One of the most vocal marijuana advocates in the music industry is now a Top CelebStoner. Cypress Hill co-founder B-Real joins the illustrious club, becoming the 36th Top CelebStoner. “I will do my best to uphold the title,” B-Real says. “I will keep fighting for legalization.”
Born Louis Freeze on June 2, 1970 to a Cuban mom and Mexican dad, B-Real grew up in South Central Los Angeles. At a teenager, he joined he Bloods and was shot in 1987, punctured lung his lung. Leaving the gang life behind, B-Real began rapping with his friend Mellow Man Ace, the younger brother of Senen “Sen Dog” Reyes. After Reyes met New York transplant Lawrence “DJ Muggs” Muggerud, the trio formed Cypress Hill and released their debut album in 1991.
Contrasting their darker gang-influenced experiences with a lighter appreciation of marijuana a la Cheech & Chong, Cypress Hill appealed to a broad cross-section of hip-hop heads and laid-back stoners. While “Pigs” and “I Could Kill a Man” spewed anger at the police and haters, “Light Another” and “Stoned Is the Way of the Walk” pointed to more peaceful solutions to problems by sparking a blunt.