Cypress Hill
Cypress Hill talks to qvMagazine about their perspective on marijuana, their music, and gives advice to our qvReaders.
by Luther Orrick-Guzman

After releasing "Los Grandes Exitos En Espanol," a collection of their best English hits, but remade in Spanish, and their new English CD, "Skull and Bones," Cypress Hill is on top of the world. qvMagazine talked to group lead B-Real at a Los Angeles radio station right before he and partner Bobo were scheduled to go on a radio advice show called "Loveline" with Dr. Drew. Here's what B-Real told us.

Currently, you've got your Spanish CD out. What was the idea remaking your best tracks in Spanish? It was something to give to our Latin fans who have supported us for so long. It was important for us to finally give them something they could understand. And now, they'll know what a lot of our songs are about. Before, we had a lot of fans who didn't know what our songs were about.

What has been the craziest venue in which you played in? Wow! So many! A lot of festivals like Woodstock and our 2nd Smokeout Festival in San Bernardino were pretty incredible.

Speaking of the Smokeout Festival, is it something that favors the legalization of marijuana? Or is it just a fun fest? It's a celebration! Of course, literature was passed out as well.

What is your current status with pot? We never tell people to go out and do marijuana. But people hand us stuff everywhere we go.

You guys have a lot of cultural diversity in the group. How do your personal influences get represented in the group? Each of us has his own individual background which he brings to the table. We all constantly toss our ideas around to each other and see if we can build off of them.

Where is everybody from?
B Real:
Muggs and Bobo are from New York and they were transplanted here (Los Angeles). I was born and raised in LA. Sen Dog is from Cuba; he migrated here.
Bobo: Muggs is Italian. I'm Puerto Rican. B is Cuban Mexican, and Sen Dog is Cuban-so we all have that Latin thing going on.

After so many years of touring, do you still have a die hard loyal fan base, or has it been mostly new fans over the years? Our fan base is very loyal. It's also cool because we still play to new people all the time. As long as we enjoy what we're doing, it's truly worthwhile. What has changed over the years is the crowd. People have gotten crazier than they used to be.

What gives you the most satisfaction in your career?
B Real:
Part of it is making the music, but the other part is playing live and seeing the people's reactions.
Bobo: For me, it's just being able to share our music with people all around the world-and still have a lot of fun together on stage while making a living out of it.

Tell us about your most recent album with the new hit "Rock Superstar." It's our fifth album entitled "Skull and Bones." We're very happy with it and hope the audience will like it, too.

With the most recent wave of Latin Booms in the US with the Ricky Martins, Jennifer Lopezs and so on, where does Cypress Hill stand in the scheme of things? I think we stand by ourselves. We've been here for a while already. We're not doing it the way they are. They're trying to crossover to an American market. We're not trying to do any of that because we're already established in that sense. What we're now doing is reaching out to our Latin fans who don't speak English. It's different.

How far do you want to take the band? As far as we can. We have to feel comfortable with what we're doing. It's not good to kid yourself. If you're making stuff that's sh**ty, I think you should sort of gracefully bow out. But if we still make stuff that people want to hear, then we'll do it as long as we can.

What kind of advice would you give to younger people trying to break in the music biz?
Just keep an open mind. Don't just listen to one type of music. Do your homework and learn your craft.
B Real: You've got to consistently practice to keep on top of your game. You've got to learn your game before you jump into it. A lot of people think they can jump in and get rich right away and that's just not the way it is. It takes a lot of work. You've got to learn about it and study what you're getting into. It's like when you go to college to learn a craft, you want to be able to excel in that. The same thing with music. You also have to know the business side of it.

So tonight you are going to be on 'Loveline with Dr. Drew?' Are you prepared to give advice on all issues like safe sex, homosexuality, and drugs?
We'll, we've been on Loveline a few times before. It's been interesting.
(Dr. Drew walks into the room)
Dr. Drew: Oh these guys are veterans! (All laugh)
Bobo: If we can't do it, then Dr. Drew will take over.

I understand you have a radio show. How is that going? It's just in LA right now. It's a hip hop show with mixes, three deejays, comedy. It's a lot of fun. We've been doing it for about two years on The Beat in Los Angeles. We're on Friday nights from 11pm-2am.

What message would you like to give to our qvMagazine readers? Use your common sense. That's what makes the difference between intelligence and stupidity. You could have all the book smarts in the world, but if you don't have common sense, all of that means nothing.

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