Rapper, poet, and guitarist Afroman was born Joseph Edgar Foreman on July 28, 1974, in Los Angeles, California, and got the stage name after being mocked about his Afro Hairstyle by a girl in his teens. He used to play the drums at church as a kid. However, when he was 13 years old, he began writing lyrics and making beats at home and selling them to classmates as mixtapes. During his high school years, he wrote and sold over 400 copies of a rap about his teacher. Afroman dropped out of Palmdale High School in 1991, attempting to break into the rap music industry.
Afroman’s debut album, My Fro-losophy, was released in 1998, however it was a “failure.” He released Sell Your Dope the next year, 1999, and later relocated to Hattiesburg, Mississippi, where he still resides. He formed a band with drummer Jody Stallone and keyboardist/bassist Daryl Havard there.
In 2001, he released the single “Because I Got High” from the studio album The Good Times, a compilation of the rapper’s first two albums published on the Universal Records label. “Because I Got High” reached number one in the United Kingdom (UK) and number 40 on the Billboard R&B chart.
It was also a hit in Australia, Austria, Germany, and New Zealand, selling over 500,000 units worldwide and earning a Grammy Award nomination for “Best Rap Solo Performance” in 2002. Later that year, from the Sell Your Dope album, Afroman released “Crazy Rap,” which peaked at number 10 in the UK.
Drunk’n’High, A Colt.45 Christmas, and other works by Afroman were released in 2006. Frobama: Head of State, his studio album, was released in 2009.
In 2014, Afroman released a remix of his Grammy-nominated song “Because I Got High,” which he used to promote marijuana legalization across the United States. Throughout his career, Afroman has released 32 albums. His most recent albums were Happy To Be Alive (2016), Cold Fro-T-5, and Two Frigg Fraggs. Angie Foreman is his wife.