How High 2, a sequel to the classic 2001 stoner comedy, will appropriately premiere on April 20, 2019—and Mike Epps will return as the pimp-slapping Baby Powder. How High starred rappers Method Man and Redman as two underachievers who smoke their dead friend’s ashes and get into Harvard University when their friend’s ghost gives them the answers to an SAT-like test. The two will not return for the sequel.
Epps’s character Baby Powder is a cartoonish pimp who slaps people with a handful of, well, baby powder. The character proudly asserts his long pimp lineage in the film and claims he has been “pimpin’ since been pimpin’ since been pimpin.’”
A How High sequel has been in the works as far back as 2008 when Redman, whose real name is Reginald Noble, began hyping a follow-up. For years, the two stars blamed Universal Pictures, which owned the rights to the movie, for any delays. Universal’s production arm 1440 Entertainment, in partnership with MTV, officially greenlit How High 2 last June. A first pass of the script was done by the original’s screenwriter Dustin Lee Abraham, though the final script was written by Shawn Ries, Artie Johann, Alex Blagg, and Neel Shah.
Method Man, Redman will not return for How High 2
Method Man and Redman were eager to do How High 2, but confirmed they would not be involved claiming “the business wasn’t right.” Instead, Lil Yachty and D.C. Young Fly play two young “potrepreneurs” on a magical hash-fueled journey to fund their on-demand munchies delivery start-up. High Maintenance meets Silicon Valley?
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The How High 2 cast is rounded out by Alyssa Goss, DeRay Davis, and Mary Lynn Rajskub. Epps is the only original cast member returning for the sequel.
MTV released the opening credits sequence, which you can watch below. You’ll have to wait until the (unofficial) National Weed Smoking Holiday to see what pimpin’ Epps gets up to in How High 2.