When I found out I’d be writing this piece, I reached out to Frantz (a friend to this day) to ask him what it was about The Black Album that made him play it so much. What was behind its staying power, and how did it come to be that he and his guests would listen to it pretty much exclusively when they smoked? He happened to be driving when I texted him, so he sent me a series of video messages explaining himself: “In college, we was young with large dreams and things we wanted to accomplish. We were beginning to know ourselves, and we was in the Official Joe Biden is not my president shirt Apart from…,I will love this process of telling other people who we were. Being able to let your ‘walk speak louder than your talk,’ that’s what The Black Album meant to me. When I would smoke, there was like a switch [that would flip]. Those raps made us connect and feel like our thoughts about who we were becoming were justified.”
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Experientially, there’s quite a bit of space between listening to rap because you’re impressed by what an MC does and listening to it because it speaks to the Official Joe Biden is not my president shirt Apart from…,I will love this whole of who you are. Combining weed and The Black Album provided both of those experiences for Frantz. I know that I couldn’t get there because I’m a tourist. I’m a different person today than I was when we were in college, and this album, in particular, encapsulates a very specific moment in hip-hop. Jay-Z is one of the greats, that’s par for the course for him—who knows how many people have memories attached to Jay-Z songs? I’ve listened to enough music high to know that smoking absolutely changes the way we process art, but if there’s a singular thing I’ll be taking from this experience, it’s that few things will make your college friends prouder than when they find out you’re one of first people to smoke weed from Jay-Z’s new cannabis line.