Regime and Coast 2 Coast ENT are proud to present :::::::::.........B Real...Oct 2nd
I was born early in the morning on June 2nd in 1970, the son of a Cuban Refugee and a strict Mexican father. My mother was involved in an Anti-Castro group in Havana and escaped from prison to seek refuge in the United States. My father was into alot of gangster shit that seemed to pave the way for the things I would fall into in the years to come. My parents were both hustlers, though, and did what they had to do to provide for us.My father and I didn't get along as I was growing up, as he was trying to prevent me from taking the same path that my brothers did. It was all around me, though, and nothing he could have done would have prevented the choices that I made growing up
My first memory of getting into trouble was when I was about 12 or 13. I stopped at a deli on the way to school with a friend of mine, who began stuffing shit down my shirt. I just went along with it. Hell, everyone else in my family hustled, I might as well too. We ended up getting caught and I tried my best to hold in my laughter as my friend cried like a little girl in front of the cops. My gangsta days came soon after. I was introduced to Sen, who was the G in our city of South Gate, California which borders Compton and all those areas. He was feared because he hung out with alot of the cats from South Central and Watts. Everything kind of fell into place for me. I was never recruited in a gang or forced into it. I chose it. I started bangin' with Sen's homies, which was different from what my brothers were doing. I was with the Bloods, a black gang, when most Mexicans and Latins rolled with their own gangs. But those guys had my back so I never saw a problem with it. Once I started to bang with the bloods, things really started to get crazy. I remember many close calls and many shoot outs where my homies and I were dodging bullets. Most of this went down in the summers of 1986 to 1989. At that time, it was basically a war in the street. Alot of my material comes from that time in my life- friends getting shot, some getting lucky and living. Some not. I had alot of close calls myself.
I remember one occasion where I was on the block with 5 or 6 of my homies, bouncin a basketball. The ball hit the curb and bounced away. As I bent down to pick it up, a car rolled by with a guy sitting on the window ledge, aiming his gun over the roof of the car. When I ducked is when he started shooting. He missed me and caught one of my homies in the ankle. This lifestyle does catch up with you though, and one time I was not so lucky. I was at a party in another Blood neighborhood that bordered a Crip neighborhood and a couple of my homies wanted to make a weed run. Two or three guys decided to come with us to watch our backs, but unfortunately the one that was supposed to bring his gun left it behind. We got to a corner and car full of crips pulled up. I expected my homie to let some shots off, but since he left his gun at the party I was out of luck. One of the Crips had a rifle and let off 5 shots. The first one hit my homie in the forearm. The last one hit me. It felt like a charlie horse. I didn't even realize what had happened or how bad it was until I turned the corner and stopped to look to see if they were still after us. The bullet had punctured my lung. My homies took me to the hospital where I would lay on a gurney for 2 hours before anyone helped me. The cops came in to question me, asking me who shot me. Eventually they told me that I probably deserved it and left. That was one of my main motivations for writing "Pigs". I also wrote "Lick a Shot" based on that night.
I started to get into hip hop some time around 1984. Mellow Man Ace was one of my first influences. He was the first guy I heard rap to my face and it really made a mark on me. I had been writing poetry in school for fun but didn't think about going into hip hop until I heard Mellow. I met Muggs in 1985 through Julio G who is now a legendary DJ. Muggs was my DJ for a while and Sen was with Mellow Man. Eventually, Sen came to rock with me and Muggs. We did demos for a few years, but I got tired of it and went back to bangin'. Sen and Muggs came to me and talked me back into making music again. I didn't think I would make any money from it, so I was hesistant. Good thing I listened to them. At the time I was good with the lyrics but didn't have the best delivery and I was using my normal voice to rhyme with. The guys told me that if I didn't improve the delivery and come up with a better rhyming voice I would just be a writer for Sen, so I knew I had to come up with something since I wanted to be an MC in the group .
