×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

‘How High 2’ Updates Stoner Classic With New Gen Stars Lil Yachty and D.C. Young Fly

The 2001 comedy “How High” is a classic of the stoner genre. Starring rappers Method Man and Redman as Silas and Jamal, they play average students who turn Ivy League. After smoking a special strain of marijuana, the two ace their college entrance exams and wind up at Harvard. Taking the college life in stride, when their supply of supernatural grade marijuana runs dry, the true hijinks begin.

Eighteen years — or a full generation — later, the franchise is being revived by Universal 1440 Entertainment, which naturally chose April 20 for its premiere on MTV. The hip-hop centric plot centers around best buds Roger, played by Lil Yachty, and Calvin, played by D.C. Young Fly, Atlanta “potrepreneurs” who go on “a magical weed-filled journey to fund their on-demand munchies delivery start-up.”

The movie features cameos by notable local personalities including rappers Lil Baby and Blac Youngsta, “Real Housewives of Atlanta” cast members NeNe Leakes and Cynthia Bailey and Justine Skye.

Atlanta figures behind the scenes, too. Quality Control, home to Migos, Lil Yachty, City Girls, founders Kevin “Coach K” Lee and Pierre “P” Thomas executive produce the film. And the movie’s top-shelf soundtrack includes such tracks as “Forever Young” by Lil Yachty featuring Diplo, “Stir Fry” by Migos, “100 Miles & Running” by Logic featuring Wale and John Lindahl.

Young Fly, whose real name is John Whitfield, started out as an MC in the Atlanta area, opening for Chris Brown’s 2017 The Party Tour. He later segued to music and acting and can next be seen in Lionsgate’s “Two Minutes of Fame,” Nick Cannon’s “She Ball,” Master P’s “I Got the Hook Up 2,” as well as a recurring role on ABC’s “Grown-ish.” More recently, he embarked on his own headlining standup tour, which stopped at the Savoy in Inglewood, Calif., last month where he sat with Variety.

What does “How High” mean to you?
It’s a culture. Me and Lil Yachty are helping to bridge the gap from the old generation and new generation. We’re trying to help broaden “How High” to our audience. It’s 2019. It’s been since 2001 when they dropped it, so 18 years of legacy. For them to say, “We want ya’ll to do it,” it’s a blessing.

How does it feel stepping into the shoes of Meth and Redman?
Those are the OGs who paved the way and it’s on us to carry the weight and make sure we keep [the legacy] alive — and we definitely kept it alive. But now that weed is legal, it’s a different way of thinking. It’s a different journey of smoking.

Weed was still taboo in 2001. Since it’s become decriminalized, does that take some of the fun away?
It don’t take none of the fun away. It’s beautiful! You can smoke weed in front of the police, I don’t see how that ain’t fun. Back where I’m from, you got to still smoke it in the house or in the yard. Ya’ll smoking freely out here, it’s just like “go get it.” ID, any store. All you gotta do is type in Yelp and it’ll pull up dispensaries. You know how many times they ask if I’m a first time shopper? Hell yeah, I ain’t from out here! Take my ID and sell me some weed! [Laughs]

Were you smoking actual marijuana during filming?
I was. I had to get high, f–k that. I definitely had to get high. But you can’t be too high [when there are lines to remember]. …  I really had the munchies and they always had snacks on set. “How High 2” was just beautiful from the jump. We got high and did our thing.

You’re currently involved in four films. How do you balance comedy, acting and music?
I just stay prayed up. I try to find time to do one thing and do it to the best of my ability. You can’t put 70% into stuff; you’re not going to get the results you want. I make sure I put 100% in everything I do. I make a schedule for all my hustles. Ain’t no chill, I stay hustling at all times.

More Music

  • Morissey California Sun Album

    Album Review: Morrissey’s ‘California Son’

    Since his days with the Smiths, the warbling baritone crooner and shrilly irritable lyricist Morrissey has found heart and humor in the repetition of his central (now, right-winged) talking points. It could be a famed mix of sexual deprivation and longing, and the isolation that comes with placing oneself on the shelf. It could be [...]

  • Inside amfAR's Cannes Gala

    Inside amfAR's Cannes Gala: Mariah Carey, Kendall Jenner and Tiffany Trump

    Kendall Jenner caused a commotion when she arrived. Tiffany Trump went unrecognized until a member of the press pointed her out as she made her way down the carpet. And Mariah Carey flew in to perform a couple of songs. Welcome to this year’s AmfAR Gala Cannes, the AIDS organization’s annual — and largest — [...]

  • BTS 'Good Morning America' TV show,

    BTS Fans Slam Restaurant After Owner Posts Video of the Boy Band Eating

    Don’t mess with BTS stans. After an owner of New York Korean barbecue chain Kang Ho Dong Baekjeong posted a video of the K-pop band dining at his Midtown restaurant, fans claimed he was violating BTS’ privacy rights and flooded the eatery with one-star Yelp reviews in retaliation. Members of the group dined in the [...]

  • Dear Evan Hansen

    Broadway Cast Albums Find Fresh Footing With Hip New Sounds, Viral Outreach

    Mixtapes. YouTube videos. Dedicated playlists. Ancillary products. Viral marketing. Epic chart stays. These are things you expect to hear from a record label discussing Cardi B or Beyoncé. Instead, this is the new world of a very old staple, the Broadway original cast recording. Robust stats tell the tale: Atlantic’s “Hamilton” album beat the record [...]

  • Rolling Stones Give up 'Bittersweet Symphony'

    Rolling Stones Give 'Bittersweet Symphony' Songwriter Royalties to the Verve's Richard Ashcroft

    UPDATED: Nearly 22 years after the Verve’s “Bittersweet Symphony” was released, the Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger and Keith Richards have assigned to Richard Ashcroft the songwriter royalties and rights from the song, which samples one of their compositions, and removed their writing credits. The news was first reported by the BBC and New Musical Express. [...]

  • Ali Stroker Oklahoma

    Ali Stroker on 'Oklahoma!': 'This Show Doesn’t Follow the Rules and That Is So Who I Am'

    Ali Stroker is no stranger to rewriting history. With her 2015 Broadway debut in “Spring Awakening,” she became the first actor in a wheelchair to perform on the Great White Way. Three years later, she’s back onstage in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma!” as Ado Annie, the flirtatious local who splits her affections between a resident [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content