Joseph "Afroman" Foreman, who found
worldwide success with his humorous song "Because I Got High," has
given his life to God.
The new found faith has him at odds with Universal
Records, whom he says cares more about money than art.
"They have no faith in it," Foreman
told the Hattiesburg American. "They want to keep me in the marijuana jar.
They want me to be Redd Fox. … Universal is a bunch of people that are looking
at charts and bank accounts and they don’t know music. They’ve got history with
the old Afroman and they don’t want to roll the dice."
Foreman’s album "The Good Times," was
a gold selling album in the United States and went platinum overseas.
"Life is not promised. God created me. He
gave me a voice and a talent to spread his word. Instead of telling people that,
I was telling them to get high," he said with a laugh.
Foreman said that he may change his name and
use a symbol instead, as did Prince for a period of his career. Foreman was
not concerned if Universal dropped him.
His goal, he says, is to reach young Christians
who love rap. If need be, Foreman said he would start his own record label to
release his music.
"Seriously, I’m a new person. In Christianity,
we have to glorify God. Afroman was glorifying myself."