Hi Life: The weed rap of Devin the Dude

Houston emcee Devin the Dude

Lil B's Hoop Life mixtape. Prince Paul's A Prince Among Thieves. MF DOOM's Mm.. Food. The concept album has a celebrated history in rap, allowing its advocates to set up creative boundaries to work within and thrive. At their best, rappers can cover a 360-degree view of their topic of choice, spitting from all angles at the subject at play.

But the concept career, that's a much more ambitious spin. Since 1998, Houston emcee Devin the Dude has taken the weed strain in rap to new heights, rhyming about his favorite herb with casual grace and a stoned sense of spacing. A lesser rapper would be accused of shtick for such a specific mission statement, but the 44-year-old Dude has met wide critical acclaim. Though his 8 LP's have only scraped the Billboard charts, his billowing flow helped Devin earn his most famous accolade from Prefix: Devin the Dude is "your favorite rapper's favorite rapper."

In anticipation of his gig tomorrow night at Backstage Live, we've compiled a playlist of the Dude's best marijuana work.

Devin the Dude


9pm Sat, Aug 9

Backstage Live

1305 E Houston

(210) 698-2856






Scroll to read more Music Stories & Interviews articles
Join the San Antonio Current Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state.
Help us keep this coverage going with a one-time donation or an ongoing membership pledge.


Join SA Current Newsletters

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.