard, and producer Tim Ramenofsky (aka "Headfridge"). Ramenofsky produced and released Afroman's second album Because I Got High in 2000 on T-Bones Records; it initially was distributed primarily through concerts and the file-sharing service Napster before its title track was played on The Howard Stern Show. Afroman based the song's lyrical content on his inability to clean his room; and ran with the idea of everyday tasks being derailed by drug use.[1] In late 2001, the song became a worldwide hit and was featured in the films Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, The Perfect Score, and Disturbia later in the 2000s. Because of the single's success, Afroman joined the lineup of Cypress Hill's fall festival Smoke Out with Deftones, Method Man, and others.[2] Universal Records signed Afroman to a six-album deal; Universal released The Good Times in 2001, a compilation of Afroman's first two albums and some new tracks.[1] "Because I Got High" was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo Performance in 2002.[3]

Starting in 2004, Afroman released his music independently and mostly through the Internet.[1] He recorded a comedy album that year, Jobe Bells, mocking traditional Christmas songs.[4]



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