Smart Bets: Afroman

Joseph Edgar Foreman, aka Afroman, launched his career by selling home recordings of his raps to his eighth-grade classmates. His first tape, which moved 400 copies, was about a teacher who’d had him kicked out of school. “It was selling to teachers, students, just about everybody,” he says in a press release. “I realized that, even though I wasn’t at school, my song was at school, so in a way I was still there.” Afroman went on to earn a Grammy nomination and record hits like “Crazy Rap” and “Because I Got High.” (He’s also aligned with personal totems like a giant pot leaf necklace and a 40-ounce bottle of Colt 45.) Afroman plays Asheville Music Hall on Wednesday, June 4, at 10 p.m. Philo, Metaphonia and members of Empire Strikes Brass also perform. $15 advance/$18 day of show. Photo courtesy of Afroman

About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall is the arts section editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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