Check it, my weed smoke is my lye

from Big L – Ebonics (Criminal Slang) Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

To this day, “la” is still a fairly popular slang word for marijuana or its smoke

It may be due to the fact that smoking weed takes the user to “la-la land”, or just because weed poster boy Snoop Dogg says it a lot

It also could derive from the popular Spanish song “La Cucaracha”, whose most popular stanza is about weed:

Translated to English:

“The cockroach, the cockroach
Can’t walk anymore
Because it doesn’t have, because it’s lacking
Marijuana to smoke”

Furthermore, it is worth noting that a “cucaracha” is a cockroach in Spanish, and as we know a shortened way of saying that is roach. Interestingly enough, a roach is also a term for something related to weed, so the etymology of the slang might be rooted there.

It’s also possible that the lyric is “lye” instead of “la”, which fits into the rhyme scheme better but makes less sense as a slang term

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