Cab Calloway was crazy awesome. He was just one of those performers that instantly grabbed your attention and wouldn't let go. He bounced around, gesticulated like a mad man, and could make undeserving phrases like "Hi De Ho " sound so damn cool.
Not only is the above video a great example of Calloway's fast-paced ditties, but it's also interesting to see the perception of marijuana in the 1930's. I guess drugs and musicians have been linked since the dawn of time. Here, weed puts the upright bass player into a frenzied slapping-trance. He's a "funny reefer man," just doing his thing.