One day, I was fuckin' around to the Real Estate beat which Mellow Man originally wrote to but I rewrote. I was just messin' around to it, trying different voices and deliveries and I did an early version of the voice I use now. The guys were like "Do that again." I thought they were crazy. I said it was wack and I wasn't going to rap like that, and they told me to either rap like that or not rap at all. So, I gave it a chance so I could be a rapper in the group. It took me a while to develop it and to be able to carry it for complete songs and albums, and especially while performing, but I got the hang of it after a while and I started to like how it sounded over the stuff Muggs was producing.
We recorded a demo, which included 3 songs that eventually all came together to become "Kill a Man"- the bulk of which was taken from a track called Trigga Happy Nigga. We had a spanish track that Sen did called "Cosa Caliente", a track called "LA's Strongest and Cypress Hills Gettin Funky. Joe the Butcher from Ruffhouse Records in Philly heard of the demo because of Muggs' previous work with 7A3. He loved it and on the strength of that demo we got signed to Sony/Ruffhouse. We got rid of all of those old songs and recorded new shit- Real Estate, Hand on the Pump, Pigs... I wrote Stoned is the Way of the Walk on an hour and half bus ride to Muggs' spot in Hollywood from my crib in Gardena. We recorded most of the first album in Cali, but towards the end we went East to have Joe the Butcher do the mixing and engineering. We also made some new songs out there, and that became a tradition for the first 3 albums.
We finished our album, did a video for "Phuncky Feel One" and went on the road shortly after. We did alot of shows with Naughty by Nature and also performed with Tim Dog, 3rd Bass, Scarface and Ice Cube. All of those shows helped and people started to take notice to Cypress Hill. They got word of how good our live show was and all the energy we put into it. I learned alot of that from Busta and I tried to be as hype as I could while performing. People started to get word of "Kill a Man", which was on the flip side of The Phuncky Feel One. We knew it was a good song but we never thought that MTV or radio would play it because of the content. Well, they did. All of a sudden, people started calling us to do more shows and our record was going up the charts after being out for 6 months. Shit was finally starting to pop off for us. We were pulled off the road to do a video for "Kill a Man", and "Hand on the Pump" was picked as another single. We did videos for both of those songs in 2 days. Kill a Man was shot in Harlem, Times Square, and The Bronx. A year later, our record was platinum. Our first record was 5 years in the making- 5 years of us trying to find ourselves. For it to be accepted like it was felt really great for all of us.
Almost 20 years and more than 30 million albums later, B Real and Cypress Hill are still hip hop royalty and continue to rock stadiums around the world. 2007 finds B Real releasing the third volume of his successful mixtape series, The Gunslinger, as well as working on the other side of the mixing board, producing beats for other artists. B Real has made some high visibility appearances this year, appearing on hit tracks with Snoop Dogg, DJ Quik, Eminem and more. B Real is currently in the studio with Sen Dog recording a new Cypress Hill album for release in 2008, along with his long-awaiting first solo album, also slated for 2009. B has also opened his own studio, Temple Recordings and launched a label and lifestyle brand, Audio Hustlaz.
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:::::::::::Kanabliss Tha Supaspliff
In the early 90's Kanabliss and his two twin brothers formally known as J Roc & Half Sack opened a store called "Eastside Smokes" on the Eastside of Vancouver B.C. They also started one of the very 1st Lowrider Car Clubs in the North West called "West Coast Kings" & opened up their own Record Label, Eastside Smokes Records.
Candy Paint, chrome spokes by the hundreds, custom plaques, 64 chevy's, switches and chronic smoke. Kanabliss has not only represented the West Coast lifestyle here In Vancouver B.C but he is most defiantly one of it's originators. He has blessed the stage with countless of the Industries top Legends Including, Snoop Dogg, Nas, Too Short, Fat Joe, DPG and many more . . . and his stage show never disappoints.
His Album is Available for purchase on i-tunes "The Adventures of Tha Supaspliff" It features Too Short, Daz & Kurupt, Ray-J, Spice -1, Baby Bash & Crooked I to name a few. The Production Quality speaks for it's self when you put the cd in and it takes you on a ride through the sunny west coast, it'll have you seeing palm trees and bikinis in Vancouver B.C. like you were in the heart of L.A.
