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We Got High With Phoenix's Stoner Rap Wizard, Hot Rock Supa Joint; Here's What Happened

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Well over six feet tall, Supa Joint rocks black go-go boots, a thin goatee, lemon-tinted aviator glasses, and tight red jeans. His arms are sleeved in gaudy, Ed Hardy-style tattoos, and his shirt is flung open to reveal pot-leaf-shaped bling dangling in tufts of chest hair. And, of course, there's that incredible mane of hair, enough of it make even Weird Al green with envy.

On our drive to the downtown Phoenix venue, we talk old-school hip-hop. Hot Rock (who claims to be from Europe but is so stoned he doesn't remember where, exactly) recalls hearing the Beastie Boys when they broke through, and he tells me he likes to channel the mid-'80s energy of MCs like Digital Underground's Humpty Hump.

"Look at that time frame right there," Supa Joint says. "It was right before gangsta. It was when Tupac was still wearing a diaper and fucking a blowup doll on stage. Make it fun, take on a character, and blow that shit up."

Hot Rock tunes in a mainstream radio station. The man's gotta keep a pulse on what's hitting — and make sure he isn't doing anything remotely like it.

He starts talking messages, because good hip-hop brings a message to the masses.

Macklemore has his pro-gay songs, and Saul Williams spits rhymes about ditching rap's fake tough-guy act. And Supa Joint brings "Weed Weed Mothafucka," because "the world needs more weed songs, mang."

The idea is to get folks more comfortable with the idea of legalization — at least as comfortable as America has been with alcohol and cigarettes — while having a blast doing it. Hot Rock says it should be a 13-and-over kind of deal (keep in mind Supa Joint was practically born high and started smoking on the regular when he was just 9) but notes that we should let kids' "chemicals figure themselves out before you start throwing a bunch of other shit on top of it."

We pull up to the venue and start unloading his gear.

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Troy Farah is an independent journalist and documentary field producer. He has worked with VICE, Fusion, LA Weekly, Golf Digest, BNN, Tucson Weekly, and Phoenix New Times.
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