With work under way on Cypress Hill's seventh annual Smoke Out festival, two names keep popping up in B-Real's brain.
"We've been wanting to get Eminem," said the rapper, who shares his manager, Paul Rosenberg, with the Detroit icon. "And the Chili Peppers. They're a hot band. It'd be great for them to play the gig, but we'll make it a fun festival for everybody regardless."
Plans are in the early stages, but B-Real said the show will go down in the Los Angeles area in October or November.
In the meantime, Cypress Hill will continue to promote their March release, Till Death Do Us Part (see "Cypress Hill Bring It Back Home With Till Death Do Us Part"), with one-off performances.
On August 14, the group will share the stage with Kid Rock, Ludacris, Lil Jon, Nickelback and Our Lady Peace at the Coors Light Mountain Jam at Red Rocks Amphitheatre near Denver. Atlanta's Aquafina on the Bricks and San Diego's Street Scene festivals are also on the itinerary. "Summertime in the States, there ain't nothing like it," B-Real said.
Later in the summer, the group will release "Busted in the Hood" as the follow-up single to "What's Your Number." The song uses the same beat and storytelling style of the Beastie Boys' "Paul Revere."
" 'Paul Revere' was a pretty big song for me back in the day; they were a pretty big influence on us and everything," B-Real said. "And that particular story I wrote within the style that they wrote. It was a true story, and at the time of that particular story, the Beasties were a big part of all our lives. ... So it's kinda to pay tribute, and basically to tell a story."
In between concert dates, B-Real also hopes to finally put the finishing touches on Kush, his much-talked-about side project with members of Fear Factory and Deftones (see "B-Real Finishing Up Kush LP, Going Grimmer For Next Cypress Hill Album").
"Everybody's labels have released everybody for that particular record, so it's just a matter of us getting back into the studio and finishing it up," B-Real said. "But there's some very heavy material there just waiting to be put on the grill."
When not in the studio with Cypress or Kush, B-Real is working on material for other friends. "I'm just trying to develop as a producer," he said. "I spend a lot of time writing."