TCU Products: The Banned “Budsaw” Sprocket

I was a huge 50 Cent fan in the early 2000s. I got into him after reading about a compilation, “Guess Who’s Back” which came out in 2002 and basically just compiled a lot of his best mixtape songs and radio freestyles. Soon after he got signed by Eminem and Dre, then his debut album Get Rich Or Die Trying came out and sold 10 million copies and he got ridiculously huge for a while. One thing that has always bothered me however is the song “High All The Time” on his first album. It’s a good enough weed song as far as weed songs go but 50 Cent doesn’t smoke weed and it shows. Like look at the first verse:

Every time I roll up, niggas holla roll up
And I tell ’em hold up, you ain’t gettin’ money you ain’t smoking
In my Benzo, 20 inch Lorenzos
Smoking on indo, high as a mothafucka
I be on them backstreets, niggas know I clap heat
Only if you got beef, man you better holla at me
Niggas get locked up, stabbed up, shot up
Every time I pop up, a lot going on in my hood
I shoot the dice, I holla get ’em girls
Daddy need new shoes, daddy need Pirellis to look mean on 22’s
Stash box, Xbox, laptop, fax machine, phone
Bulletproof this bitch and I’m gone
2003 Suburban swerving, too many sips of Henny
The D’s sick, they searched the whip and they can’t find the semi’s
They was just harassing me cause they know who I was
Spent the night in Central Booking for smoking some bud

He spends the first 4 bars talking about smoking weed but after that he forgets that that’s the intended topic of the song and goes back to guns, shooting guns and hiding guns in his car, his comfort zone. Then perhaps to bring it all back together he mentions weed once more in the last line.

At 18 this baffled me. I didn’t smoke back then and I thought that it was pretty cool that 50 didn’t smoke either but here he was with a song that badly trumpeted the practice in an obvious ploy to cater to the stoner demographic. And it probably worked. He may have endeared himself to the potheads of America by including that song. But it also showed me, a hardcore fan, that he was willing to rap about anything to in order to sell records. So a few years later when 50 verbally attacked fellow NYC elder statesmen Fat Joe and Jadakiss as part of the roll out for his second album I knew that the beef was the product of theatrics, not bile.

This sprocket on the other hand is the product of nothing more than good old fashioned Florida ingenuity and perhaps a little cannabis-fueled creativity. What else would you expect from a brand so gully that their official website is a Blogspot? The Budsaw comes in 25, 28 and 30 tooth options and is available now in better bike shops from Florida to Queens.