On their 30th anniversary, Cypress Hill got their star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Thursday (April 18).
Comedian George Lopez greeted the crowd with the rappers' famous line, "Don't you know I'm loco?" The crowd cheered as fans lined the street holding signs that read, "Stoned is the way to the walk of fame."
Lopez also used the opportunity to bring some attention to the country's current issue with immigration.
"Let's thank the Hollywood Walk of Fame because they could've said, we are full. America is not full, you don't need to go back to where you came from and all you have to do is look around at the thousands of people that are here and that will show you what America looks like right now, today," he said.
Cypress Hill were the first Latino-American hip-hop group to achieve mainstream success with multi-platinum albums. They are widely respected as one of the most influential groups in hip-hop history.
Originally from South Gate, California, the west coast rap group thanked fans for their continued support. B-Real, known for his exaggeratedly high-pitched nasal vocals thanked his group for saving him from gang culture.
"And I want to thank my brothers here, they saved my life," he said. "Because before the music, I was in the gang culture. I was a gangbanger and there wasn't too many ways out of that, as you know. Prison or a grave. My brothers saw something in me and brought me back into the fold to do music with them and we formed Cypress Hill. And I thank you for that man, it was the biggest blessing ever. Thank you."
The band is also known for advocating medical and recreational use of cannabis in the United States. While appreciative of their shiny new star with a gold record, B-Real joked they wished it also displayed a gold marijuana.
"You know, we love the star. It could've been a gold leaf though, a gold weed leaf, that would've been good too," he said. "But this is going to be an altar for all stoners, for all cannabis culture right here. Come light your candles, dump your blunts, dump your joints, dump your bones right here. Pray for a great harvest and thank you very much."
The group recently released their ninth studio album, Elephants On Acid.