Music: Kottonmouth Kings

There's no other way to cut it: the Kottonmouth Kings love marijuana, and they do it as unabashedly and as loudly as legally possible. The only thing that this septet is committed to more than their beloved ganja is their music. The Orange County-bred Ki

There's no other way to cut it: the Kottonmouth Kings love marijuana, and they do it as unabashedly and as loudly as legally possible. They have songs like “We Got the Chronic,” “Proud to be a Stoner,” and “Where's the Weed At.” Album titles include 1998's Royal Highness, 2000's High Society, 2002's Rollin' Stoned and last October's The Green Album. In 2006, High Times christened them “Band of the Year.” Stoner culture even somehow seems to permeate their choice of current tourmates (one of whom is named “Potluck”).

The only thing that this septet is committed to more than their beloved ganja is their music. The Orange County-bred Kings perform an unusual blend of genres that they dub “Rip Hop.”

In the understanding of mic man Brad “Daddy X”, “Rip Hop is a style we created when we fused old school hardcore Punk Rock and Hip Hop into one song. There were a lot of people doing Rap Rok and mixing Metal with Rap. No one I have ever known has mixed Punk and Hip Hop.”

The resulting concoction is occasionally light-hearted, often seedy and heavy on both swagger and sound effects. The Kings play Bogart’s with La Coka Nostra, Blaza Ya Dead Homie, Big B, Short Dawg and Potluck. Get Sound Advice here.

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