Editor's note: If you grew up in South Florida, you've lived a
delightfully half-baked existence. You've definitely smoked the
stickiest crippy and the worst Jamaican schwag. County Grind got all
stoned and thought, why not ask these toasty South Florida musicians to
give us a taste of their favorite pot-inspired songs in preparation for
420? This Chronic Cover series introduces you to both songs about weed
and local talents. For the full list, click here.
A Chronic Cover compilation would be insignificant if it did not include at least one Bob Marley number. Seriously, can you think of any other artist in the history of herb culture that is more synonymous with ganja living than Mr. Marley? Like peanut butter and jelly, Bob Marley and weed are tied together in the psyche of music fans and bong aficionados alike.
The momentous aspect of Marley is that his music and message transcended pop culture. Sure, today Legends
is a staple at frat-party keggers and smogging sessions done in teenyboppers' parents' Volvos, but don't let that deter from the fact that he turned cannabis-smoking into something spiritual and life-affirming. With his Rastafarian roots and devotion to Jah, Marley was considered by many to be a prophet, not your common-day pop idol by any means.
With that said, Boca Raton's "subtropic pop" sensation Mike Mineo
showed great foresight in being the first to select a Marley song for this compilation when New Times
asked contributors for their preferential choices. Mineo proves to be particularly astute with his choosing of "Kaya" from Marley's catalog. Thankfully, one of a handful of Bob Marley tunes not entirely played-out.