After the release of their first album back in 1991, Latinx sensation Cypress Hill (Sen Dog, B-Real, Eric Bobo, and DJ Muggs) has received a star on the Hollywood walk of fame earlier this month (on April 18). And get this: they’re the first latino hip-hop group to receive the honor, joining the ranks of other famed musicians like Jennifer Lopez, Selena, Ricky Martin, and Shakira.
Among the speakers honoring the hip-hop legends was rapper Xzibit and comedian George Lopez, who spoke of the crew’s impact over the years. “Their accomplishments and accolades reach deep in the roots and history books of hip-hop, and today is another chapter in that saga,” Xzibit noted. “Yo, B-Real, Sen Dog, Muggs, Bobo: You are our Rolling Stones, Ungrateful Dead, you are the West Coast Public Enemy.”
The iconic rap group started out back in South Gate, California and have been trailblazers ever since. During the course of their 30 year trajectory, Cypress Hill has served up beloved and career-defining songs like “Insane in the Brain”, “Throw Your Set in the Air”, and “I Ain’t Goin’ Out Like That,” which led to three Grammy nominations in the ‘90s.
They’ve collaborated with musical giants like Eminem and have both platinum and multi platinum albums with millions sold around the world. In an interview with TMZ, Sen Dog admitted to being “blown away” by the honor, and added it’s something the group never expected. “We expect to sell gold records or platinum records, but we never expect for this to happen to us.”
The other members also chimed in “‘You know, we used to walk these streets as young men looking at all these stars coming up as we were into hip hop culture as people, as pop lockers, and eventually rappers and DJs and stuff like that,” B-Real said. “’Seeing this, growing up here, it’s an honor.” On the night of the ceremony, the group celebrated by performing songs from their latest album released last year Elephants On Acid, in the acclaimed nightclub Whiskey A Go Go in West Hollywood.
Receiving the star is a huge step in Latinx hip-hop representation and one we shouldn’t take lightly according to George Lopez. “There’s a lot of actors, there’s a lot of comedians, there’s a lot of entertainers who are on [the Walk of Fame],” he said, “but there’s only one Cypress Hill, the first Latino hip-hop group,” Lopez added. “But to everyone who lives the American dream, not the last Latino hip-hop group to ever be on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.”