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Drug References in Country Music

Thursday, April 27th, 2017
by: Andrea Domanick

Contrary to your mother’s concerns, rap mentions drugs the least out of any genre, according to a new study.

Following our theory that Drake doesn’t have a clue about smoking weed, today we bring you some cold, hard science to back it up (maybe). A new study from about drugs in music has found that, contrary to your mother’s concerns, rap is the genre least likely to reference drugs. As it turns out, country features the most drug mentions, the bulk of which we assume can be attributed to Willie Nelson’s catalog.

Of the eight genres analyzed, country took the top slot—and by no small margin—followed by jazz, pop, electronic, rock, “other,” folk, and rap. The study also found that drug mentions in music overall are on the wane, with a big spike in the mid-00s followed by a sharp decline since 2013.

“I think there was a huge drug culture in the 90s that was blossoming into rap music that simply isn’t as big as it once was,” data scientist Logan Freedman told Newsweek. “It’s really amazing, I think because marijuana has become more normalized in our culture, a lot of country artists are singing about it more often than ever.” Nice.

Rappers do, however, make up many of the top 20 artists who most frequently mention drugs. Kottonmouth Kings take the top slot, with 344 references to, you guessed it, weed, and 440 references overall. Other heavy hitters (heh) include Lil Wayne, with 247 references, Eminem with 305, The Game with 285, and Insane Clown Posse, with 167 mentions.

Researchers conducted the study by scraping lyrics from 1.41 million tracks in the Song Meanings API database, examining drug mentions, type, and how those changed over time. Some of the slang terms they scanned for include: Acid, adderall, addy, ativan, bars, blotter, blow, blues, blunt, bud, buddha, chronic, cid, cocaine, coke, crack, crank, dank, dope, dose, doses, dro, ecstasy, gak, h, heroin, hydro, ice, joint, key, lean, lortab, LSD, lucy, Marijuana, MDMA, meth, methamphetamine, microdot, molly, morphine, oxy, oxycontin, perc, Percocet, Percocets, piff, pill, pot, powder, purp, Promethazine, roxy, speed,sizzurp, spliff, syrup, tab, tabs, tar, tweak, upper, Valium, vicodin, weed, white, x, and Xanax.

It’s interesting stuff, but it’s also worth noting that at multiple points the study appears to make some dubious, at best, suggestions about a connection between drug mentions in music and actual drug abuse: “If we consider art as developing downstream from culture, it’s very easy to see how musicians are becoming more direct and vocal about such habits. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, illicit drug use saw an 8.2 percent increase between 2002 and 2013 in the United States alone.”

:::Thinking face emoji::: So, maybe take all this with a grain of bath salt (just kidding, please don’t do bath salts).

Andrea Domanick is Noisey’s West Coast Editor. Follow her on Twitter

Willie Nelson on the dangers of marijuana

Friday, April 21st, 2017

Friday, March 31st, 2017

Willie Nelson taking a break in Palm Beach County, the country music maverick indulges his taste for hand-rolled herbal cigarettes.

Annie Nelson’s Infused Edibles

Monday, March 27th, 2017

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by:  Cillea Houghton

Willie Nelson‘s wife, Annie, is piggybacking on the singer’s marijuana advocacy with the announcement of her own business, Annie’s Edibles. As a branch of the singer’s cannabis company, Willie’s Reserve, Annie’s Edibles makes its debut with artisan chocolates the first product.

Currently available at select dispensaries in Washington state, the hand-crafted chocolates are made from natural techniques, with the chocolate itself made from “consciously sourced ingredients” and low-heat processes that sustain the product’s raw qualities, according to a press release. Whole-plant extraction maintains the richness of the cannabis plant, with the chocolates containing a dose of 5mg of THC.

“I make my infused chocolates for people who want to enjoy gourmet cannabis chocolate in a controllable way. It’s important that my chocolates are suitable for those with diet restrictions – whether someone is vegan, has Celiac Disease or gluten allergies, requires a low or balanced sweetener diet or if they have a low tolerance to cannabis they can still enjoy the benefits of my infused chocolates,” Annie says of her products. She also utilizes a “Zero Crap Policy” that allows the chocolates to be vegan, gluten-free, environmentally-conscious and 100 percent raw.

Willie’s Reserve was launched by the legendary country singer in 2016 that features a line of cannabis products garnered from responsible growers. The products are available in Colorado, Washington and Nevada. Nelson recently made a surprise appearance at the 2017 SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas, after canceling several shows due to illness. He’s also set to take the stage at a Merle Haggard tribute concert in Nashville on April 6.


Willie Nelson and Diaz Brothers marijuana

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

Country music legend (and pot icon) Willie Nelson was proudly displaying his new boxes of the new Nick and Nate Diaz line of marijuana cigarettes.

The company behind the pot products say “Nate’s Energy” weed is a pre-workout blend and “Nick’s Recovery” is to help athletes post-training.

Or, if you’re Willie Nelson … pre-show, post-show?

