On their just released ‘High Life’ collaboration, dancehall legend Buju Banton and rap superstar Snoop Dogg join musical forces about the magical mysteries of marijuana.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Buju (born Mark Anthony Myrie) stated that the breezy, horn-laced title is “about how innate consciousness and connection is to the blessed herbs.” “Not just from a feel good perspective but also a spiritual level as well. It was our intent to pay homage to that sacrament,” as Snoop Dogg raps, “Pass me chalice/Real ganja baby inside Buckingham Palace.”
“High Life” marks the first time Banton and Snoop have collaborated, with the former saying of the latter, “What I admire about Snoop’s approach to his craft is his ability to always reinvent and diversify his mass appeal. Combining our styles on this track was tremendous achievement. We did the unthinkable by the most unconventional method.”
“High Life” is one of several singles the Jamaican musician has released this year, along with his solo single, “Media Dolly,” and “Lord I Thank You,” a collaboration with Nitty Kutchie. His most recent LP, Upside Down2020, was released three years ago, and marked his first full length since 2010’s Before the Dawn, and his first since being released from prison in 2018 after serving seven years on drug and gun charges.
For Snoop Dogg (born Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr.), “High Life” is just the second piece of new music he’s shared this year, following “Tomorrow,” a song for for the Godfather of Harlem soundtrack that features Denaun. Notwithstanding music, Snoop appeared in a Super Bowl commercial with Martha Stewart and also made an appearance at WrestleMania, where he took down the Miz.