Kottonmouth Kings answer that age old question of what would California stoners sound like if they mixed hip hop with rap and psychedelic elements of rock and roll.
Kottonmouth Kings formed in 1994 in Placentia, California. The original lineup consisted of Steven Thronson (Saint Dog), Dustin Miller (D-Loc), Brad Xavier (Daddy X), and DJ Bobby B. There was a fifth member known as "Pakelika" who was credited as "visual assassin" (whatever that means).
Today, the band consists of Dustin Miller (D-Loc), Brad Xavier (Daddy X), David Alexander (The Dirtball), DJ Bobby B, and Lou Dog.
Kottonmouth Kings’ first album, Royal Highness, dropped in August of 1998. It peaked at number 17 on the Billboard 200. The best-known song from the LP is "Suburban Life.” Not only did it make inroads on the radio and MTV, but it was featured on the soundtrack to the film Scream 2.
The title of Kottonmouth Kings’ sophomore effort shares a similar theme with its predecessor. The band’s second studio album is called Hidden Stash. Quite odd for a second album, Hidden Stash was a collection of B-sides and rarities. It basically contained songs from the band’s EPs Stash Box and Stoners Reeking Havoc.
Kottonmouth Kings began to attract mainstream attention in July of 2000 with the release of High Society. This opus peaked at a fairly respectable #65 (not bad for a band that’s rapping a lot about smoking marijuana). The top cut from High Society was “Peace Not Greed.” The single reached number #37 on the Hot Modern Rocks Tracks and its video received some love from MTV.
Kottonmouth Kings continued to release albums all throughout the first decade of the 21st century. From 1998 to 2012, only 2003 came and went without a new Kottonmouth Kings album. The years 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, and 2011 all welcomed two new Kings’ releases.
Royal Highness (1998)
Hidden Stash (1999)
High Society (2000)
Hidden Stash II: The Kream of the Krop (2001)
Rollin' Stoned (2002)
Fire It Up (2004)
The Kottonmouth Xperience (2004)
Kottonmouth Kings (2005)
Joint Venture (2005)
Koast II Koast (2006)
Hidden Stash III (2006)
Cloud Nine (2007)
The Kottonmouth Xperience Vol. II: Kosmic Therapy (2008)
The Green Album (2008)
Hidden Stash 420 (2009)
Long Live The Kings (2010)
Sunrise Sessions (2011)
Hidden Stash 5: Bongloads & B-Sides (2011)
Mile High (2012)