In 1995, Hakim Green, a member of the 90s hip hop duo “Channel Live”, dropped the album Station Identification featuring their lead single “Mad Izm,” a collaboration with rapper KRS-One. “Mad Izm” became a hit, peaking at 54 on the Billboard Hot 100 and 3 on Hot Rap Singles. Depicting a positive side of recreational smoking rather than the usual negative characterizations, it was one of the few times cannabis was being celebrated in mainstream media instead of condemned.
“Growing up, I witnessed two generations of people being affected by the War on Drugs,” Green explained. “Weed was something that brought people together to have fun and that was not being acknowledged. ‘Mad Izm’ allowed us to change that.”
In the 25 years since ‘Mad Izm’ topped the charts, attitudes towards weed have shifted tremendously. Cannabis has become something to celebrate, a business opportunity, a legal matter. However while some have been able to enjoy this switch, many in the Black community continue to face legal repercussions of weed enforced by the War on Drugs.
To continue his advocacy for cannabis and the Black community, Green created the site MadIzm in 2016 which he describes as “The Ultimate Cannabis Journal”. Bringing hip hop and cannabis lovers together, MadIzm promotes the responsible use of cannabis and hemp.
“I saw how cannabis legislation was starting to really take off and I wanted to be a part of it the way MadIzm was before,” Green explained.
As Green grew up in the generations directly impacted by the War on Drugs, his site goes into great detail about the causes and effects of this political operation. Additionally, the site features interviews with people in cannabis and links to other sources discussing all aspects of cannabis such as business, international news, research, and legalization.
Green’s “Madizm Mondays” can be found on the site as well. With the use of Twitch, he hosts a show with various guests. During the show, they discuss matters such as music, cannabis, and injustice towards the black community, all while smoking weed. Green also sells a line of Mad Izm logo shirts and smoking devices through the site, with plans of expanding to sweatshirts in the near future.
“The site is a place for all social issues. Racism, sexism, all of it.” Green emphasized.
In addition to the site, Green has also continued to work in music. In honor of the 25th anniversary of “Mad Izm”, Green released his album Madizm – Who Wants This Smoke on 4/20/20. The entire album is cannabis-related, with some discussing more specific topics such as The War on Drugs.
Green started working on a few of the songs in 2015 and eventually decided to create an entire album. The album features artists both new and old such as KRS-One, General Steele, Dres, Carl Thomas, Treach, DoltAll, Keith Murray, Thirstin Howl the 3rd, DJ Exes, Grimass Dynasty, Da Real Gato, Dugg the Rqst, Aankhcito, The Boy Illinois, Stichiz, Mecca Grimo, Sadat X, R Kitech, Minty Burns, Pfish, and DJ Big Enuff. Along with the album, Green dropped a video for his song “I Believe” ft Carl Thomas which was shot on location in Miami, Florida.
The album can be found on all streaming platforms including Itunes and Spotify. If you wish to stay up to date with MadIzm’s latest content, including MadIzm Mondays, you can visit madizm.info or follow the site’s Twitter and Instagram.