Cypress Hill's B-Real Talks Using Hip Hop To Escape Gang Life

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Cypress Hill's B-Real Talks Using Hip Hop To Escape Gang Life

Cypress Hill frontman B-Real has always been a cannabis connoisseur in fact, his name is practically synonymous with marijuana.

DMX's Family Reportedly Facing 'Difficult Decision' Following Brain Function Test Results Simone Joyner/WireImage B-Real Credits Hip Hop With Providing An Escape From Gang Life As He Drops 2 Singles For 420 Published on:Apr 20, 2021, 11:22 AM by 0 Cypress Hill frontman B-Realhas always been a cannabis connoisseur in fact, his name is practically synonymous with marijuana. As the brains behind the Dr. Greenthumb dispensaries in Los Angeles, the Hits From The Bong MChas created a successful weed empire that only seems to get bigger with every passing year. However, there was a time when B-Real was headed down a path of destruction but fortunately for him and countless Cypress Hill fans across the world, he took a sharp left somewhere along the way. During a recent interview with The Artist & The Athlete podcast, B-Realtalked about being a former Latino Bloods member and how he used Hip Hop to avert from a life of crime. I chose, I went to it it didnt come to me, he said. My family has always been in and out of crazy things like this. So it was just something that I gravitated to. It was crazy times. I ran with Bloods and thats different for someone like me, because someone like me would usually run with with the Mexican gang or something like that some half-Mexican, so its a little bit tougher for me being a Latino and a Black gang and Blood gang. It was craziness. But truth be told, when I got into the music, they didnt necessarily make me choose, you know, its either this or that. The way I departed from that life was I told my close group of friends within our neighborhood, Hey, this is what Im going to do. And they said, Hey, we got you go ahead and do that shit.' View this post on Instagram A post shared by BREAL.TV (@brealtv) B-Real wasnt necessarily surprised his fellow Bloods knew where that lifestyle would ultimately take a person. They knew they knew where we were headed, he added. If we keep along this path, they were smart enough to know that unfortunately, you know, some of those guys that were my great friends and brothers, theyre still alive, and theyre doing other stuff. Now, you know, theyre not involved in the gang life, but they knew that was my way out. And they supported me with that. So you know, I always was grateful for that. Because sometimes, you know, the ties are so deep, the streets dont let you go. As the conversation continued, B-Real admitted he had to be careful when it came to rapping about certain things. We might sort of do our music, talk about experiences that weve been through, but we would never tell the full story that might get someone twisted up because we realize it would affect another life, he said. Its a matter of just being present enough to know hows it gonna affect someone else. And its just like being a role model in terms of making music, you dont want to make music thats going to influence people to go do something horrible. Or think, Oh, maybe you know what, if they got away with it, I could get away with it. Read more

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