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30 year old Los Angeles hip-hop group Cypress Hill was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Thursday, April 18,2019 in Los Angeles.
The Latino American hip-hop group consisting Sen Dog (Senen Reyes), DJ Muggs (Lawrence Muggerud), B-Real (Louis Freese ) and Eric Bobo (Eric Correa) were the first Latino rap group to get their recording to go platinum and multi-platinum, and also the first Latino hip-hop group to receive such honor.
The star, which is the 2,660th on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, was presented to Cypress Hill by comedian George Lopez on behalf of The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce in Los Angeles, the city where the group first started up.
The crew, which is 30 years in the making, is widely known for advocating for the legalization of marijuana and have had lyrics in their songs to such effect, including their “Stoned Is the Way of the Walk” released in 1991 and “Hits from the Bong” released in 1993.
In an interview with newsmen after receiving the award, DJ Muggs, the producer of the group was quoted saying “It’s totally surreal, we walked here as kids, we looked at the stars. We never thought we’d have one.”
The group’s vocalist, Sen Dog said he was “blown away” by the recognition and added that they never expected to win such award.
B-Real, lead rapper of Cypress Hill, made a joke about the Hollywood walk of fame star looking like a marijuana leaf, expressed gratitude to the crew, especially Sen Dog and DJ Mugs for taking him off the streets; he said if not for their intervention, they wouldn’t be where they are now.
Speaking on the lifespan of the rap group, B-Real credits the length of their union to their friendship and their common desire to be one of the best in the field. He expressed that regardless of disagreements they have had, the group has survived. He is quoted saying “Clearly, cannabis has been a big factor in keeping us together.”
The group was formed in 1986 as “Devastating Vocal Excellence” when two brothers Sen Dog and Mellow Man Ace (Ulpiano Sergio Reyes) hooked up with fellow Los Angeles residents DJ Muggs and B Real. In 1988 the group was renamed “Cyprus Hill”, a local street in South Gate, after Mellow Man Ace left.
The Cypress Hills crew met Eric “Bobo” Correa, a former member of the Beastie Boys while he was on a tour in 1994. Bobo left the Beastie Boys, joined Cypress Hill on a tour at Woodstock in 1994.
Cyprus Hill has released more than 9 albums, including Cypress Hill (1991), Skull & Bones (2000), Stoned Raiders (2000), Till Death Do Us Part (2004) and The Rise (2010) amongst others.