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

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.

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

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One Year Later, The Latino Community Remembers The El Paso Shooting

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One Year Later, The Latino Community Remembers The El Paso Shooting

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On August 3, 2019, a man entered a Walmart in El Paso, Texas and killed 23 customers and injured 23 more. The shooter, Patrick Crusius, went to the Walmart with the expressed purpose of killing Mexican and Mexican-Americans. One year later, the community is remembering those lost.

One year ago today, a man killed 23 people in an El Paso Walmart targeting our community.

The Latino community was stunned when Patrick Crusius opened fire and killed 23 people in El Paso, Texas. The gunman wrote a manifesto and included his desire to kill as many Mexicans and Mexican-Americans he could in the El Paso Walmart. The days after were filled with grieving the loss of 23 people and trying to understand how this kind of hate could exist in our society.

Representative Veronica Escobar, who represents El Paso, is honoring the victims today.

Rep. Escobar was on the scene shortly after the shooting to be there for her community. The shooting was a reminder of the dangers of the anti-Latino and xenophobic rhetoric that the Trump administration was pushing for years.

“One year ago, our community and the nation were shocked and heartbroken by the horrific act of domestic terrorism fueled by racism and xenophobia that killed 23 beautiful souls, injured 22, and devasted all of us,” Rep. Escobar said in a statement. “Today will be painful for El Pasoans, especially for the survivors and the loved ones of those who were killed, but as we grieve and heal together apart, we must continue to face hate with love and confront xenophobia by treating the stranger with dignity and hospitality.”

El Pasoans are coming together today to remember the victims of the violence that day.

Latinos are a growing demographic that will soon eclipse the white communities in several states. Some experts in demographic shifts understand that this could be a terrifying sign for the white population. These changing demographics give life to racist and hateful ideologies.

“When you have a few people of color, the community is not seen so much as a threat,” Maria Cristina Morales, an associate professor of sociology at the University of Texas at El Paso, told USA Today about the fear of changing demographics. “But the more that the population grows – the population of Latinos grow for instance – the more fear that there’s going to be a loss of power.”

The international attack is still felt today because of the constant examples of white supremacy still active today.

“It doesn’t occur to you that there’s a war going on, and there’s always been a war going on—the helicopters the barbed wire—but you just kind of didn’t see it,” David Dorado Romo, an El Paso historian who lost a friend in the shooting, told Time Magazine.

The sudden reminder of the hate out there towards the Latino community was felt nationwide that day. The violent attack that was planned out revealed the true cost of that hate that has been pushed by some politicians.

“El Paso families have the right to live free from fear, and I will continue to honor the victims and survivors with action,” Rep. Escobar said in her statement. “Fighting to end the gun violence and hate epidemics that plague our nation.”

READ: As El Paso Grieves Their Loss, Here Is Everything We Know About The Victims Of The El Paso Massacre, Which Were Mostly Latino

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Cypress Hill Will Become First Latino Hip-Hop Group With Star On Hollywood Walk Of Fame

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Cypress Hill Will Become First Latino Hip-Hop Group With Star On Hollywood Walk Of Fame

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Cypress Hill is set to make history by becoming the first Latino hip-hop group to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Only a limited number of hip-hop acts have ever be given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Pharrell, P Diddy, LL Cool J, Queen Latifah and Snoop Dogg are among those to receive the honor. It’s the latest accolade for the duo that has left an undeniable impact on hip-hop for the last 30 years.

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce will present Cypress Hill with the 2,660th star on the iconic sidewalk.

Cypress Hill, comprised of B Real, Sen Dog, DJ Muggs, and Eric “Bobo” Correa, became a huge staple in west coast hip-hop during the early 90’s. The group shot to fame due to their rap classic “Insane in the Membrane.” and the release of their sophomore album, “Black Sunday.” Cypress Hill recently released their ninth studio album, “Elephants on Acid” last year.

The Grammy-nominated group also made prior history by becoming the first Latino hip-hop group to have platinum and multi-platinum albums, selling over 20 million albums worldwide. Their star will be located just miles from where the group formed 30 years ago in South Gate, California.

Cypress Hill will join the likes of other Latino legends honored on the Walk of Fame, including Guillermo del Toro and Selena.

“We are proud to honor the first Latino American hip-hop recording group,” Ana Martinez, producer of the Hollywood Walk of Fame, said in a press release. “They have been successful as a group for three decades and we know they will continue their success for many years to come.”

The induction ceremony will take place on April 18 in front of Greenleaf Restaurant located on Hollywood Blvd. George Lopez and close friend Xhibit will be among the guest speakers at the ceremony.

The group has made an impact beyond just music on the Latino community in southern California.

Cypress Hill has continually given back to their hometown of South Gate throughout their careers. Whether it be through scholarships, work with organizations like Guns for Goods, Wounded Heroes of America, and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

The gourp has also been huge advocates for legal marijuana. Just last year the group launched a cannabis line alongside the release of their latest studio album.

Cypress Hill has also inspired countless of other west-coast rappers through their unique sounds and production style. The honor is indicative of the social and musical impact the group has had for the last 30 years.

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