These Latino Rap OGs Are Still Blazing It 28 Years After Their Debut With Their Walk Of Fame Star

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Twenty-five years have passed since Cypress Hill’s self-titled debut album burst onto the rap scene like a fit of smokey coughs. The album was an unapologetic glimpse into the culture of weed enthusiasts, who at that point were still hiding in the “Just Say No” shadow of the Reagan era. Now, the group is finally being honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Cypress Hill is making history as the first Latino hip hop group to have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Their friend Xzibit is one of the speakers at the ceremony happening on the Walk of Fame. George Lopez is also offering words about the impact Cypress Hill has had on the Latino community through their music. The band continues to represent the Latino community with an unapologetic tone that is uniquely theirs.

Fans and music enthusiasts are only surprised that it took so long.

They mean so much to so many people. It is clear that their impact on the community, and the music industry, it worthy of the recognition of a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Congratulations, Cypress Hill. This is a well-deserved honor.

“How I Could Just Kill A Man,” “Latin Lingo,” “Something for the Blunted,” and “Light Another” were just a few of the memorable tracks from their debut.

So brazen with their weed-centric lifestyle, they were banned from Saturday Night Live for sparking up on stage.

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A laughable feat, considering the consumption of drugs that allegedly went on behind the scenes at SNL.

The album was so ahead of its time, it predated Dr. Dre’s “The Chronic” by more than a year, and arguably paved the way for that album’s success.

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That isn’t sávila on Snoop Dogg’s hat.

Mainstream consumers showed so much love for Cypress Hill’s debut that the album went platinum, making them the first Latino Hip Hop group to accomplish that feat.

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To celebrate the 25th anniversary of their album release, Cypress Hill is rereleasing the album in the form of a collectible skull, inspired by their original logo.

The skull comes with a book that chronicles the making of the album and features photos from that era, as well. The timing for this rerelease couldn’t be any better. With weed culture experiencing a renaissance of sorts, the band will hopefully find a new audience that will carry the torch, or vaporizer, or edible, for years to come.

Read: They May Not Get a Lot of Shine, But these Latinos Helped Spark the Birth of Hip Hop

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What It's Like Being Cuban In Los Angeles


What It’s Like Being Cuban In Los Angeles

Los Angeles is an incredibly diverse city — Chinese immigrants, Armenians, Persians, Koreans, Thai folks, Filipinos, Salvadorans, Indians, Ethiopians, black Americans and many other groups have left indelible imprints on the city, its neighborhoods, art, food and culture. But it’s no exaggeration to say that the heart and soul of Los Angeles? Is Mexican. Mexican culture and identity forms the core of this city, so while there are countless places to get the best tacos, tortas and pan dulce you’ve ever tasted, it’s slightly more difficult to find, say, a good croqueta or tin of guayaba. It can lead to some interesting situations for Cubans living in and moving to this city!

Let’s take a closer look at what it’s like to be a Cuban who moves to Los Angeles:

1. It can get a little lonely.

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2. You feel a surge of pride whenever you see the José Martí sculpture in Echo Park.


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En junio como en enero.

3. …And very disappointed to learn about the community’s issues with it.


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Well, excuse you.

4. You’ll enjoy many arguments over the authenticity of Porto’s Bakery.

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Their croquetas are unfuckwittable, but how you gonna call pastelitos “strudels”? Come on.

5. And, in fact, arguing over the few good Cuban restaurants within Los Angeles becomes a regular pastime.


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Look, I’m just saying, if I have to go to Downey to find black beans hecho como en casa, I will die, no lie.

6. You have to take care not to offend everyone around you.


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Because Mexican culture forms such a large part of L.A., you’ve got to be careful when using words like “fajar” and “cojer,” unless you want to get lots of horrified looks and nervous giggles.

7. You have tried and failed to find a specific ingredient you thought would be available in a Latino market.


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OK, so Vallarta doesn’t carry membrillo or guayaba paste. Lesson learned 17 hours after running all around this ginormous freaking city, I GUESS.

8. And yet you keep hearing about these mysterious, roving band of suburban Cubans in places like Downey and Burbank.


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OK, but where? And why don’t they have a ventanita on every corner, if that’s the case?

9. You will go through frita withdrawal.


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Why. Can’t. I find them. In. This. CITY.

10. When you find a fellow Cuban, you suddenly become 99.7% more Cubanaz@.


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The voice gets louder, the hands move around more, and your tendency to exaggerate goes up like literally a million percent.

11. You get to celebrate holidays a little differently.


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Lechón y congri can’t be beat, but Mexican-style tamales are DELICIOUS around the holidays. And while Cubans don’t typically go all out on Día de los Muertos, Los Angeles’ celebrations are truly beautiful and inspiring.

12. No one knows wtf you mean by “pastel.”


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Nooooo, when I said “pastelito de carne,” I didn’t mean meat cake!

13. You realize no one except Cubans understand the Cuban accent.


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“Why are you yelling incoherently?” I’M WHISPERING, MENG.

14. …And that we’re far more malhablada than most of our Latino cousins.


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Others: “Ow! Tripped on this pinche sidewalk.”

Us: “¡¡¡Coño!!! ¿Pero que clase de mierda es este sidewalk de carajo? Me cago en su madre.”

15. And you get lots of people trying (and failing) to guess where, exactly, you’re from.


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“So you’re… Iranian, right? Armenian? Irish? Jamaican-Polish-Korean?” Sure. We’ll go with that.

But you know what’s awesome about being a Cuban here?

16. You get to learn about LOTS of cultures other than your own.


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And that is pretty damn great.

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