If you look at many of the top tracks and on the Billboard charts, you’ll notice most of the subject matter deals with love, partying, or inhabiting Chris Brown’s body. So, I could not help but be completely surprised, dazed, almost confused, when I found out that an album featuring my scolding rap on cannabis legalization had hit not one, but eight different Billboard Charts, including the numero uno (#1) on the Billboard Heatseekers chart, #9 on Rap Charts, and #11 on Independent Charts.
The album, The Whoodlum Ball, was produced by Smith & Hay, DJ Whoo Kid, and Ranna Royce. It features big-name rappers, cool up-and-comers and O.G.’s like Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA and Inspectah Deck, Twista, Lil Windex, Riff Raff, and Parliament-Funkadelic’s Jerome “Bigfoot” Brailey.
So, how did I, a humble cannabis writer, get on this chart-topping record?
It all started in my shower.
I had recently seen famed playwright Lin-Manuel Miranda deliver a spot-on performance explaining Puerto Rico’s debt crisis on Last Week Tonight with John Oliver and thought: This guy would make for a great interview and could definitely add value to my book on cannabis business for Entrepreneur, which I was writing at the time.
I knew it would be hard to get him to talk about cannabis, even from a medical perspective. So I tried to get creative with my pitch. Over a longer-than-usual shower, I came up with a poem, a rendition of one of Lin-Manuel’s own, to send him:
Yo, Lin. Allow me to use your “ritmo,”
To talk cannabis legalization.
Let me tell you about the Washingtons that could fund education.
We could create a lot of wealth for every state in our great Nation,
A multiple billion-dollar basis of new taxation.
After about 15 minutes I had an entire song. I wrote it all down as soon as I got out of the shower.
Then I sent the whole, 300-word poem to Lin-Manuel’s team. Let’s just say the response was not what I hoped:
“Regrettably, due to his work schedule, he is unavailable for an interview at this time. I’ll be in touch should his schedule change.”
Disappointed? Yes, but I still cherished the poem. It was fun writing…