Afroman punched a female fan in her face, while he was performing onstage in Mississippi. The “Because I Got High” rapper claims he was caught off guard when a fan rushed the stage. A representative for Afroman spoke to Billboard magazine about the unfortunate incident. The rep said that because Afroman’s back was turned, the rapper could not see who was behind him, and he naturally reacted by punching the person. “This was a completely involuntary reflex reaction to people infringing on his stage space. It was uncharacteristic behavior that was initiated by outside uncontrolled forces,” the rapper’s rep told Billboard magazine. The rep also blames the entire incident on lack of proper security, and the rep claims Afroman has had several incidents with fans jumping onstage while he performs.
There is a video that shows Afroman performing onstage, while a woman dances behind him. All of a sudden, the rapper turns around and punches the woman in the face. While most of the incident was recorded on the video, the footage does not show what happened after the woman was punched. According to TMZ, the woman hit the ground hard after she was assaulted, and she was bleeding and crying. The website claims Afroman continued to perform his music, until the house lights came on and the music stopped. Reports also claim security helped the woman off of the stage, and the police came and arrested the rapper. A video circulating online shows the handcuffed rapper being escorted out of the venue by several police officers. An updated report claims the rapper was charged with simple assault, and he bailed out of jail for $330 dollars.
Afroman’s only mainstream hit was “Because I Got High,” which was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo Performance in 2002. Last year, the rapper dropped a positive remix version of “Because I Got High,” in an effort that fought to legalize marijuana in the United States. Although Afroman has not released a major label album since 2004, he has dropped several projects on the independent level. Some of his most recent projects include Marijuana Music, Pot Head Pimp, Worlds Greatest Wino, and Don’t Sell Your Dope.