Cypress Hill has achieved one of the entertainment industry’s highest honors. On Thursday the famous hip-hop group, which formed out of southern California in the late 1980s and would go on to help introduce a new generation to power rap, were given their own star on the famous Hollywood Walk of Fame. In doing so, they made history in becoming the first Latino hip-hop group to earn the honor out of the 2,600+ plaques which already exist on the famous walkway.
The ceremony took place on Thursday morning, and was hosted by Rana Ghadban, President and CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. Actor and comedian George Lopez and rap artist Xzibit were also on hand to help honor the group as their star was unveiled in front of the Green Leaf Restaurant at Eastown on Hollywood Boulevard.
“There are 2,600 stars on the ‘Hollywood Walk of Fame’,” Lopez said in his brief speech during the morning ceremony. “But there is none more important than the star that we are about to unveil for Cypress Hill. “There’s a lot of actors, comedians, a lot of entertainers who are on this star, but there’s only one Cypress Hill.”
Xzibit also chimed in on the importance of the group during his own speech in saying, “You are our Rolling Stones. Our Grateful Dead. You are the west coast Public Enemy. You’ve stood the test of time and we cherish you and love you for everything you’ve done.”
Cypress Hill returned with their first studio album in eight years in 2018 with the release of Elephants on Acid. The band toured throughout 2018 in promotion of their ninth album, and continued their busy schedule into 2019 with a recent run of concert dates alongside Hollywood Undead.
The band will also celebrate the distinction with a performance at Whiskey a Go Go right down the street on Sunset Boulevard on Thursday evening.
Fans who couldn’t make it to Hollywood to experience Thursday’s ceremony can relive the entire event via the video above.
George Lopez says there are 2,600 stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, but "none more important than the star we are about to unveil for Cypress Hill" pic.twitter.com/wuaakjKp6u— Variety (@Variety) April 18, 2019
Xzibit to Cypress Hill: "You are our Rolling Stones, our Grateful Dead" pic.twitter.com/dA9ARetPbT— Variety (@Variety) April 18, 2019