The High Times Interview With B-Real

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On the High Times cover, you might see us
Takin’ hits from the bong with the eight-foot Zong
With weed so strong, it’ll knock out King Kong.
—B-Real, on Cypress Hill’s “K.U.S.H.”

What can we say? B-Real loves HIGH TIMES, and HIGH TIMES loves B-Real right back. Ever since Cypress Hill dropped their first album in 1991, the California hip-hop crew have been ardent advocates of all things green and smokeable, dropping stoner staples like “Dr. Greenthumb,” “Hits From the Bong,” “Stoned Is the Way of the Walk” and our personal favorite, “High Times.” The group’s unique sound, anchored by producer DJ Muggs’s bong-shakingly hefty instrumentals and B-Real’s dexterous high-pitched raps, pushed hip-hop into heretofore unprecedented levels of eccentricity, menace and murk—often within the span of the same song.

Meanwhile, B-Real has become a staple of his home state’s legal weed industry, releasing Cannabis Cup–worthy strains and partnering with ROOR for Phuncky Feel Tips, which give discerning tokers an alternative to fiddling with cardboard joint tips or ignominiously MacGyvering one by tearing into the cover of their rolling papers. He’s also a tireless advocate for legalization, speaking knowledgeably about the various economic, social and medical benefits that a fully legal marijuana industry can bestow. Hell, we think so much of the guy that we named him as our “Stoner of the Year” back in 2014.

Still, don’t get it twisted: Just because the 46-year-old rapper likes to twist up a fat one doesn’t mean his radical politics are limited to pot. Just look at Prophets of Rage, the pugnacious new supergroup that finds B-Real and Chuck D from Public Enemy flowing over mosh-inciting instrumentals courtesy of Tom Morello, Brad Wilk and Tim Commerford from agit-metal firebrands Rage Against the Machine. The group formed in response to the increasingly Orwellian political and social circumstances facing our nation, and their stated goal is to rock out and kick ass until the revolution comes.

We caught up with B-Real while he was still on tour before the recent earth-shaking presidential election to discuss his smoking habits, his unique legacy in the realm of both rap and weed, and why the world needs a band like Prophets of Rage now more than ever.

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