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Louis Freese, (born June 2, 1970) better known by his stage name B-Real, is an Americamarker rapper of Mexicanmarker and Cuban heritage. He is best known for being the lead rapper in hip hop group Cypress Hill, who debuted with their self-titled album Cypress Hill in 1991.

Early life and career

Born on June 2, 1970 to a Mexicanmarker father and an Afro-Cuban mother, B-Real moved with his sister and mother out of his father's home to South Gate before ending up in South Central Los Angelesmarker Before dropping out of Bell High School, he befriended future Cypress Hill members Sen Dog and Mellow Man Ace (who forewent staying with the group to go solo). Sen Dog, who was affiliated with the Bloods gang set known as "Neighborhood Family", would later introduce B-Real into the set. B-Real's career as a drug dealer and gangbanger began to come to a close after he was shot in the lung with a .22 pistol in 1988.

After being introduced to DJ Muggs by Julio G the KDAY Mixmaster, B-Real and Sen gained interest in Muggs' concept of an album based on experiences from Cypress Ave in South Gatemarker. The group was signed with Ruffhouse/Columbia records in 1991, and made their influential debut that year. B-Real would use his life-threatening experiences as material for the group's self-titled debut album, and subsequent releases.

Cypress Hill's trademark sound - an eccentric combination of B-Real's exaggeratedly high-pitched nasal vocals and DJ Muggs' distinctive beats - led to the trio becoming the first Latin rap group to have Platinum and Multi-Platinum albums. They remain the best selling Latin rap group to date.

Aside from Cypress Hill, B-Real has been involved in several other musical projects. In 1996 he contributed to the soundtrack for the movie Space Jam. In 2002, he teamed up with Mellow Man Ace and Son Doobie for the short-lived Serial Rhyme Killas, which released one 12" single in 2002. The group recorded a full-length debut album, entitled Deluxe Rapture, but it was never released. B-Real formed a rap metal group, Kush, with Deftones guitarist Stephen Carpenter and Fear Factory members Christian Olde Wolbers and Raymond Herrera. According to B-Real, Kush is more aggressive than other bands in the genre. He was also previously a member of the group The Psycho Realm, and in 2007 announced that he would collaborate with Sick Jacken once again on a new album.

Production Work

In addition to his career as an MC, B-Real has worked as a music producer for six years, with clients ranging from Proof of D12 to the WWE. He intentionally kept his production for Cypress Hill down to a minimum, as not to interfere with DJ Muggs' involvement in the group, but has produced several tracks for his own solo projects. B-Real also manages a team of music producers known as the "Audio Hustlaz." B-Real personally produced three tracks on his solo album Smoke N Mirrors, 'Don't Ya Dare Laugh', 'Fire' and 'Dr. Hyphenstein', looking to outside producers for the other tracks. B-Real and his production crew will be working alongside DJ Muggs and others on the upcoming Cypress Hill album.

Solo projects

B-Real has released three mixtapes as a solo artist "Gunslinger", "Gunslinger Vol. II" and "Gunslinger Vol. III". He released his first solo album, entitled Smoke and Mirrors and has teamed up with Snoop Dogg in a single called Vato for Snoop Dogg's album Tha Blue Carpet Treatment.

Discography

Solo albums



Collaboration albums



Mixtapes



Collaborations

Throughout his career, B-Real has had an extensive list of collaborations including Snoop Dogg, Psycho Realm, Eminem, Ice Cube, DJ Quik, Pearl Jam, Chino XL, Dr. Dre, Apathy, Mike Shinoda, Malverde, Fear Factory, Nas, KRS One, Adil Omar, Xzibit, Young De, RBX, LL Cool J, Warren G, Busta Rhymes, Tony Touch, Kool G Rap, Big Pun, OutKast, Prozak, Nina Sky, Fat Joe, Method Man & Redman, RZA, Kurupt, D12, Proof, Everlast, House of Pain, Ill Bill, La Coka Nostra, Deftones, MC Ren, King T, Sonic Youth, Funkdoobiest and many more.

Guest appearances

Year Song Artist Album

Da Lench Mob Guerillas in tha Mist
East Coast/West Coast Killas" Dr. Dre Dr. Dre Presents the Aftermath
Hit 'Em High " VA Space Jam
OutKast Stankonia
"Deadly Assassins" Everlast Eat at Whitey's
Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E. West Koastra Nostra
D12 D12 World
Proof Searching for Jerry Garcia
"Roll Up" Supernatural S.P.I.T.
Vato" Snoop Dogg Tha Blue Carpet Treatment
"Back Again" Dilated Peoples 20/20
Akrobatik Absolute Value
La Coka Nostra A Brand You Can Trust
"Fuck Tony Montana"
"How Hi Can U Get" Tash Control Freek


References

  1. B-Real Official Website Bio
  2. B-Real Official Website Bio
  3. B-Real Official Website Bio
  4. B-Real Official Website Bio
  5. Interview - "Mental Hollow Points with B-Real of Cypress Hill
  6. B-Real Official Website Bio
  7. B-Real Official Website Bio
  8. "Greatest Hits From the Bong Out"
  9. B-Real Official Website Discography
  10. Latin Hip Hop News - "Psycho Realm Conducts their Sick Symphonies"
  11. Interview - "Mental Hollow Points with B-Real of Cypress Hill
  12. Interview - "Mental Hollow Points with B-Real of Cypress Hill
  13. Interview - "Mental Hollow Points with B-Real of Cypress Hill
  14. http://allhiphop.com/stories/features/archive/2008/09/30/20542720.aspx
  15. Latin Hip Hop News - " B-Real of Cypress Hill solo mixtape"


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