Not too long ago we rolled up to the Paid Dues festival in San Bernardino (a SoCal celebration of underground Hip-Hop’s finest) and tracked down B-Real of Cypress Hill, fresh off the stage from a blistering set that pulled from the Cypress catalog as well as his new solo release, Smoke N’ Mirrors.
An icon in both the Hip-Hop community and among the legions of smokers out there, B-Real’s been pushing the green agenda on all levels since Cypress first hit way back in ’87. A grassroots (ha) advocate, he’s known for backing up his weed anthems with spitfire wisdom on the battle for legalization and the medical marijuana initiative. He brings the stoner community together on Twitter as well, with 4:20 call-outs every day on both the East coast and the West coast, teasing his followers with pictures of his delectable nuggets.
After a quick shower and blaze session with Xzibit (who wasn’t on the bill but was on hand for the extra-curricular festivities- of which there were plenty), B headed over and kicked down some wisdom for us. Along with Public Enemy, KRS-One and Doug E. Fresh, this man played a pivotal part in the budding of my Hop-Hop tastes, and it was a thrill to get him on the mic to discuss his recent project with Damien “Jr. Gong” Marley, how artists are competing in new digital markets, Twitter (specifically Diddy’s relentless obsession with it), and of course, the sweet, sticky green.
If you’re wondering why our eyes are red and half-slitted in the video, it’s not what you might think. We’d both just seen the Susan Boyle video and we were crying like little girls. Dreams do come true, boys and girls.
As a bonus for the spliff inclined, I threw together a “4/20’s Greatest Hits” piece in honor of the day over at CraveOnline. From Snoop to Ben Harper, Cypress Hill to Outkast and Lawrence Welk (?), it’s a playlist of the best stoner jams out there.