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LAist Interview: Sen Dog of Cypress Hill

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Tonight (10pm) marks the fifth annual installment of VH-1's Hip Hop Honors, a program saluting the contributions of the genre's pioneers and players. This year's honorees include: De La Soul, Slick Rick, Naughty by Nature, Too Shot and Los Angeles' own Cypress Hill.

For the last 20 years, the Hill has been rocking mics with their Cannabis laced brand of genre twisting music that combined hip-hop with elements or rock and Latin music. Sen Dog, born Senen Reyes, has been along for the ride for the highs, lows and really fucking highs of the band's journey that began in the late 1980s. Sen took some time to speak with LAist about that journey, along with the stoner flicks, the legalization of marijuana and the presidential election.

How fast have the last 20 years gone by?
Really fast. Actually I don't know if fast is the right word. Things have gone by rather smoothly over the last 20 years, which makes it feel like it has been pretty quick but there has also been a lot of hard work over the last 20 years to get us this far.

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20 years ago did you ever imagine you guys would be where you are today?
No man. No way. I never would have even imagined it. Who knew we could accomplish so much with our music?

What has been the secret of the group's longevity?
The secret is being able to continue to get out there and perform night after night, and bring your music to as many people as you can live and in-person. Allowing people from across the globe to witness our music from just a few feet away in the concert setting really has made the difference for us.