Kanabliss and his two brothers currently they have a store "Eastside Urban Wear" Located in Metropolis in Metrotown, British Columbia's Largest Shopping Center. Eastside has served the Vancouver Community with the hottest Urban Fashion, Music, Concert Tickets and more for over a decade, and never dissapointed it's supporters.
Kanabliss also has his own clothing line called "Vanstadam" specializing in Tee Shirt's with that unmistakable logo and comes in a wave of hot colors and even some rhinestones for the Blinger's out there. Vanstadam also has custom loc's for the summertime, always in store at Eastside.
Travis ‘Little T’ Turner is an artist of rich talent and feverish motivation. His
résumé is sterling. With disarming charm, sharp wit, and torrid energy, he captivates and
moves crowds. In the Vancouver music and film scenes, he’s built a rock-solid profile.
In the streets they shout his name; in the studios and playhouses they whisper it. If you
haven’t yet witnessed the man’s presence and ability, you will very soon. Travis ‘Little
T’ Turner’s star has risen.
Over years of honing his musical craft, Little T has gathered a following,
performing with acts like Warren G, Lil’ Kim, D12, Hopsin, R.A. The Rugged Man,
Swollen Members, The Knomads, Moka Only, Luckyiam, Kyprios and Shamik.
At home on any stage, T lives for the energy of the crowd. Unsatisfied with the
number of performance opportunities offered to him and the rest of Vancouver’s small,
vibrant core of independent urban artists, Turner launched Mainstreet Live, British
Columbia’s only monthly live Hip-Hop showcase.
His ambitious first release, “The Littlest Biggest Deal”, featured Vancouver
emcees Aspire, Q-Rate L, Junk, Young Hungry, Chadio, Mike Murder, Annoymouz,
Azreal, Kaboom, ATMA, David Morin, Merkk Mikzz, Veritflow, Un-1, and The Family
Compact. It was co-produced by Little T himself and Vancouver visionary, The
Turner’s forthcoming album, Back to the Basics, drops on August 30th. It features
the talents of Moka Only, David Morin, Babie Paul, Shieba Twin, Makemdef, Randy
Ponzio, C’Nez, Moni, Jay-Kin, and E.D.G.E. The album documents the struggles and
joys of an emcee’s rise. On every track, Little T’s trademark honesty and playful lyrics
flow smooth and steady.
The other side of this spinning coin is Travis Turner, actor. Growing up, Travis
experienced the elation of performing in plays and was soon recognized as a real talent.
He starred in Peter Pan, Lord of the Flies, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, among
others. In 2005, he won the award for Outstanding Male Performance in a Supporting
Role at the Alberta One Act Festival for his portrayal of J-Rat in Mousetown.
Since then, Turner has upped the ante. He’s been picked up by acclaimed agent
Natasha Trisko, and has performed in over fifteen independent films, including Scars,
Henchin, and Snowtramp. These films were screened and won awards at various film
festivals, including New Zealand Mountain, Tao New Mexico Mountain, Vancouver
International MidForms, New Media, Made in Vancouver, and the prestigious
Hollywood North Showcase during the 2010 Winter Olympics.
Turner’s tremendous efforts have finally taken him to the next level: He regularly
features on Television and in Full Length Motion Pictures. He appeared in the Battlestar
Galactica follow-up, Caprica, and landed a role alongside Battlestar’s Michael Hogan in
the feature Confine. In Romania, he worked with Roger Moore, of James Bond fame, on
A Princess for Christmas. Then, in TV’s Supernatural, he featured as a vampire. He
appeared on NBC’s Fairly Legal, Teletoon’s Tower Prep, and landed a starring role in
Nickelodeon’s sequel to Fairly Odd Parents, alongside Drake Bell and Daniella Monet.
Travis recently starred in Marley and Me: The Puppy Years: the sequel to the popular
feature film starring Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson.
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