07/19/2008 – B-Real – Rock The Bells 2008 Chicago – July 19, 2008 – First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre – Tinley Park, IL, USA – Keywords: B-Real, B Real, Louis Freese, Cypress Hill, Rock The Bells 2008 – False – – Photo Credit: Adam Bielawski / PR Photos

Birth Name: Louis Mario Freese

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, U.S. (possibly)

Date of Birth: June 2, 1970

*Mexican (father)
*African-Cuban (mother)

B-Real is an American rapper and actor. He is one of the two lead rappers in hip hop group Cypress Hill, which is a part of supergroup Serial Killers. He was one of the frontmen of rap rock group Prophets of Rage. He is known for his distinctive high-pitched nasal voice, with lyrical content varying from gangster to drug-related rhymes. Eric Bobo, Sen Dog, and DJ Muggs are also members of Cypress Hill. He was also a member of rap rock supergroup Prophets of Rage, with Tim Commerford, Chuck D, Tom Morello, and Brad Wilk. He is also known as Dr. Greenthumb.

He was raised in South Gate, California, and later Bell, California, both in Los Angeles. He practices the Yoruba religion Ifá. A picture of B-Real’s mother can be seen here.

In an interview on BluesandSoul.com, B-Real talked about his crew and their image as a Latino group:

Fortunately I guess the fact we were able to achieve what we achieved, being Latino but without really exploiting that side of it, showed like a whole generation behind us how you could have that success without being labelled as just one THING. Because back in the day, when you were labelled ‘a Latino rapper’, the record companies would only try to market you to that Latin fan-base which didn’t really EXIST yet!… So yeah, it feels good to see people recognising us as some of the pioneers that opened the doors for a lotta these other Latino rappers to come through.

Sources: http://grandgood.com


Curious about ethnicity

13 Responses

  1. Mr. Postman says:

    Freese is a Frisian surname. It means “Frisian” in East Frisian. East Frisians are usually from Germany. There was a large influx of German immigration in Mexico in the late 1800s to early 1900s. He likely has some German/Frisian ancestry.

  2. Mr. Postman says:

    This is his official bio from the agency that represents him. It says his mother is Afro-Cuban.

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