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Colt 45 and 2 Zig-Zags

[kohlt fohr-tee fahyv n too zig-zagz]

What does Colt 45 and 2 Zig-Zags mean?

The phrase Colt 45 and 2 Zig-Zags is a lyric from rapper Afroman’s song “Crazy Rap,” in which he suggests malt liquor and weed are all that’s needed for a good time. It’s that we’re not disagreeing with you, but…

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Where does Colt 45 and 2 Zig-Zags come from?

Colt 45 and 2 Zig-Zags

The phrase Colt 45 and 2 Zig-Zags is the hook of hip-hop artist Afroman’s 2001 single “Crazy Rap,” where he raps: “Colt 45 and 2 Zig-Zags, baby that’s all we need.”

The lyric makes reference to Colt 45, which, among other malt liquor brands, became widely associated with hip-hop during the 1980s and 1990s, when marketers used popular rappers like Biggie, Tupac, and Snoop Dogg in advertisements targeting African-American youth.

Malt liquor has a reputation for being inexpensive, and more importantly, packed full of alcohol. Colt 45 wasn’t all that discreet about this either—in its 1980–90s commercials featuring actor Billy Dee Williams (or, as he’s known to Star Wars fanatics, Lando Calrissian), the phrase “It works every time” was used as a tagline. In the 2000s, the malt liquor industry came under fire for what many criticized as preying on the black community.

Zig-Zags, meanwhile, refers to the cigarette rolling paper of the same name that’s frequently used for making marijuana joints—and making 2 Zig-Zags slang for two joints. While the Zig-Zag brand can be traced all the way back to 19th-century France, the term has become closely associated with weed culture, and has been name-dropped not just by Afroman, but other artists such as Snoop Dogg and Eminem as well.

Examples of Colt 45 and 2 Zig-Zags

“Colt 45 and 2 Zig Zags...” Y’all finish the rest .
@Jwsohns, July 2018
Coach tells us to sing a song on the bus..... "COLT 45 AND 2 ZIG ZAGS BABY THATS ALL WE NEED"
@JordanDaSilva1, November 2013

🎶Colt 45 and two Zig Zags Santa that's all he needs. He comes to your house after dark gifting what children need. 🎶#OnSantasChristmasList

@SethGoodtime, December 2016

Who uses Colt 45 and 2 Zig-Zags?

Over the years, “Crazy Rap” has developed something of a cult status, anchored and best known by its hook: “Colt 45 and 2 Zig-Zags, baby that’s all we need.”

Online, it’s not uncommon to see a tweet containing or riffing on the song’s hook word for word, and in the real world, it’s often chanted in large groups.

Colt 45 and 2 Zig-Zags is also jokingly used in memes that depict people drinking alcohol or partying.


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