This Day in Hip Hop and Rap History
Host: Chuck D w/ Duke Eatmon & Ron Maskell
June 2nd, 2012
June 2nd – B-Real of Cypress Hill was born Louis Freese in South Gate, California, on this day in 1970.
B-Real first began rapping in the 1980’s with Senen Reyes a.k.a. Sen Dog, his brother Ulpiano Sergio Reyes a.k.a. Mellow Man Ace, who later left to pursue a solo career, and Lawrence Muggerud a.k.a. DJ Muggs in a group called DVX or Devastating Vocal Exellence.
After the departure of Mellow Man Ace, the group changed their name to Cypress Hill, named after a street in the South Gate area, where B-Real grew up.
Cypress Hill landed a deal with Columbia Records in 1991 and released their multi-platinum selling, Self-Entitled debut album the same year. The album spawned the smash hits “The Phunky Feel One” and “How I Could Just Kill A Man.”
Cypress Hill’s tales of life in South Central Los Angles, with a touch of Latino flavor in the group’s brand of hip-hop, made them instant fan favorites and pioneers in the process.
DJ Muggs’ funky raw production style was imitated by many at the time.
Cypress Hill has released eight albums since then. Most notably 1993’s “Black Sunday”, which again garnered the group multi-platinum sales and spawned the classic anthem “Insane In The Brain”, 1995’s “Cypress Hill III: Temples Of Boom” which contained the classic “Boom Biddy Bye Bye”, 1998’s “Cypress Hill IV”, 2001’s “Stoned Raiders” and most recently, 2010’s political “Rise Up.”
Over the years B-Real has had the chance to collaborate with some of the biggest names in the music industry like Snoop Dogg, Pearl Jam, Stephen Carpenter of The Deftones, Fear Factory, De La Soul, House Of Pain, Ice Cube, Busta Rhymes, The RZA, Method Man, Xzibit, Funkdoobiest and Kool G Rap just to name a mere few.
B-Real has also been a member of The Psycho Realm, a super-group with Sick Jacken and Big Duke.
B-Real as well has been a prolific producer, working with Proof of D-12 and many others, who have also appeared on mix-tapes, that B-Real produced as well.
In 2009 B-Real released his long-awaited debut solo album “Smoke N Mirrors” on Duck Down Records.
B-Real has also appeared in the films “Who’s TheMan”, “The Devil Inside”, “Thicker Than Water”, “MacArthur Park” and “Meteor Man” to name a few.
B-Real continues to record and tour with Cypress Hill as was evidenced on their most recent tour with Public Enemy.
B-Real’s nasal high-pitched vocals have made his voice one of the most recognizable in hip-hop. His work with Cypress Hill is legendary.