This is a fresh fuckin article done by Jesse Serwer so props to (her/him) Just-Ice coined the termed smokin blunts here’s Ice breakin it down,
When I interviewed Just-Ice about his classic ‘86 debut, Back to the Old School, for XXL recently, I asked him about his use of the term “blunts” in the track “Little Bad Johnny”—the first such mention in any rap song. His response was a detailed account of the evolution of every rapper’s favorite weedsmoking instrument. Naturally, this tangent didn’t make the piece, but I thought those interested in New York lore might appreciate Just’s breakdown of how the Jamaican practice of smoking weed out of large, hollowed-out tobacco leaves (known as “fronto leafs”) evolved into an NYC ‘hood staple and, eventually, an ubiquitous rap talking point.
“The reason why a cigar is called a blunt is very simple. If you’re old enough, you should remember El Productos. That is the original blunt. Besides a fronto leaf, cause a fronto leaf was always here. Truth is people just couldn’t get a hold of those unless you were Jamaican. So what you used to do is go to the store, get a tray bag of weed and an El Producto blunt. And you would unwrap them like a leaf and then you would put your weed in there and roll it back up. El Producto blunts, they went out of business in I think ‘85, ‘86. After the El Producto blunt, ’cause that was a strong ass cigar, a lot of people couldn’t take the pressure in they chest from the weed and the cigar. So El Producto created a new cigar called the Fino. That’s after the blunt. So that was a little lighter tasting. ‘Cause blunt actually means harsh. Now, a lot of people wasn’t skilled enough to unwrap the Fino and rewrap it over correctly, so they started smoking Phillies. With Phillies, all you had to do was split them open, put the weed in and roll it up. But a lot of people who smoked weed didn’t like Phillies, ’cause it burned too fast. Then we left the Phillies…Oh shit, my food’s burning, hold on…
Where we at, the Phillies? That was for the crackheads so people who smoked weed stopped fuckin’ with Phillies. Cause if you went to the store and asked for a Phillie, everybody knew you was smoking crack. You was smoking them shits called woolos or woolies or something. Now, after the Phillies, they needed something that was gonna burn slow but wasn’t too harsh tasting. That’s where the White Owl cigars came in and just took the fuck over. It was like a blunt—it tasted like a Fino and it burned slow like a blunt. White Owls took over for about two years but people started saying those were too harsh. That’s when the Garcia Vegas came in, then the Optimos. Optimos came in different flavors.
Nowadays they got this shit called blunt wraps. To me, that’s like the lowest. That’s the f’in lowest. I be looking at these kids smoking this weed talking about let’s get blunted up and I’m saying to myself, ‘If you had a real blunt you’d choke to death.’ If you coughing off a blunt wrap which is some manufactured shit, and it’s flavored? See that’s another thing. When I was growing up, none of this shit had flavor to it. The only thing that had flavor was the banana and the lemon and strawberry E-Z Widers. You had to go to the Village to buy that ‘cause it wasn’t like the regular brown ones in a cardboard box. They sold ‘em in rolls. In the Village. That’s the history of the blunt. Just wanted to get that out there. It started with El Producto blunts and now everybody’s smoking everything else calling it a blunt when it ain’t a blunt. It’s not a blunt unless it says, ‘blunt.’”