Willies Reserve at CannaCon Seattle 2017

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

“This year’s CannaCon Seattle has been an extremely successful event. Our vendors made huge sales, endless connections and everyone learned something new!


It’s 4:20 Somewhere

Monday, February 20th, 2017

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Willie’s Reserve on Instagram

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

Flowers and Chocolates for Valentines Day #AnnieNelson’sChocolates

Friday, February 10th, 2017

Annie’s Nelson’s Whole Flower Infused Chocolates is gluten free, dairy free and vegan.  Ingredients are never heated above 120°.

Willie’s Reserve Annie’s Chocolates are sold at designated recreational marijuana dispensaries in states where the use, sale and possession of marijuana, for adults, is legal pursuant to state law.

Willie Nelson art, by Greg Parker

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

President Trump issues another Executive Order #WillieNelsonHeadofDEA

Friday, February 3rd, 2017

Willie Nelson in Las Vegas #WilliesReserve

Friday, February 3rd, 2017
by:  John Katsilometes

I’ve occasionally encountered a busker in downtown Las Vegas dressed as Willie Nelson,but this was the genuine article.

Seemingly recovered from the illness that caused him to cancel last weekend’s performances at Venetian Theater, the country music icon turned up in the Arts District on Tuesday night. The “Willie Nelson & Family” performances were to return to the stage Wednesday night, and again Friday and Saturday.

Generating buzz by his mere presence, Nelson stopped at Exile Boutique apparel and guitar shop on Main Street, just south of Charleston Boulevard. He was on hand to promote his new Willie Nelson Reserve line of cannabis products, grown and harvested in Las Vegas by Redwood Cultivation. Willie’s Reserve is being distributed at eight area medical marijuana dispensaries.

Nelson walked in amid a haze of smoke that reminded of a scene in “Refer Madness,” or the Titanic number in “Jubilee.” He was greeted by a sea of well-wishers that included Corey Harrison of “Pawn Stars” and Plaza Chief Executive Officer Jonathan Jossel.

Keeping in form, Nelson fired up a few samples and passed them around the room, which swiftly took on the fragrance of a Snoop Dogg concert.

I asked Nelson about his health, which was the reason for last weekend’s cancellation of his shows. “I’m good. I’m getting there.” He then nodded to the throng in the store and said, “Good crowd, huh?” I told him, “I’ve been to a lot of events in Las Vegas, but nothing quite like this.”

“Well, we have a lot of good people working hard and I want everybody to be happy and get along,” he said. “We have a good product, and I think they’re having fun.”

He then offered a sample, lighter at the ready. “Not tonight,” I said. “Not any night actually.” And so it goes …


Willie Nelson launches Willie’s Reserve in Las Vegas

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017

Marijuana advocate, country legend and actor Willie Nelson was at the music store Exile on Main Street in Downtown Las Vegas on Tuesday night for a private party to celebrate Redwood Cultivation becoming the exclusive cultivator and distributor of Willie’s Reserve in Nevada. I have never seen so much blue haze in my life!

When I went for dinner afterward, the restaurant staff wanted to inhale my jacket! Eight Las Vegas area medical dispensaries will sell his signature pre-rolled joints. In addition to Willie-branded T-shirts, hoodies, lighters and baseball caps, Willie even has dark chocolate almond bites, although for the party, there was no marijuana in the samples.

Nice to know that the bites are 100 percent vegan and gluten and dairy free. Willie, who begins a run at The Venetian tonight and returns Friday and Saturday, went behind the counter to chat with fans and fellow smokers and pose for photographs.

There has to be something in his Willie’s Reserve because his career has lasted six decades, he has produced more than 200 albums, and he celebrates his 84th birthday April 29. His ninth studio album on Sony’s Legacy drops April 28.

“God’s Problem Child” is an album of all-new recordings, adding 13 new songs to his repertoire. This album is the first to debut Willie’s all-new songs since “Band of Brothers” hit No. 1 on the Billboard Country Charts in 2014.

Willie says the album reflects on mortality while marveling at the beauty and absurdity of it. “God’s Problem Child” finds Willie at one of the creative peaks of his career writing and singing with the seasoned wit and wisdom that can only come from the kind of life he’s living.

One of his new songs, “Still Not Dead,” pokes fun at the many exaggerated reports of his demise he’s heard over the years, while “Delete and Fast Forward” is his unabashed analysis of the 2016 U.S. elections and how to deal with the aftermath.

“God’s Problem Child” opens with Willie’s performance of “Little House on the Hill,” a song written by Lyndel Rhodes, Buddy Cannon’s 92-year-old mother. Last October, a video of Lyndel hearing Willie singing her song for the first time became a viral sensation.

Willie continues to make music every day. When he’s not in the studio, he’s on the road again performing more than 100 shows in the last year, including Farm Aid, 4th of July Picnic, ACL Festival, First Outlaw Festival and more.

True to form, Willie rolled up in his touring bus Tuesday night and parked outside Exile. Post-appearance, he hopped right back on and took off for The Venetian.

Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard, “It’s All Going to Pot”

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017